“Write a letter explaining why this job is right for you” … wrong!!

Recruitment companies and departments often try to be clever when advertising a vacancy with a request like this, to go along with your CV/résumé. The truth is, though, they don’t actually mean it. What they really mean is, “write a covering letter explaining what you will contribute to our company.”

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Make sure your covering letter is NOT just all about you, even if you think that’s what they want to see.

As long as you realise this, you can use this cover letter to gain the edge on other candidates who take that request literally. And what happens to them? Their letters come across as boastful, “me-me-me” documents that unwittingly make them look like they’re totally up themselves and only regard the job concerned as an opportunity to advance themselves. and that’s hardly what today’s employers are looking for.

Here’s how to gain that edge…
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How good, correct writing can get you a better job

Are you looking for a new job? And has anyone told you that good, grammatically correct writing doesn’t matter for a job “like this?” Well, they’re wrong. Here’s why, and here’s how to get yourself ahead of the posse in the increasingly competitive job market.

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Good writing skills are not about being snotty

Many people – especially among some teenagers attending high school – think it’s not “cool” to worry too much about good grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax and so-on.

Now, they may be right. Stuff like that doesn’t matter if you see yourself always in a low-paid, boring job … maybe chasing dreams in the music business (but what happens when you’re older!) … or hugging trees in a valid but unlikely-to-be-long-term career that will pay your bills and help you bring up a family. [Read more…]

How to find the writing help you need on #HTWB

With more than 1,200 articles and tutorials on writing here on #HTWB, you may start finding a bit tricky to find what you need. So FYI, here is a breakdown of the most popular categories and specifically how they can help you with your writing.

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Not sure where to look for the writing help you need here on #HWTB? This article is a useful guide.

Below all that, you’ll find a selection of the most popular articles with links to them directly. But in the meantime, here are …

Our most popular categories here on #HTWB

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What NOT to write on staff performance reviews…

These individual quotes were reportedly taken from actual employee performance evaluations in a large US Corporation. They were passed on to me some while back by fellow professional writer and good friend, Jonathan Priest. The original sources are unknown…

“Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom – and has started to dig.”

“His men would follow him anywhere – but only out of morbid curiosity.”

“I would not allow this employee to breed.” [Read more…]

Job seeker’s nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé

“Résumania” is a term coined by Mr. Robert Half, founder of RHI Consulting’s parent company, to describe the goofs that often appear on job candidates’ CVs/résumés, job applications and covering letters. Here are some examples (original authors unknown):

Job seeker's nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé“I perform my job with effortless efficiency, effectiveness, efficacy, and expertise.”  (And an eye on the “e” section of the dictionary, evidently.)

“Insufficient writing skills, thought processes have slowed down some. If I am not one of the best, I will look for another opportunity.”  (No problem …)

“Seek challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable.”  (Glad to hear it.)

“My compensation should be at least equal to my age.”  (And bonuses tied to his shoe size?)

“I am very detail-oreinted.”  (With the possible exception of spelling)

“I can play well with others.”  (We’ll be sure to tell your mommy.)

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“Married, eight children. Prefer frequent travel.”  (A new twist on work-family balance.)

Job seeker's nightmare: what NOT to write in your CV/résumé“Objection: To utilize my skills in sales.”  (Have you considered law school?)

“My salary requirement is $34 per year.”  (They say money isn’t everything.)

“Served as assistant sore manager.”  (Ouch.)

“Previous experience: Self-employed – a fiasco.”  (Definitely to the point.)

“I vow to fulfill the goals of the company as long as I live.”  (And they say loyalty is hard to come by.)

“Reason for leaving last job: Pushed aside so the vice-president’s girlfriend could steal my job.”  (We’re glad you’re not bitter.)

Now, let’s make sure what you write does  get you a job!

“How To Write About Yourself”…how to make the most of yourself, whatever you need to write

“Business Writing Made Easy”…everything you need to know about writing for business in English

“Banana Skin Words and how not to slip on them”…over 1,500 spelling and grammar tips to perfect your written English

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Looking for work? Write a blog and get ahead

It’s not only students who can up their chances of getting a job on graduation by writing a blog. If you’re out of work – whatever the reason – writing a blog is a no-cost way of getting the edge on others going after the jobs you want.

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OK, if you’re not fussy what you do as long as it earns you a decent wage, blogging about factory work or labouring or supermarket till work may not be very helpful. But wait a minute.

You don’t need to blog about a business to get noticed in the job market

So your job skills may not immediately mark you out as a star.

Now – what about your hobbies and interests? [Read more…]

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