Last week, I spent another day talking to a business writing class. The students were terrific and had some great questions. They also had an assignment on PowerPoint. I told them to check out this – best presentation anywhere, ever.
Per my usual, I talked about managing your online reputation, what it takes for your materials to look good, and how you can have more than one page on your resume. Interviews are always a fun topic of conversation. How to prepare. How to answer questions. Strengths versus weaknesses. What interviewers are looking for. Yes, I love cover letters. Yes, I read them. Every word.
For interesting to me was the assignment discussed before I began my time – resumes and cover letters. You know students – some taking copious notes, others disinterested posting on fb/twitter or texting with friends, and even others lost in thought. I wanted to say then, and will say now, it may have been an assignment for them but I – me- talking about HR is real life.
If your materials come to your English professor with errors, she is going to mark them up and give you a grade.
If your materials come to me with errors, I am not going to mark them up and give you a grade. I am going to select not hired.
Take this seriously folks. 99% isn’t good enough. It’s gotta be perfect.