Drafting Cover Letters

Cover Letters

Receiving an average of ten CVs per day by e-mail, I am embarrassed to admit that I seldom open the “Letter of Intent” if this comes as an attachment next to the enclosed CV. I thoroughly read the CV, but I often fail opening the attached letter.

Recognizing this superficiality, I tried to find a reason (not an excuse!) and to identify ways to empower applicants to submit more appealing letters of intent.

The term “Letter of Intent” is not by chance almost synonym to “Cover Letter”. I do read Cover Letters! As paradoxical this may sound, I have a solid explanation for clarifying the apparent misunderstanding.

The term “Cover Letter” already includes an intrinsic definition: this is a letter that is put in front of a subsequent message or attachment! The Cover Letter is meant to attract the attention of the reader! An intelligent, targeted, clear, catching cover letter can be a gate-opener for recruiters!

In order to raise interest for your attached CV, I will try to list below some tips related to your Cover Letter:Continue reading

How to write your CV

CV Writing

In 20 years of recruitment I must have read thousands CVs and probably drafted hundreds while assisting individuals in their quest for exploring new employment opportunities.

The average time for writing a meaningful, accurate and appealing CV is of 4-5 dedicated hours! This is quality time! No joking. The time spent looking back, assessing past achievements, indentifying key areas of expertise, knowledge and skills is a rewarding experience! It moreover helps you to look into the future with full confidence and feasible targets.Continue reading

Your turn to ask questions

“Do you have any questions?”

Most professional employment interviews end with the part when the recruiter asks the candidate if he has any questions to ask.

Your questions may change the outcome of the interview! The more intelligent you phrase the questions, the more odds you have to enhance your employment chances!

Questions are meant both for you to demonstrate how much you know about the organization and to enable you and the recruiter to assess the company, lifestyle, business & people acumen, suitability for the role and in the team, ‘chemistry’, etc. It is moreover your turn to find out if the employer offers what you are seeking!Continue reading