Claiming excellent written communication skills in your job application? Too many applicants contradict their own claims through poor written communication (and there is more to it than just running a spell-check!) This post outlines why your written style matters and three simple ways to improve it.
I see a lot of applications, CVs and cover letters in my job as a Careers Consultant. The quality of these varies massively. Often I’ll know at first glance that some are sure-fire interview winners, whereas others are unlikely to get past the first sift. Like most recruiters, I tend to skim-read CVs initially to form a quick impression. Research conducted by The Ladders has shown that recruiters may only look at your CV for a matter of seconds, so a clear and legible format is essential. Assuming that yours makes it past that first sift, what impression does it create when they actually read it and how can you make sure it stands out? Continue reading