Reading dozens of resumes

I’ve been reading dozens of resumes lately for various positions open under the Social Media Marketing Unit at TV5. At first I was a bit hesitant to get into the task since there were a lot of resumes piled up on my desk but I eventually took the plunge a few days ago. I’m glad I did though because it was such a rewarding and exciting experience especially when I would pick up a resume with an awesome cover letter.

Reading well-written resumes with cover letters felt like taking a peek into the dreams and aspirations of the applicants. I distinctly remember one cover letter that said that while he didn’t have the experience he will make up for it with… and I quote:

While I don’t have too much experience in the industry I have an indomitable passion for learning, reading, and self-improvement.

There was another letter which said:

I want to make my mark in this world and I believe that my journey should start in TV5. I’m not saying this just to be cheesy but I want to leave you sir with an impression that if given the chance I will always give 110%.

It’s okay to start cover letters with statements like this because it grabs the attention of the reader and pulls him in to take a closer look into your profile. However I strongly recommend that you back your words up by listing down your previous accomplishments or immediate plans should you get hired (don’t make it too long though).

Before I end this post though let me just one last observation. There are way too many people just listing down job descriptions in their Experience section. Don’t just put what you do. Share your accomplishments for each position that you’ve held. Makes a huge difference. :)

Okay that’s it for now! Time to read more resumes!

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4 thoughts on “Reading dozens of resumes”

  1. This is a very timely tip for us juniors who are on the hunt for internships. :)
    I didn’t realize that being a bit more casual or showing a little more cheesiness would help. I’ve always been formal with my letters. I learned something new today. :P

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