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Quick question about a job application

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pageturner Wed 21-Oct-09 23:25:17

How long should the supporting statement be, where you match your skills against the job description and person spec? The job I'm applying for has 20 essential attributes (all of wich I can cover) and 12 desirables (or which I can cover 8) and my rough draft is over 3 pages blush.

How long is too long?

Also (sorry, realised there was another question after all!), I had organised the statement under the headings from the person spec, but there's a lot of overlap. If I restructure it to rationalise the content will they take the trouble to pick out all the attributes? I was trying to make it easy for them not to miss that I have all the essentials.

mylovelymonster Wed 21-Oct-09 23:35:09

My DH has done this recently as under threat of redundancy and I believe getting in all the attributes as listed in spec is the way to go. Get in all the key buzzwords and leave out exemplifying too heavily until you get the interview to cut down length?
Someone in HR might be along soon to help....

Yes - make it easy for whoever will be doing the initial weeding out as likely they won't be totally au fait with specific requirements - may be an external agency, internal HR - unlikely to be recruiting manager directly involved.

TanyaBranning Wed 21-Oct-09 23:46:42

I'd say keep it to one page, one and a half tops. Hit each of the essentials on the job spec, and weave in as many of the phrases from the desirables as poss afterwards. Three pages def too long.

If it helps, I often group together related bits of the job spec and create one paragraph that ticks them all off, with one killer example that meets all two/three/whatever.

pageturner Thu 22-Oct-09 09:28:04

Ah, TB, that was what i was hoping I could do. I was just worried that if it's a box-ticker person rather than someone who really knows about the job (like mlm said) they might miss the fact that I've got all the essentials.

<fret fret>

StealthPolarBear Thu 22-Oct-09 09:36:54

leave it under their headings - they'll love you.
would try to cut it down a bit - happy to read it if i can help?

pageturner Thu 22-Oct-09 09:40:48

SPB - I want them to love me! I'm not sure that I'm the best qualified for the job but I do have all the skills...I'm not feeling very confident about it, which is amplified by the fact that I really want it. It's the Holy Grail of jobs: part-time, term-time only and quite well paid!

StealthPolarBear Thu 22-Oct-09 09:41:54

do you want me to read it?
Kate Fallon 44 at hot mail dot com

pageturner Thu 22-Oct-09 10:44:18

OK! be gentle with me though! This is my second job application in 11 years! <faints>

StealthPolarBear Thu 22-Oct-09 11:11:20

got them thanks, will have a look - so far it looks very impressive

pageturner Thu 22-Oct-09 11:12:49

Thank you! I don't feel very impressive atm blush...

StealthPolarBear Thu 22-Oct-09 11:38:27

sent it back, tbh I think it could go as you have it now, but as everyone likes to seem important I have made some suggestions

pageturner Thu 22-Oct-09 11:55:27

Thankyou Stealth, that was brilliant! smile

mylovelymonster Thu 22-Oct-09 12:38:18

Lots of luck PT!

pageturner Fri 23-Oct-09 20:47:38

I've just had a phone call...I've got an interview! Eeek! Monday 2nd November! Thank you guys, particulaly SPB! smile

boocha Mon 02-Nov-09 22:46:44

How did it go?

pageturner Mon 02-Nov-09 23:09:47

Oooh, well remembered! The interview went well and there were tasks that went OK, but I didn't get it sad. Someone with more experience did, but they said lots of nice things about how I did.

Thank you for asking. smile

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