Category: CV and application letter writing

Can You Find the Mistake?

Last week I had to take an online editing test where the instructions were as follows: There are 16 mistakes in grammar/spelling/punctuation in the following paragraph. Find them and correct them. The first 12 mistakes jumped out at me, and I fixed them fairly quickly. But the last 4 weren’t as easy to spot, and … les mer

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Hate Your CV? Try Some TLC

I’ve realized lately how many job seekers have written to me saying — more or less — that they hate their CV. “More or less” because while they don’t often use the strong verb “hate”, they do use other words that imply the same thing: I really can’t stand…am very frustrated with…am so disappointed with…my … les mer

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The Most Common Mistake CV Writers Make

Can you spot the mistake? Recently, a job-seeking engineer sent me their CV to proofread for grammatical and spelling mistakes. So I looked it over. At first glance there appeared to be no mistakes; that is, until I got to the Work Experience section. Here is exactly what appeared there: Motor Testing: VFDs setup, data … les mer

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Me, overqualified? How to show you’re not by a long shot

Have you been on the full-time work hamster wheel and want to get off?   Most job seekers give the impression that they want to speed up their lifestyle. They use well-worn phrases like ‘energetic go-getter’, ‘highly motivated’ and ‘incredibly hard-working’ to describe themselves when trying to land a new position. This is all well … les mer

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Let’s be perfectly clear: Writing the Summary on your CV

The fact that there is no clear right or wrong in resume writing frustrates some job seekers, especially engineers, whose training has focused on the importance of getting whatever they’re designing, building, etc. exactly right. After all, a poorly constructed highway overpass would be proof that somebody had clearly gotten something wrong somewhere along the … les mer

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Job Seekers: Can you write less and get more?

The other day I looked up the origin of the phrase ‘less is more’. The Wiki definition says that it was first used in 1947 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was what he felt architectural design ought to be; meaning, in other words, 1) simplicity is better than elaborate embellishment, and 2) … les mer

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Shopping and CV Writing: Can you curb your urge?

Have you ever thought that shopping and writing your CV have something in common?— —I didn’t either, until two things happened to me this past week which made me think that these two activities – life necessities that they are – could be compared. The first happened when I got in a CV for proofreading … les mer

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CV Writing: Giving up before you even start?

After spending as much time proofreading CVs as I have, I can write with certainty that people sure don’t like writing CVs. Which is understandable, given that a) most people don’t like writing, b) most people don’t like writing about themselves, and c) most people don’t like writing about themselves because they have to in … les mer

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Cover Letter Writing: It’s All About (What) You (Can Offer)

Having proofread cover letters for a long, long time, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been getting in quite a few with the following about why the writer wants the job. Have a look at: This one: I think the summer job at your company can offer me what I want in a working day: collaboration, … les mer

How to Explain a [Hole/Gap] in Your CV

When talking about your past, is there any difference between using the word “hole” or  “gap”? When running a course, I don’t often correct anyone’s English. In fact, just the opposite – when starting out, I emphasize that everyone sitting there is about to get a grammar-free experience. We’re not back in grammar school English … les mer

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