So I managed to scare the single staff member I supervised away and am
looking through cover letters and CVs.

It is astonishing how these people in the IT industry who claim to have
experience with things like Microsoft Word can justify sending in a
cover letter riddled with spelling errors.
Though I guess I have to give points to the one that obviously copied
and pasted comments from their course supervisor, shame he hadn't
figured out the Find and Replace functionality to replace all of the
"his" with "my".

One CV I actually had to struggle to find anything that indicated they
had touched a computer, the cover letter being equally vague.

And I did chuckle when I had one come through that I swear was done on
a typewriter - which look pretty reasonable...