Lessons from Bad Job Applications

Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast recently hired a new employee, and now she shares the lessons she learned going through a lot of bad résumés and cover letters.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #771
The Quick And Dirty

How you write your resume and cover letter will go a long way toward determining whether you get an interview. Don't fill them up with meaningless words and phrases.

Are you using meaningless phrases in your applications, such as "I was excited to find this job posting" or "I believe I can contribute to your company"? Are you viewing your application from your prespective instead of from the perspective of a potential employers by saying something such as "This job is perfect for me because..."? Stop now by listening to the advice of our guest, Lindsay McMahon of the All Ears English podcast, who recently went through a lot of bad job applications and has useful ideas about how they could have been better. Her dos and don'ts will set you on the right path.

You can listen to the interview using the player at the top of this page or read a complete rough transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.