Dear Mr. Johnson
I was excited to learn of the opening KCTV has for a meterologist on the six o’clock news and am writing to submit my application. I have experience working as a meteorologist in a smaller market and have gained excellent skills. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorological Science and good experience working with Doppler Radar systems.
In addition to my scientific weather prediction skills I have a strong television presence and am able to work well with news staff and anchors. I understand how to use the camera systems and how to point on the map correctly while broadcasting. I have a strong speaking voice and have learned to use a neutral English-speaking accent.
I have won awards for my weather broadcasts during the 2012 tornado in my current market. My meterological ability helped people know when to take cover preventing what could have been a larger loss of life. I have a professional appearance and demeanor and a good understanding of weather radars and weather patterns.
I would make a terrific choice as the new evening news meterologist at KCTV. Along with my resume I have enclosed video clips for your review. I look forward to interviewing with you soon.
PCM’s research also highlighted the most common mistakes on CVs. Of the 500 documents from applicants ranging from graduates to chief executives that were reviewed, 92pc contained either spelling, grammatical or formatting errors such as changing font, text size, alignment or abbreviation. Grammar was the biggest hurdle, with 40pc slipping up, followed by formatting with 5pc, then spelling with 3pc.
More candidates got it wrong than right when it came to the generally accepted ideal length of two pages – just 33pc of the CVs stopped there. A terse 1pc contained the details in a single page, 42pc came in at three pages, 16pc at four and 9pc at five or more pages. One candidate’s CV weighed in at a whopping 11 pages.
Although wordprocessing means the number of spelling errors has fallen, it should never be relied on, says Ms Mills. “Check, check and double-check. Never rely on spell check. Public and pubic will both pass a spell check but won’t convey the meaning you were hoping for. I think you can go 'CV blind’ because you’ve spent so long staring at it and end up shooting yourself in the foot for a job you would be ideal for.”
The research is backed up the National Careers Service (NCS), which is encouraging people to spend more time working on their CVs and has launched a Twitter event with the hashtag #cvoclock to help people brush up their resumes. NCS will have advisers online to offer tips on Mondays from 1pm to 2pm – the most common time of the week for people to work on their CVs.
Jennifer Kneafsey, careers adviser at NCS, said: “CV writing can be lonely and hard, in particular for those affected by unemployment or redundancy. We know that many unemployed people need help with their CVs and careers advisers each deal with up to 50 CVs on a weekly basis. #cvoclock will support, encourage and bring people together to dedicate an hour to their CVs.”
NCS also warns against sending out CVs using a blunderbuss approach, blasting them out in volume rather than targeting them. Its survey of career advisers discovered that 80pc of them said not tailoring a CV is the biggest mistake made by applicants.
Five serious CV mistakes according to National Careers Service advisers
• Having an inappropriate email address such as iamgreat@...
• Eight pages long and the applicant did not see any way to shorten it.
• The CV was just a ripped-off bit of paper that only had the applicant’s last three jobs on it.
• It was handwritten but illegible.
• It used words that the applicant did not know what they meant because a company had produced the CV for them.
Some howlers seen in CVs by Personal Career Management staff
• Candidate’s attempt to impress failed when he wrote: “Responsible for drug abuse, alcohol and anti-social behaviour. ”
• The CV said: “My top five clients in the past year have been. . .” and went on to list eight.
• The bombastic: “Brought in by US company to take control of the UK.”
• The egocentric: “Promoted to Head of I.” The applicant meant IT.
• “Duties involved servicing headmaster’s wife and conference manager.”