We live in a world of casual texts and tweets. But when it comes time to write your resume and cover letter, remember that you’re crafting business documents. While your writing doesn’t need to be overly formal or stuffy, it should be appropriate and professional.
Think quick: What did you accomplish today? If cutting through layers of bureaucracy, attending a handful of unnecessary meetings and sorting through piles of email top your list, chances are you’re not feeling super satisfied with your job right now — no matter how big your paycheck.
Our prehistoric ancestors knew a thing or two about survival – and sharpened their instincts acutely to avoid the risks posed by an often-hostile world. Fast-forward 10,000 years: Instead of assessing the risk of being injured or killed by the animal herds we stalk for food, today’s risk management consulting professionals might instead use sophisticated algorithms to calculate the likelihood of crop failures or manage operational risks throughout a corporation.
When writing your resume and cover letter, your goal should not be to send hiring managers running for a dictionary. Your main objective, of course, is to show that you warrant a job interview because you have the right skills and abilities. While showcasing your writing skills is important, you can skip the flowery verbiage and fancy five-dollar words.