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”

How to stay busy when you’re not

By Megan Byrne
The Sydney Morning Herald

Megan Byrne looks at how to stay busy when there’s seemingly nothing to do.

Most people have a quiet day at work now and then. But with businesses looking to cut costs wherever possible, you don’t want to appear idle for too long or you may find it’s your job on the chopping block. Don’t risk getting caught on Facebook or playing online sudoku activities that could potentially land you in hot water instead, use your time to improve your workplace, personal workspace, industry knowledge and career prospects.


By Megan Byrne
The Sydney Morning Herald

Megan Byrne looks at how to stay busy when there’s seemingly nothing to do.

Most people have a quiet day at work now and then. But with businesses looking to cut costs wherever possible, you don’t want to appear idle for too long or you may find it’s your job on the chopping block. Don’t risk getting caught on Facebook or playing online sudoku activities that could potentially land you in hot water instead, use your time to improve your workplace, personal workspace, industry knowledge and career prospects. Leer más “How to stay busy when you’re not”