When I read resumes, cover letters, and performance evaluations, I am struck by how differently we use language when describing women.
A man and a woman can hold the same role, but where a man simply achieved, a woman “worked hard to achieve.” He led; she “took on a leadership role.”By the time I’m done reading, I’m convinced that he deserves the job, promotion, or raise he is seeking. To her, I just want to give a pat on the head and a gold star.
“I worked hard” “I am passionate about so and so” doesn’t cut it. As you review your resume or cover letter, ask yourself these five questions to help you determine whether you’re selling yourself short: