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    So I've been applying to schemes for a while and read a lot on how to write successful CVs and cover letters! But a specific scheme I'm currently applying to doesn't ask for a CV or a cover letter, neither does it have an online application form. Instead it says they'd like to get to know you, so email them about your education history, relevant experience, interests and a answer to a question they provide. Therefore do I just send them the information they've asked for? Or should I also express why I'm applying to them, why I'd be a good fit, why I'm passionate about the industry, etc? (I know the usual advice is send a cover letter if you can) Just this scheme application seems to want to be a little less formal in my eyes... Any advice would be great! I don't want to be seen as sending a generic application when it seems like they want only specific information.

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    (Original post by ryan02)
    So I've been applying to schemes for a while and read a lot on how to write successful CVs and cover letters! But a specific scheme I'm currently applying to doesn't ask for a CV or a cover letter, neither does it have an online application form. Instead it says they'd like to get to know you, so email them about your education history, relevant experience, interests and a answer to a question they provide. Therefore do I just send them the information they've asked for? Or should I also express why I'm applying to them, why I'd be a good fit, why I'm passionate about the industry, etc? (I know the usual advice is send a cover letter if you can) Just this scheme application seems to want to be a little less formal in my eyes... Any advice would be great! I don't want to be seen as sending a generic application when it seems like they want only specific information.

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    That's very unusual... do they specifically say not to provide a CV?
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    (Original post by Smack)
    That's very unusual... do they specifically say not to provide a CV?
    They don't specifically say that, I just feel if I send my CV it might look like I haven't read through their application process and just sent a generic application. Here's the PDF of the job posting, the info about applying is on the last page http://www.think.eu/assets/resources...202016_Web.pdf
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    (Original post by ryan02)
    They don't specifically say that, I just feel if I send my CV it might look like I haven't read through their application process and just sent a generic application. Here's the PDF of the job posting, the info about applying is on the last page http://www.think.eu/assets/resources...202016_Web.pdf
    I will confess to not having read the PDF in its entirely, however it fortunately does not prohibit the use of a CV, and therefore I would definitely include your CV in your application. You may be able to provide the rest of the required information via a cover letter, or you may be able to just answer the question(s). If in doubt I would contact the company directly.
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    Creative industries like these sometimes provide vague formatting criteria to see in what ways your present the information. There's probably a 101 directions you could go in - but which ever one you go for, think about what skills you will need in the job and how that can be shown in the format as well as the evidence/content.


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    (Original post by ryan02)
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    I'd say, use the basic principles of a CV and a covering letter, but answer their questions in the covering letter, and feel free to be a little more creative about the styling (use theirs as a guide!) and you can relax the tone a little (although note they are relaxed and friendly, but aren't using slang or being too casual).

    They've thought very hard about this advert, and they want people to fit. However, note they do ask for some of the CV/covering letter basics. So basically you have to blend the two together.
 
 
 
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