Peerwith’s CV support provides expert help before you submit your CV or application letter to your future employer. Peerwith experts can increase your chances of passing the first step in the screening process by guiding you through an application process or giving advise on how you can improve your CV, cover letter or other application materials.
In this case study we look at a series of CV support service requests we received from Bertrand, a Swedish researcher.
The initial contact
Bertrand’s wife was applying for an early career job at a university, and he wanted the description of her area of research and the Power Point presentation reviewed by an expert. Having had a good experience with the expert Glenna Jenkins previously, Bertrand used the feature “contact again” and sent Glenna a direct request to take a look at his wife’s application material.
Even though it was Winter holidays time and despite the different time zones, Glenna responded just a day after the request had been posted. In order to provide a quote, Glenna wanted to know the entire word count of the Word document and the Power Point presentation Bertrand had sent her. Fortunately, the presentation contained just twelve slides, so the expert was able to transfer them into a Word document and determine the word count. To ensure that Glenna knew what guidelines the application materials had to conform to, Bertrand followed up with a message that contained a link to the job description. Having seen that, Glenna could offer a quote of USD 90, and she explained that for this fee she would provide:
- The review of Bertrand’s wife’s job application materials
- Ensuring that the materials correspond with the job description
- Language editing
On the same day as the connection was made, Glenna sent Bertrand the revised application materials in a Word document accompanied by a message:
“Both files looked very well organized and the logic of flow was good. I went through everything carefully and saw that my main task was to revise for English-language expression and also for active voice in a few cases. I also offered some alternative suggestions for some of the PPT slides and some sections of the other document, and I adjusted the titles and sub-titles in the PPT to make them consistent. I hope your wife does not mind adjusting the PPT herself, based on what I have done in the Word document I created from her file. If she has any questions or concerns about any of the adjustments in either document, please contact me at the earliest.
Two observations: 1. The job description asks for an application letter and a CV. Have these already been done? I can certainly check them for style and English-language usage, if necessary. 2. The Word document begins with section 3. Or does this mean it’s the third part of a series of documents? If so, hopefully these documents are listed in the application letter. I hope everything is ok. Please let me know. The Word document is attached here. The transcribed PPT (to Word) is attached to the other file. All the best, Glenna.”
Bertrand was very grateful with the work Glenna did. He followed up on Glenna’s suggestion to have his wife’s application letter reviewed as well and sent it to her right away in a new request. Once the connection for $30 had been made, Glenna returned the revised application letter in less than an hour. She made sure that the application letter was well organised and that the language was used correctly. She concluded by reassuring Bertrand that she thinks that his wife is a suitable candidate for the position she was applying for, and she wished them both good luck.
This job application support was invaluable for Bertrand, as an experienced expert was able to provide guidance on how fitting the application materials were for submitting to the university that had a position of his wife’s interest.
It is important to note when reading this case study that even though the CV support service improves client’s chances to pass through the first screening in the recruitment process, it does not guarantee the client’s employment.