<p>I've been collecting apps for a position I need to fill which involves lots of detail-oriented work, time sensitive stuff coming all at once, dealing with irate/needy/confused/rushed customers, etc. I've noticed just a few things from the 60 apps I've received that are more and more annoying to me every time it happens.</p>
<p>1) Read the ad and address the things it stresses as important. If you're asked for a letter of interest, a paragraph won't cut it.
2) If you're supposed to submit electronically, DO NOT send/fax a hard copy, too.
3) If technology is an important factor, make sure your attachments open and are in a common format.
4) If you're asked for multiple things (CV, letter, letters of reference, etc.), make sure it's there in the order mentioned, but don't put it all in separate documents.<br>
5) Don't add things that aren't asked for. If you think they're important, mentioned them in a cover letter. You can provide supporting documentation later if it's needed.
6) put your name in the file name of any attachments, not the name of the company/job
7) Don't put important info in the e-mail text that is not also included in the attachment. </p>
<p>I've just spent half a day saving files that all have the same name, only half of which include the applicant's name, and apps from 60+ people each with 1-5 attachments. I am so grateful to the people who combined everything. In some cases the e-mails are very perfunctory (please find attached), in others they contain important info, so I have to save both. </p>
<p>It is going to be very easy to weed out a large number of people very quickly, but then they'll wonder why they weren't considered for the final cut.</p>
<p>Another thing I did to check for the "attention to detail" trait was to send the announcement from one e-mail and ask them to submit applications to another. Brownie points for those that did it right, none for those who just replied to the e-mail. </p>
<p>What other ideas do you have?</p>