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Old 12.09.2010, 16:49
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Job application etiquette: advice needed

So I received a letter from a company I applied to about a week ago. Expecting a rejection with wishes for my eternal success and prosperity, I was happy to read that they were just confirming receipt of my documents.

This is a really unique opportunity for me, and I want to ensure I make the best possible impression so that I actually nail an interview (and, of course, get the job too - that would be nice).

Any suggestions on what I can do now to increase my chances? Should I answer (seems a bit redundant, but perhaps there's a "right" way to do this)? Should I just hang on, biting my nails?

Thanks all - keep your fingers crossed for me.
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Old 12.09.2010, 18:02
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

Sit back, relax. Wait for the next letter or call.
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Old 12.09.2010, 18:23
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

Agreed. At this stage, the company is still only reviewing your application. The next contact from them will indicate whether you made it in the first round. Sometimes HR will call, sometimes the hiring manager. What I like that after an interview (telephone or face to face), a candidate writes an email still expressing interest in the role. I know it is a bit old-fashion but only a few candidates do this anymore, so you do stand out. Good luck and fingers cross for a first interview for you!
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Old 12.09.2010, 21:52
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

Thanks guys - hope, hope, hope, hope, hope.... wish, wish, wish... chill, chill, chill....

If I do get a foot in the door I will definitely be sending a thank-you afterwards. Thanks Mimster for sharing your experience that this is not necessarily the norm. I do it after every interview, and just assumed that everyone else did. I appreciate knowing that this can help me be remembered.

Now, where's my glass of Sagrantino gone to...?
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:53
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

The thank you note should not only express interest, it should also stipulate (a short paragraph) what you could do in the position and how you would envision the project/responsibilities. Basically pay careful attention to what's important to them and reformulate it according to your expertise.

While waiting.... zap the whole thing with positive vibes

Hope it works out for you.
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

Thank you, Sky. I woke up in a good mood this morning - and it's Monday!! - so that's a start.

If anyone has any extra good vibes, send them my way!

Good week, all.
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Good luck, it is a tough business looking for work
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Re: Job application etiquette: advice needed

I was once told by a recruitment consultant that they didn't wish me luck with an interview but they wished me success.

So I wish you much success. Oh, I've got my fingers crossed for you too (I find that every little bit helps)
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