Pet hates about personal statements No.2

Not putting a personal statement, I mean not even a covering letter saying: “I would like to apply for the position of….”  What do you think my reaction will be?

It’s the metaphorical equivalent of walking into a grocery store and walking up to the cashier and just holding open your bag.  Have you ever done that?  What was the response of the cashier?  Did they intuitively know what your taste’s and requirements were?  What were they called?  I’d like to give them a job for that very special skill.

Seriously folks, I know it must be a pain to write a letter, even if it’s just 2 sentences, but if you don’t do this your cv is just a cv, pretty indistinguishable from the myriad cv’s that have been sent before, and yes you’ve guessed it, it goes straight on the “no” pile.

I have 2 folders whenever there’s a vacancy, one is called “cv’s”, the other is called “Good cv’s”, in order to get into the “Good cv’s” folder you only need to write an introduction:  “Hello, my name is ……, I’d like to apply for the position of ……… because….”

It’ll be worth it in the end.

About Jase Hargreaves

Designated Partner for Hansonden LLP providing management services for small businesses. Crptocurrency accepted. New blog
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