Applying for corporate strategy jobs doesn’t flow like the usual. Apart from competition at an all time high, recruiters put in a very meticulous process of sifting through resumes. Not a lot of people make the cut. Do you think you’re qualified enough? Can your application stand out among the sea of papers?
You see, even the most skilled and qualified can miss their chance. After all, a resume or curriculum vitae is a ticket to an interview. Fail to impress in paper and you won’t have the opportunity to wow in person.
To help you snag that spot on the way to a job offer, here are a few do’s and don’ts to live by when writing your application.
- Do highlight the vitals. You may be a person with a truckload of skill, knowledge and experience but not all of that will be relevant to the position. Choose to specifically add those that fit the job description and the needs of the company. Or at the very least, stack them up in their category list. This also helps pique the reader’s interest and will likely induce them to finish reading the resume.
- Don’t write your application by hand. Unless you’re n illustrator who perhaps wants to showcase their skills on paper at an instant, handwritten resumes are a massive no-no. Doing so makes it look less professional and a bit messy.
- Do make use of positive language. In making a good CV avoid using negatives such as no and not. It helps create the right mood for the reader. Plus, it sounds good and pleasant.
- Don’t fabricate stories or even exaggerate. The biggest mistake is to tailor facts. Never sugarcoat your achievements and lie about your previous experiences or skills. It will get you nowhere and chances are you’ll get busted and lose the job anyway.
- Do triple check. Double is good but thrice is better and more the best. Before you hit that send button or drop your application, see to it that you have proofread, revised and edited your resume enough. In fact, ask someone to read it. Chances are you still may have missed some spots.
- Don’t make it lengthy. Again, no recruiter has all the time in the world to finish every application from top to bottom. Recommended formats are one to two pages long. This is especially true for entry level but if you’re vying for middle management or executive level, four should be your ceiling. Think brief and concise.
Good luck in your application and we hope you bag those corporate strategy jobs!