Quick answer - job application help.

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veering wildly today towards a new model: you the prestigious food emporium put up a job vacancy online, i don't want to do that but apply for it anyway, making clear in the cover letter that i will only accept the very different role i'm actually after

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:35 (nine months ago) link

i am become the icarus of employment mendicancy

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:36 (nine months ago) link

a good way to spot typos in old cover letters is to repurpose them via c&p, yes i did mean "mteiculous"

mark s, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:52 (nine months ago) link

exactni sarntads

j., Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:58 (nine months ago) link

presented my standard CV to an "internet CV service" to comment on -- apparently i'm sending the message that i am a "doer" rather than an "achiever"

which rereading it is fair, esp.as i sent a version w/o the usual summary paragraph at the start

mark s, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:09 (nine months ago) link

how do they distinguish, mark? putting down skills rather than things you’ve done/problems solved/particular achievements etc?

i did mine again recently with a manager and it took me four drafts - lot of it representing myself better than i perceive myself. painful but worth it.

Fizzles, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:15 (nine months ago) link

i sent them the big wall of places i'd worked at and things i'd published, which is def.a bit non-explanatory -- esp.if i'm going for more "creative" things*, which i am now i got the book off my desk.

*i.e. not just part-time subbing posts, where "what achieved" = everything read well and was spelled correctly. my cover letters are much better at conveying this and are probably part of the CV i shd have sent them, but redrafting the CV to have difft versions, to point at specific types of application isn't a bad idea i don't think

mark s, Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:19 (nine months ago) link

doing cv cover letter right now for a job i dont want, have now convinced myself im the only possible candidate for and will be enraged when not shortlisted next week

rollercoaster of promotions

theRZA the JZA and the NDB (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:03 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

i just ran the revised CV through a different "instant CV checker" websites (i can't go back to the first one w/o paying) and it tells me (among other things, some useful) that hiring software mainly indicates i am based in "information technology" lol (true but what a a to say it) plus i have had "34% exposure to engineering" wtf

mark s, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:47 (eight months ago) link

i mean no wonder i am not getting responses to my work pitches but how do you game the machines when the machines are very dumb

mark s, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:48 (eight months ago) link

write various keywords in white text so you get picked up

problem solved

jk but apparently people do this...

gyac, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:52 (eight months ago) link

how do you game the machines when the machines are very dumb

you might have been able to figure this out if your exposure to engineering had reached 35%

NEWS Giant penis frog didn’t have a giant penis after all (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 14 October 2019 11:58 (eight months ago) link

the upshot of the above is that a friend (who often vets CVs and works in my microsector) finally got sick of my whining and took a look and gave me some excellent tips, so i now have a CV that does actually tell ppl what i can do and what i'm corrently looking for lol

ps i'm not running it through any more stupid machines

mark s, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:27 (eight months ago) link

(the machines were good at noting i wasn't doing some things well, very bad at explaining how to make them better)

mark s, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:30 (eight months ago) link

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