I am applying for a job for the first time in four years and feeling rather like a fish out of water! Ideally, I am looking for a part-time English teaching post in an independent school in Bristol (I have primary and secondary teaching experience and qualified 10 years ago). Having had a look at a few example CVs, I was firstly surprised to see that personal statement paragraphs are written in the third person. Is this correct? Secondly, the example letters of application I have seen seem to involve an awful lot of trumpet blowing to sell the candidates' skills - far more than I would feel comfortable with personally. Am I terribly out of touch or have I simply seen the offerings of some very confident individuals? All advice gratefully received. Thank you.