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Applying for a job, but writing informally

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by aix0, 23 Oct 2015.

  1. aix0

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 708

    Location: Staffordshire

    I've just applied for a job online and felt compelled to write the cover note in an informal style / tone. My note was candid and succinct; it felt much more natural than the usual robotic, cliched drivel that I may normally be inclined to write.

    What's everyone's take on using informal language in this context?
     
  2. ultralaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Sep 2014

    Posts: 1,096

    Entirely depends on the company your applying too. A cool tech startup might like an informal note, however a company steeped in tradition might not. TBH if it's the way you wanted to write it, and they say no then perhaps it wasn't right company anyhow.
     
  3. aix0

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 708

    Location: Staffordshire

    That was pretty much my thinking at the time of writing!

    Also, for reference, the company is Google. The informal tone just seemed appropriate.
     
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  4. [FnG]magnolia

    Pancake

    Joined: 29 Aug 2007

    Posts: 27,410

    Location: Auckland

    That might work in a limited number of fields and certainly bar you from further progress in the majority of them.

    Context is important so it'd be useful if you could share what the role is.
     
  5. aix0

    Hitman

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    Location: Staffordshire

    The role is software engineering intern.
     
  6. dowie

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 29 Jan 2008

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    I'd assume they'd not care too much - they're more likely to be interested in your skill set and whether you can get through the initial screening
     
  7. [FnG]magnolia

    Pancake

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    Location: Auckland

    That makes sense and you've probably done the right thing :)
     
  8. Janesy B

    Caporegime

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    Location: Essex

    No one reads cover letters anyway.
     
  9. Quartz

    Capodecina

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    Location: Aberdeen

    It all goes on file, but it's the first half of the first page of your CV that gets them to read everything else.
     
  10. ultralaser

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Sep 2014

    Posts: 1,096

    To be fair this isn't true with all employers. I'd never advise anyone not to consider their covering letter. I'd say the nice thing about a covering letter is you can say why you want a job, not why you should get it. CV's are dry, full of your experiences and your skills, a covering letter for me always demonstrates a candidates desire to join.
     
  11. BigglesPiP

    Capodecina

    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

    Posts: 13,290

    Location: Near Winchester

    I'm a fan of application processes that do as much to show you that it's a company worth working for as let you show that you're suitable.

    I was recently successful in an application where one of the steps was write a programming exercise and upload it to github.
     
  12. Caged

    Capodecina

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    Posts: 24,479

    I was told by a friend of mine that software engineering job applications now are a few sentences about why you want to work there, a CV to show job history, and a link to your GitHub.
     
  13. HangTime

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Hampshire

    If the cover note is a document then I write formally and at reasonable length. If it is an email with CV attachment, less so.