Devil in the details

By Jim Bright

Going over your CV with a fine-tooth comb might land you that dream job, writes Jim Bright.

Heather writes from Canberra seeking advice about her cover letter and CV. As a recent graduate, she has been frustrated in her attempts to secure a position. She hopes for a management or public service role but has been offered only retail positions.

“What am I doing wrong?” she asks.

Well, having reviewed the email, cover letter and CV, there are plenty of areas in which Heather can improve her application.

Firstly, there is a discrepancy between her claim that she has “an eye for detail” and some of her content. For instance, the cover letter includes the sentence: “I am very thorough and precise, without overlooking the finer points.” Here, the word “without” is misused.

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Going over your CV with a fine-tooth comb might land you that dream job, writes Jim Bright.

Heather writes from Canberra seeking advice about her cover letter and CV. As a recent graduate, she has been frustrated in her attempts to secure a position. She hopes for a management or public service role but has been offered only retail positions.

“What am I doing wrong?” she asks.

Well, having reviewed the email, cover letter and CV, there are plenty of areas in which Heather can improve her application.

Firstly, there is a discrepancy between her claim that she has “an eye for detail” and some of her content. For instance, the cover letter includes the sentence: “I am very thorough and precise, without overlooking the finer points.” Here, the word “without” is misused. Leer más “Devil in the details”