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Dear Theo: What do I include in a letter of application?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by danduerden, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. danduerden

    danduerden New commenter

    Hi Theo,

    I'm applying for a job and there is a section on the application called Skill, Knowledge and experience. It seems to be asking for the same kind of information that I would have included in a letter of application. Should include the same info in the letter that I do in this section of the application?

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  2. danduerden

    danduerden New commenter

    Hi Theo,

    I'm applying for a job and there is a section on the application called Skill, Knowledge and experience. It seems to be asking for the same kind of information that I would have included in a letter of application. Should include the same info in the letter that I do in this section of the application?

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Annoying isn't it when they cut the ground under your feet like that!
    You are right to ask the question - it would not be a good idea to waste a chance to impress by just repeating something.
    Now the headings that they give (Skill, Knowledge and experience) make it a perfect place to put your executive summary.
    Quick reminder:
    For an effective application, you should send:
    • an application form with every bit filled in, no "See letter"
    • an application letter OR personal statement. Not both but certainly one of them.
    • a cover letter ONLY if you do a personal statement. See FAQs inside the Welcome thread
    • an Executive summary. If there's a space on the form, put it in there; if not, put it at the end of your letter so that it gets printed out automatically. The shortlisting clickables explain about this.
    If you are unsure what an executive summary is, then these posts will tell you why you should use it, and my Welcome thread shortlisting clickables will tell you how to do one:
    Please take Theo's advice!
    taking Theo's Advice
    The benefit of an executive summary
    read theo's advice and do the executive summary people, it really does work, seriously!!!!
    Dear Theo: Executive summary works- I have an interview
    Best wishes
    __________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  4. danduerden

    danduerden New commenter

    Thanks for the advice.

    Dan
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Good luck!
    __________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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