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  # 230221 2-Jul-2009 11:25
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My first reply disappeared...

So thanks again about the advice, and apparently I am doing the right thing and good tips for the interview advice.

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  # 233177 9-Jul-2009 18:51
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Marmion: -Browse websites of potential employers.

-Personalise your CV and cover letter to each individual employer/position.

-Get your CV and cover letter checked by someone like a careers councilor (your university should offer this service).

-Search for any relevant news articles where the employer is mentioned.

-In the interview(s), show knowledge and interest in your employer, but don't go overboard. Be confident, assertive, but deifinately not 'cocky' or arrogant.

-An interview is as much an opportunity for you to learn about your employer and their work environment as much as it is for them to assess your confidence, competance, characteristics and suitability for the role.



I agree with all of those points.

A little research using a prospective employers web site demonstrates to the interviewer that you are a serious candidate and poor spelling or grammar in a CV or covering letter can be cause for rejection of your application.

Without wanting to "put down" Marmion,   I've highlighted Marmion's spelling errors,  personally when receiving a large volume of job applications,  any more than one spelling or a major grammatical error in the covering letter can be sufficient for me to immediately reject that application.


 
 
 
 


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  # 233195 9-Jul-2009 20:04
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kiwiscoota:

Without wanting to "put down" Marmion,   I've highlighted Marmion's spelling errors,  personally when receiving a large volume of job applications,  any more than one spelling or a major grammatical error in the covering letter can be sufficient for me to immediately reject that application.



Guilty as charged Embarassed and I agree spelling is very important when it comes to any job application.  In my defence this is a forum and I'm not going to put any effort into checking my spelling and typographical errors (especially when compared to my CV and Cover Letters).
Anyway my (future) employer was obviously impressed with my application, as they were all over me before and after my interview.  Subsequently, after my internship performance, I was offered a graduate position - something which is very comforting given the current economic climateCool.

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  # 233198 9-Jul-2009 20:14
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As I said, I was not trying to put you down, I was just using your post as an illustration of simple misspelling that if contained in a Cover Letter or CV, might result in an otherwise worthwhile application being rejected.

I should be honest and admit, that for once in my life I double checked my own spelling in my post, as I often post to forums without checking my spelling. :)

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