Some do’s and don’ts when applying for a job

December 9, 2011

Photo credit: The Giant Vermin / flickr

We have been sifting through a mass of applications for the position of SPL Communications Manager: arriving at a shortlist was difficult. There are many talented people out there, but even they haven’t grasped some essentials in making an application. We thought it might be useful to offer a few pointers.


  • try to restrict your covering letter to 1 or 2 pages and your CV to 2 pages
  • show an understanding of the organisation’s aims and ethos
  • connect your skills with its needs
  • communicate a sense of your personality: lots of people claim to be competent, calm and team-players – what makes you stand out?


  • repeat in the covering letter all the information in your CV
  • give the impression of a cut-and-paste application e.g. leaving in the name of another organisation to which you’ve applied
  • start off with your birth date and/or marital status – not relevant or required these days
  • make spelling mistakes, especially when claiming that attention to detail is your strength!

Thank you to everyone who applied, though. We appreciate your interest!


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