The Cover Letter is very important. No application will be reviewed without one. Get directly to the point of why you think you should be considered for the position that is open. Focus on what you can you do for our company first and foremost, and tell us why we should really want to hire you.
Don't send us a general application that might be sent to any potential employer. Tell us why you want to work with Alison, specifically. Make sure we know you have taken time to understand what we do and why we do it.
Make sure you have become a member of our site. If you are applying for a marketing or publishing position, make sure you have completed at least one short course on Alison. We want candidates who are prepared and have done basic company research.
Attention to Detail is important in our business. Spelling Mistakes disqualify applicants - get your CV and letter of application correct.
We are less interested in where you come from and what you have formally studied. We are interested in what you have done to date, both at work and in your private time. Are you someone who finds their way in life, or someone who lets life dictate how they live? Be assured, we are seeking the former.
Alison is a for-profit social enterprise. Yes, we operate the business as a business and it is run as such, but to everyone on board, from the CEO down, we are all motivated to change the world of education and training and to bring greater opportunity and empowerment to all via learning. If this is something that excites you, apply to join us. If not, apply somewhere else!
If you are interesting in working with Alison, but believe that you are under qualified for a position advertised, then consider applying for another, perhaps entry level position at Alison. By doing this, you get on board the company, and from there, you can show us what you can do. When we are seeking to hire, we hire from within first of all, then externally. If you have one position with Alison, its the best place to be to get another more desired position within the Company.