Please tell me why I should interview you ?
It never fails to amaze me how many candidates I meet / hear from via the various channels open to us all now, seem to be under the impression that with only the briefest of information I have not only the time, but also the ability to quickly deduce for myself why I should be considering / interviewing them for an assignment we are advertising on behalf of a client of ours.
Whilst as head-hunters / recruiters (and your partners in your next career step) we pride ourselves on our ability to spot an ideal match for our client, there are ways you can make that process easier and quicker and thus improve your chances of a successful outcome.
The words “sell yourself to me“ or “make it a no brainer for me“ quickly come to mind when I think of this process of reviewing applications and creating my short list of candidates to initially interview on behalf of our client.
It should be very clear to me in your covering letter and the version of your CV that you submit how you are a number one contender for the assignment you are applying for, in fact I should be left in no doubt that to exclude you from my consideration list would be a major mistake on my behalf !
So my advice to you is this, only apply for assignments that your experience and record of career accomplishment very clearly matches you up with.
Explain clearly why and how you have arrived at this conclusion in your covering letter (briefly) and ensure your CV includes information that qualifies you for the assignment and proves you would be an excellent candidate for my client to interview. Use key words in your documentation that match the required job specifications and expectations described in the advert.
Include data and proof statements about what you have achieved in the past and why you are considered an asset by your past and present employers.
Make it clear why you are considering a change in employment and why you would like to be given an opportunity at the role advertised and what you would bring to the table in terms of benefits to the client over and above other candidates they might be planning on interviewing for the same assignment.
Above all invest time and effort in your application, anything less implies lack of professionalism and commitment to the application / role with the subsequent lack of progress in the direction you desire.
We are your partners, help us ...to help you, please.