I am in the process of applying for a second post. 3 years into teaching and it feels like lots has changed in terms of the applications I am doing. I have an application form and it requests a 'letter of application' to be attached to meet the person specification. Reading your previous posts is this the one where I begin it 'Dear Mr....'? Do I start with an opening sentence about why I am interested in the position or do you only do that in a covering letter? Also there is a section for details of courses attended - there are only 7 spaces. Do I pick the 'best' ones that are appropriate or do I continue on a separate sheet and in the final space put 'continued on a separate sheet'? Or should I try to group them? My mum read a previous application of mine and in the courses section it asks for duration and I put the specific length eg. 1.5 hours, 2 hours etc. My mum thought it sounded ridiculous (she works in manufacturing) but I tried to explain that working in the early years many of our courses are short cluster seminars or meetings, its the nature of our CPD. Should I put '1 day' instead? Feel like that's not quite the truth? I have read on here about using bullet points. I feel uneasy about this and I don't know why but I am used to writing in paragraphs. Should I be sub-heading a letter of application according to the person spec? Feeling very confused and now analysing my last application and trying to improve upon it with this next one. Unfortunately I won't be able to find out about the last one until after sending out this next form but still trying to do my best to make any important improvements. Help would be much appreciated please!