Tag: CV writing skills

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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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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Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

I’m teaching my CV/cover letter writing course tomorrow morning, and I already know what will go wrong. Not wrong, exactly, but where I’ll meet the most resistance and get the most questions from my course takers. This moment comes around slide 8, when I insert the following question somewhere into my instruction: Why do you … les mer

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Your LinkedIn Summary: Be Smart, Write Smart

You don’t need to prove you’re smart. We know you are. At yet another one of my LinkedIn courses last week, this time in Oslo, I told the people there that I most often get inspiration for blog writing from something that’s said in class. This evening was no exception; I headed back to my … les mer

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LinkedIn: Tell the Truth (Please), Part Two

It happened again. Call me an overly critical, detail-oriented resumé reader, but certain claims made by certain resumé writers need to be addressed so that we can all have a good think before sitting down the next time to write about our own life and work experience in this one-page stylized format. ‘It’ in this … les mer

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