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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby RagDoll » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:03 am

Dipsy, sounds good in general, my only comments (feel free to ignore obviously!) would be:

1. I would address the person by their title (Miss/Mrs/Ms) followed by her surname, as opposed to 'Alison'

2. I wouldn't actually say that you meet all the personal specification, but instead point out ways in which you do (which I assume is what you're doing in the bulk of the letter)

3. I would use more examples to back up the things you're saying e.g. when you say you have excellent organisational skills, is there an example you can use to demostrate this? Like times when you may have organised big meetings/conferences, managed your time effectively to meet deadlines and so forth...

4. With regards to your last paragraph, I would change the spin to how it would be an advantage to the company to have you work in this new role, as opposed to how it would be an advantage to you personally. You can subtely say it would be adventageous to yourself by saying you're keen to expand your experience or something, but I would also sell yourself more by saying that you have the the skills, knowledge etc. to succeed in this role.

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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:53 am

RagDoll wrote:1. I would address the person by their title (Miss/Mrs/Ms) followed by her surname, as opposed to 'Alison'


Even though I know her? I've included her full name on the address. It's just hard trying to make it look formal yet causual since its an internal vacancy in a small company.
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby RagDoll » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:06 pm

Well it's your judgement call really, obviously you know more than me how the company is and how formal or informal to be, but my feeling is that when it comes to job applications, I would be pretty formal, even if I knew them. I could be totally wrong in the context of your company though!
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:10 pm

It's tough because even the email we got said "send applications to Alison by Friday" I'll think about it

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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby RagDoll » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:16 pm

No problemo, let us know how it goes :) Good luck!
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:18 am

I've made a couple of changes and I think I'm happy with it; I addressed it to Mrs. Alison too.

Applications are to be in this friday but I've booked Wed - Fri off work :)
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby RagDoll » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:21 am

Let us know if you get an interview :)
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:02 am

I've sent it now *chews nails* - I do think I won't get the job because if someone from that department applied I think they'll get it; at least work will see I am fed up doing what I do now.

I will let you know when I hear anything :)
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby Bel Bel » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:53 am

Best of luck dipsy
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby Skarlet » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:02 pm

Good luck with it. will cross my fingers for you.
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:13 am

I have an interview a week on Wednesday for it.

My interview is an hour and a half :(....the total time the room is booked for is 3 hours; guessing then there are only 2 applicants. It just depends who the other person is; if they have been working on that department before etc.
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby rufio89 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:26 am

Wow thats a long interview.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you dips!
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:53 am

Well the interview might be Tuesday now lol. I'm not 100% confirmed on a date or time yet (I was but they changed it). I'll let you know when I get a definite time and date.

rufio89 wrote:I'll keep my fingers crossed for you dips!


Thank you; any chance of toes as well?
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby RagDoll » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:57 am

Aw that's brill, I will keep my fingers (and toes) crossed for you too!

With regards to the long interview - is there a chance you might have to do something other than an interview in that time? e.g. a test of some description?
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Re: Covering Letter - HELP!

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:13 am

They normally do tests for new people; I don't know how they'll do an internal interview. I was just wondering if they'd scheduled so much time for a test or jsut because they aren't sure how long it will take...I dunno. I'll find out when they ever tell me a date and time....(or a new date and time).
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