Biz Tip – Using The ‘So What Rule’ For Your CV & Emails
I recently came across this article by Andrew Lavey with some great tips including his 3,4,5 rule for CV writing. Worth a read and implementing.
When it comes to CV’s and communications, I recommend also using my ‘so what rule’.
The ‘so what rule’.
Over the years I have seen many CV’s that have been confusing, or included information, that made me think, ‘so what’?
By that I mean, for example, a project included on a list, which makes me think, so what?
What was done as part of that project, which is relevant to the work you might do, or the skills you might need, or shows an outcome you achieved, or is useful for this organisation? I also use the ‘so what’ rule in other written communication too.
Reflecting at the end of some sentences, paragraphs, and at the end of a document, report, or email, by asking myself (or clients)..so what?
By focusing on ‘what is the point’ of including that specific content, and does it then achieve that goal (the ‘so what rule’).
We can better ensure that we include what decisively needs to be said and/or the outcome we want, in a clear and concise manner.
Good luck with your job applications anyone applying!
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About Simona Hamblet
Simona works with partners, law firm owners, solicitors, who want to fall back in love with growing their firms again. Helping them take back control of their time, deal with team difficulties, complete business projects that keep being interrupted or being put off, feel energised about the decisions they are now making, & tackle other situations, that can get in the way of feeling excited about work & the future of growing their firms. In addition to high-end professional coaching & training. Simona has over 20 years of experience as an employment solicitor & partner in a multi-office law firm (focusing on staff development & business growth).