Interview Winning Resumesby Neil Heaton Entrepreneur
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Review on Interview Winning ResumesWhen it comes to searching for a job, employers and recruiters only have a limited amount of information before them and they need to make a decision to interview on what they see. You could be the most wonderful, talented person on the planet, but you are not going to have an opportunity to demonstrate this, if the resume and letter that represents you tells a different story.
Today I received an email from a job seeker that read:
hi. whats the cost for getting mi cv done up?
Now I have no idea what this job seeker is really like or what type of job he or she is looking for. The person could be warm and engaging, funny and intelligent; but going by this single line in an email, these attributes were far from obvious.
You would agree if a recruiter or employer opened this type of email, they would quickly conclude that here was a job seeker who couldnt be bothered with capital letters, correct punctuation, spelling and rudimentary grammar. Even common business courtesies such as using a name in a greeting and signing off were ignored, as was any explanatory information to provide detail.
Right from the start, the recruiter has judged the writer as lazy and uneducated or a kid attempting to be cool. Even if the job seeker was composing the email from a smart phone (prone as I well know to auto-correct mistakes), smart phones rarely attempt to substitute correct words and phrases with poor punctuation and erroneous spelling. Then there is done up granted an expression used by many people conversationally, but in writing to a business that helps job seekers?
It is wrong, but if you give people an opportunity to judge you unfairly, they will. It makes their life easier to discount you quickly and move on to people who really try to impress.
Communication skills are the number one priority in dealing with customers, peers, supervisors and management. Try substituting enthusiastic, positive, intelligent and educated for cool.
If you want to be taken seriously, think again.
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