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Applying - do you tailor it to the person spec or the job description?

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HairyMaclary Thu 25-May-17 22:30:57

I'm applying for a promotion, but within a very new job so it feels like back to work. I haven't had to do a CV, covering letter or interview for over 15 years!

I've been given and ad, job description and person spec and told to write 1-2 A4 pages saying why I would be good for this role. I've started going through the person spec writing something about each point, is this the right approach? I'm worried there will be quite a lot of repetition? How much detail do I need to give? Examples for each point? That would take pages so I guess not!

Any other advice? I'm writing in the first person, lots of I've done this, in my previous role I did that type of thing. Is that correct?

I'm slightly doubting myself so wanted to check with experts!

Dawnedlightly Thu 25-May-17 22:31:38

Both! wink

Brokenbiscuit Thu 25-May-17 22:32:46

Both, but person spec is more important as that's usually what they will use to do the shortlisting.

mummabubs Thu 25-May-17 22:33:36

Person spec 😊

ifeellikechickentonight Thu 25-May-17 22:37:05

Definitely cover all of the "essential" criteria in the person spec

MyHairNeedsASnip Thu 25-May-17 22:38:12

Yes person spec, answer them like they're questions.

HairyMaclary Fri 26-May-17 07:33:00

Thank you all!

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