I was looking back on some of my first Trainee applications as I haven't submitted one in over three years now, and embarrassing isn't even the word. I was barely in double digits and obviously I was denied for being underage, but 11-year-old Caleb didn't like that! I happened to DM the recruiter who denied me and I delivered a very passionate message as to why I should have been accepted. I felt that my four bullet point one-liners did not win the appreciation they deserved. It sounds ludicrous but maybe these are actually good to look back on. They are so far removed from the standard that is set that all the mistakes are truly not very hard to spot. If I do re-apply, as well as having an extensive knowledge of what to do in my application, I can just look back on those ones to gain an insight into what NOT to do. However, I don't think I should revisit my old DMs if I'm looking to please the recruiter! If you're wondering what to take away from this, don't lose sight of your previous applications. However ridiculous they may seem, looking back, they may be of more value to you than you think.