Revolutionary New Job Application Format: Cut the Crap (CTC) “Candidate Packet”
Section #3: Back page(s): Your résumé. Yes, it is relegated to be the caboose. It is a supporting-yet-required chronological output of YOUR background. It is the only document that is only about you. The rest, in front of your résumé, will be all about them. Remember that!
Section #2: The middle single page is called your Cut the Crap (CTC) “Job Description Profile” or “JD Profile”. This page is detailed in another blog on my site and in my book “Cut the Crap, Get a Job! A New Job Search Process for a New Era” and is the biggest innovation, delivering the “WOW” factor I promised. It must be one page, in a table format with bullet points in each row.
Section #1: Your cover letter can only be written after you have completed the Document #2, the Cut the Crap JD Profile. From this profile, you will pull out the three most important points and highlight those in the body of your new-and-different cover letter. It will highlight, in an easy-to-read format, the specific reasons why you are the best candidate for their position and, therefore, why you should be considered for an interview.Once you do your first Candidate Packet, the rest will be easier. But each one takes time. And, in my mind, delivering a Candidate Packet is not optional. As a hiring manager for over 30 years, and reviewing tens or hundreds of applicants for every job, I know you will only get our attention with the submittal of something world class versus average.