6. Everyone recycles job applications. That’s fine, but you might want to make sure that your covering letter doesn’t become your ‘stump speech’, fixed in its phraseology or structure irrespective of the target vacancy. Think about the criteria we’ve set out and your experiences and order them appropriately.
7. Be yourself. Communicate who you are and what you’re all about in your own words. Job hunting is a serious business but we’re not looking for drones. If you live and breathe politics that’s fine, but if it’s a career choice not a lifestyle that’s also fine.
8. Being party political does not necessarily disadvantage you from a job which requires you to be politically neutral during working hours. Demonstrating insight into the political process will almost certainly be valuable, but we’ll also need to be convinced that you can write and analyse from an impartial position as well.
9. Proof, proof, proof and proof again. We read lots of applications which are perfect in their spelling and grammar but there in the two-line covering email will be a typo. For our working requirements, your ability to stay vigilant in the just-before-deadline email is where we would look to judge accuracy under pressure. Yes, everyone can slip up, but typos will almost certainly fast-track your application to the ‘No’ pile.
10. If applying to NDW in future, mention this blog post! You’ll get bonus points for doing your homework.