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Bravado Cover Letters Don’t Work | Job Search Radio

I received a cover letter and resume from someone that exuded such bravado . . . a signal that the person is not qualified for the job they applied for.

Summary

I received an email from someone with a resume applying for a job heading up a function for major American firm.  I described the size of the firm in the job description and I received this note, "I am ready, trained and prepared to begin for the risk... Role.  Please find my resume and cover letter below."

When I post a position. I am very clear about what my client is looking for the way of experience.  I don't want to scream people out, but I'm required to do that because my client will not call me will never talk to me again if I waste her time.  That's the nature of what recruiter dollars. Where the filter, the head of the client where we are paid for evaluating, assessing and referring individuals who they want to hire who they ultimately hire and then they pay us.  You are obligated to work there for certain period of time after all this happens so that we earn their fee.

So, I received this resume for this have a function and I receive a resume of someone who has a degree (that's good), and Associates before that. He talks about then asked for team-building experience and that he has worked as a designer and business manager for a firm that does content design, video planning. He does budgeting, planning, scheduling and other stuff for the past 2+ years.

Let's get practical for a second.

I told you that this was a role heading up a function for a major American corporation.  This person entitles themselves as, "designer and business manager."  Not exactly a fit so far from what little I've told you about the job.  It doesn't sound that way to you, right?  It doesn't sound that way to me either.

I'll simply say that as the teaching piece here, make a case for your candidacy.  The bravado assertion is the 1st single to me as a reader that this person is not qualified.  People who actually are. Never talk that way.  They always speak in an understated, self-assured manner, not with that sort of BS bravado that says, "hey, I can do that job.  I'm trained."  It is never that way.

I've only done this for more than 40 years. I've never seen anyone who has acted that way pull it off.

I just want to discourage you from doing this kind of crap because it just shows badly on you. At the end of the day I pop open the resume, I see it, and hit delete.  What was the point??

Again, make your case in your resume, not with bravado but with facts.  Make your resume demonstrate how your background fits the requirements of the job as well as the functionality of the position that the firm is going to have you do.

For example, if you see a job description that says, "Requirements," that's a tip off!  This is what the firm is looking for.  That's what I am looking for on behalf of the client.  If it talks about, ", Responsibilities," a, there is another tip off!  Where you have perform the functions of the role already, but it in your resume!  Where you haven't don't whine.

Lying eventually (like in the 1st 5 minutes of the conversation) will be exposed.  Worse yet, if you are hired, you will be fired when the. Is that what you want?  Of course not.

"No BS."  should be your mantra.  Be factual. Be powerful.  Be accurate.  Be direct.  Just don't try BS-ing.  It will always come back and haunt you.

This person needs coaching from me and I created a site called JobSearchCoachingHQ.com with advice for job hunters good anywhere in the English-speaking world.  We'll talk with you about starting your search, writing a resume, marketing yourself, interviewing tough interview and then preparing for them.  It will talk about using LinkedIn effectively.  Salary negotiation – – you don't know how to negotiate salary and I have ways that go from very gentle to what are referred to as, "ball breaker techniques."  They will help you get more money out of the firm. They don't always work, and you may not be capable of doing one or the other or all the ones in the middle. But there is advice there.  In addition, you can ask me questions that will help you with your job search.

Again, the site is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.  Very inexpensive.  It's the price of 2 hardcover books in order to be able to ask me questions and get access to great information that will help you find work more quickly.

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How Fatal Is This Cover Letter Mistake? – Job Search Radio

A person continues by writing, “Last week I sent out 8 cover letters, and today I realized instead of “I am writing to apply”, I wrote “I am applying to write”. Eek! How embarrassing. Would this be make or break for you? I haven’t heard back from them yet, but it’s only been a week so I wasn’t worried”

Summary

This is a question I read from someone; I think it’s a useful question because it speaks to the heart of mistakes people make with cover letters.

How fatal is this mistake?

Last week, I sent out 8 cover letters; today, I realized that instead of writing, “I am writing to apply,” I wrote, “I am applying to write.” How embarassing!

Would this be “make or break for you? I haven’t heard back from them but it has only been a week.

So the question is “how fatal is this mistake? As always, the answer is, “It depends.”

Depends on the nature of the job involved. Depends on whether anyone actually read your cover letter. For example, if you set it as an attachment, no one read it. It depends on the nature of the role; if you are applying for a writing job and you wrote that, it can be fatal. If you wrote for most positions, no one really cares.

They might gloss over it because people read resumes and cover letters in 6 seconds or less. In cover letters, it’s often less. If this was your “typical innocuous cover letter” sent as an attachment, no one read it. If this was a “typical innocuous letter” put into the body of an email, someone might have skimmed it quickly to see if there was something relevant in it (if it is like most cover letters, there is nothing relevant in it).

Frankly, I wouldn’t worry about it. What seems more damning is that it has been a week since you applied and no one has contacted you.You said, “only a week;” if you’re an experienced professional, that is usually the “kiss of death.” It would seem that your resume was the bigger problem, not your cover letter. If resumes don’t make the case for your candidacy, you’re not hearing from an employer. Employers only care about whether a resume “vaguely fits” what they are looking for.

So, I’m less concerned with the cover letter; I am more concerned that you haven’t gotten a response. The likelihood is you’re not going hear from them. Not having read your resume or seen the position description, I have no basis to judge why. They may have seen stronger people with tighter matches . . . many different reasons. Don’t worry about the mistake; it’s unlikely anyone noticed.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

How Fatal Is This Cover Letter Mistake?

 

Last week I sent out 8 cover letters, and today I realized instead of “I am writing to apply”, I wrote “I am applying to write”. Eek! How embarrassing. Would this be make or break for you? I haven’t heard back from them yet, but it’s only been a week so I wasn’t worried until now.

Job hunting is a rigged game with you the mark.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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