Bit of a laugh for you all this week. We’ve all received a whole range and host of different Cover Letters and CVs in our times in recruitment, right? From the overly wordy, to the sultry-posing photographed, to the appallingly grammared and of course, our universal favourite, the cover letters addressed to someone else entirely for a totally different job in an industry of which you have no knowledge.
But this week’s Whiteboard is inspired by a tweet from the Wellington recruiter @blondeupdates who last week said:
” @JonathanRiceNZ unrelated but interesting info for you. Got cover letter today quoting Dave Dobbyn. Yes, it was ‘Loyal’ *sigh*”
People who put famous quotes on their CVs and cover letters, or actually even non-famous, obscure and pointless quotes, are people who cannot adequately articulate what they are about and what they can offer themselves. Quotes do not distinguish you as someone of superior intellect, someone well read, someone of subtle wit and humour. They portray you as someone with nothing interesting to say and without an original thought in your head.
Probably not the message you were trying to get across in your “edgy and clever” cover letter or CV right?
Luckily we at Rice Consulting don’t encounter huge numbers of cover letters like this, as most are from recruiters or HR pros who (you’d hope) would know better.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, the same thinking applies to Twitter in my opinion. I may well upset some of my own Twitter followers here but if you’re using it as a means to share insipidly uninspiring quotes about life, money or leadership from barely recognizable names then it’s even more pointless than using Twitter as a job board. I don’t want to hear it. *Unfollow*.
Anyway, that’s yer lot for today. I’d like to hear your thoughts, and of course contributions of quotes recently viewed on cover letters and CVs received. I’ve got a busy day ahead then off to watch King Cannons at the King’s Arms tonight in Auckland. Keep an eye out for lyrical quotes on my Twitter feed like:
“Take the rock – Find the diamonds and the gold.
Blow it up – Find a reason for a war
Cash it up – Take a little more money”
All mighty fine sentiments for us in the recruitment industry, I’m sure you’ll agree.