In her life, Sara McCord read more than 300 CV-s. During her working period as an HR director in scholarships, she read and evaluated more than 60 employment requests annually there for she became an expert in employment requests and CVs because she’s seen it all, the good and bad as well as the remarkable and magnificent.
Here’s three things to avoid and focus on to help you get your next dream job.
1- The basics
From the cover, Sara pays attention to all what makes this person unqualified for this job and this includes a number of “standard” sentences such as ” Ladies and gentlemen” or copy pasting an old resume. It gives an impression to the employer as if the applicant neither has the time nor a real interest in the job.
It’s also worth mention the style of writing. A person applying for his dream job in his favorite company shouldn’t be looking hesitant in any way or form. He also shouldn’t exaggerate in thanking the HR manager in a time consuming way since he’s only doing his job. You should only show respect and interest in a letter gathering all your expertise and job requirements. That’s much better than exaggeration and flatter.
2- The opening sentence of your cv
Sentences such as these ” I’m applying to this job..” and “I’ve check your advertisement thoroughly” gets the employer bored so you should always look for something exciting too stimulate the employer’s curiosity to read your whole application. For example;
” Since my favorite teach in 4th grade helped me find my own passion about loving to read, I’ve always wanted to work in the teaching career”
“My principle in management is simple. I want to be that type of managers that I myself wish to work with”
” During the past 3 years, the average revenue in the company I worked in has increased by 20%”
Such openings leave a positive impression and remains in the managers’ minds. It also helps the applicant to stand out among the crowd. Try it yourselves and see the results.
You can start right now. Grab a pen and a paper start writing. Try to improvise and write everything that comes in your mind and if you didn’t like what you wrote, you can choose and edit what you think is good and add it to your next application.
3- The overview about yourself
The applicant should clarify that he does fulfill the job requirements and that’s usually shows in skills, abilities and talents that he mentions in this section.
According to MacCord, the point is not showing if you’re qualified for the job or not, it’s to show that you’re the better candidate. You have to have higher skills that makes you stand out more than the other applicants so that the employer realizes your value.
Certainly you can mention a wide variety of skills and talents buy you also need to be versatile. For example;
” In conference, I’m not the type of person who waits for the IT guy, I get under the table and make sure everything is connected correctly.”
This makes the job application sort of a live and refreshing. It assures your social skills. It also emphasizes on your problem solving skill without writing dull comments like ” I do everything by myself”. It also shows that employer that you take things in a simple manner.
The main purpose of your resume or CV is to make it easier for the employer to make a decision whether you’re the adequate candidate or not so you have to put more effort in writing it and also revise it a number of times before sending it.
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