During a seminar or musical concert, the MC (master of ceremony) who comes to introduce the performer. They do so in such a glorifying manner that the audience expects an experience like never before. MC’s could be Hype-men in entertainment circles. Believe it or not, everyone should be able to hype themselves with verifiable evidence. Words which describe a person’s profile are verifiable hype while the résumé provides further details and a cover letter is a signpost.
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- From Application to Employment
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- Interview Day Preparation
- The 4 Areas of an Interview
A profile is a short description of someone’s life, education, work, character etc.
A profile is a short description of someone’s life, education, work, character, evidence, ambitions etc.
In simple terms, a profile is a person’s abilities while a brand is a person’s accomplishments, abilities and promise.
Characteristics of a profile and/or brand:
- A profile/brand is typically 100 to 200 words
- A profile/brand is written in third person (he, she, it, they, ‘name of person’)
- A profile is the introductory paragraph of a résumé
- Usually placed in a person’s About page on places like LinkedIn or other professional website
- Other social media platforms could be of less words
- Other social media platforms could be less formal
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A person has the full responsibility of determining what goes into their résumé. Whether it is being developed as they work and grow their career or it is based on a 5 or 10 year plan of future education, qualification, experience and skills, an individual has to be deliberate about what goes into the CV.
Every CV should contain detailed information of a candidate in a concise manner. Unnecessary words to lengthen a CV should be avoided. CV’s are to be written in third person for the most part. (See references).
Résumés should also have proper structure and alignment when typed.
Important elements in a CV:
- Contact details of candidate
- Profile statement
- Professional qualifications and certifications
- Professional memberships
- Voluntary activities
Cover letters serve as introduction of a candidate’s profile to an employer. It is simpler than the CV. The cover letter should sound persuasive; attract attention, engage interest, create desire and elicit an action also known as AIDA.
Cover letters should also have proper structure and alignment when typed.
Elements of a Cover letter
- Contact details of candidate
- Introduction paragraph
- Who you are and why you are applying
- How you heard about the job
- A brief overview of why they are suitable
- Body paragraph(s)
- Persuasive reasons of your abilities with evidence
- Provide details of most significant points of the CV
- Closing paragraph
- Endorsing of the letter
- Coursera course with National University of Singapore: Establishing a Professional ‘Self’ through Effective Intercultural Communication
- National University of Singapore – Resources and materials for cover letters and résumés: https://nus.edu.sg/cfg/students/career-resources/cover-letter