What did they say again?

Id­ioms can make your lan­guage sound authen­tic, but be care­ful about us­ing id­ioms in writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tions, as they may make your ap­pli­ca­tion sound too in­for­mal.

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First, the id­iomatic way

Jen: This job is right up your street.

Sam: But how do I make the cut? Jen: Hon­estly? Not with this ap­pli­ca­tion. You need to spruce it up. Blow your own trum­pet!

Now, more sim­ply

Jen: This job is ex­actly what you would be in­ter­ested in and good at. Sam: But how do I make it into the next round and avoid be­ing re­jected?

Jen: Hon­estly? Not with this ap­pli­ca­tion. You need to im­prove it. Praise your­self and your suc­cess!

First, the id­iomatic way

Jen: You fit the bill.

Sam: And I’d put my heart and soul into this job.

Jen: Then you can add “I go to great lengths to suc­ceed”, or “I’m pre­pared to go the ex­tra mile”.

Now, more sim­ply

Jen: You have all that’s re­quired. Sam: And I’d put ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing into this job.

Jen: Then you can add “I would do ev­ery­thing to suc­ceed”, or “I’m pre­pared to do more than is re­quired”.

First, the id­iomatic way

Jen: Do you re­ally push the en­ve­lope? It’s over the top!

Sam: OK. Could I write “I work ex­tremely well un­der pres­sure and am able to think on my feet”? Jen: Yes, be­cause it shows what makes you tick.

Now, more sim­ply

Jen: Do you re­ally take risks to do some­thing new? It’s too much! Sam: OK. Could I write “I work ex­tremely well in stress­ful sit­u­a­tions and am able to think of good ideas and make de­ci­sions quickly in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions”?

Jen: Yes, be­cause it shows some­thing about you per­son­ally.

First, the id­iomatic way

Jen: You need a stronger clos­ing. How about “I am con­vinced that my skill set is a per­fect fit for your team”?

Sam: That should do it. I sound like the cream of the crop!

Jen: You do, and that’s why I think you’ll land this job. Be pre­pared to hit the ground run­ning.

Now, more sim­ply

Jen: You need a stronger clos­ing. How about “I am con­vinced that my com­bi­na­tion of skills is ex­actly right for your team”?

Sam: That should do it. I sound like the best ap­pli­cant of all!

Jen: You do, and that’s why I think you’ll get this job. Be pre­pared to have lots of en­ergy and to be a suc­cess from the start.

Blow your own trum­pet!

Be pre­pared to hit the ground run­ning!

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