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Dear Theo, application advice

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by puffinjen, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. puffinjen

    puffinjen New commenter

    Hi Theo,
    I have done a search to see if I can get an answer to this Q but to no avail.
    I am currently applying for a job that has no room for a personal statement on the application form. I had already prepared my covering letter before the application form arrived which is already over a page long - it did not explicitly address the person specification as I expected to put this in the application form (although some parts would lend themselves to being put under the relevant headings). So now I have a dilemma - do I re-write it, using the headings style approach I normally use for applications forms (detailing how I meet each criteria)? Or is there another expected approach in this situation?
    Many thanks!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    You need to make your application the very best you can, so yes you may need to look at re-writing it, possibly using your own suggestion of incorporating some details under relevant headings.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    How did you manage to do your covering letter before you had the details from the school?
    Your letter must be individual to each school, specific to them.
    And "over a page long" is not enough. Should be two, plus the executive summary.
    So sorry, you need to start again!
    (You might also be a prime candidate to join the Job Seminbar on Sat 2nd April where we explain in great detail all of this . . .)
    Best of luck!

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews. The next Job Application seminar where you can meet me in on Saturday 2 April.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!

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