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When a prospective employee submits a job application in writing, the job application documents usually include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae, a photograph and copies of references. The job advertisement itself often states what documents are required. The employer is under an obligation to ensure their safekeeping and to treat them as confidential. As a general principle, applicants have no entitlement to reimbursement of the costs of attending for interview . In establishments regularly employing more than 20 employees entitled to vote in works council elections, the documents of all job applicants must be shown to the works council.

Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.

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