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Ch. 4: How to SHORTlist your best points
In this chapter you will:
What makes a good example?
When you go back and read them, some of your examples describing how you have shown key skills might seem a bit weak. It could be that you aren’t very practised at this skill – but more often, it’s because the example you’ve given is not specific enough.
For every example that you’ve noted, you need to check whether it is specific enough to add power to your CV. This next process, called SHORTlisting, will help you transform woolly examples into concise proof of your skills.
SHORTlisted examples make it clear why you should be asked for interview. They are your starting point for everything that follows in your job search: they form the basis of your CVs, application forms and covering letters, and help you right up to interview stage.
How do I SHORTlist my examples?
Every example needs to be as SHORT as it can be:
Let’s take each aspect in turn.
Use details or numbers to explain exactly what you are talking about.
He states clearly what he is reporting on. But what kind of report is it, how often does he do it, does it need input from other people?
He is now stating exactly what his reporting involves. It’s still not clear how big a task this is and whether he does it alone.
This covers all the bases about size and scope, what he does and with whom he does it...
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