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Don’t Convey Any Unnecessarily Negative Information: How to Avoid Signaling Weakness
Inexperienced job-seekers sometimes feel they must reveal every detail about their background — and even point out their weaknesses.
Notice how the opening clause in the following example adds nothing to the sentence and in fact totally weakens it:
- Although I have not had the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experience in finance I have gained general experience in my field through internships and stock-trading simulations.
If you simply eliminate that initial negative clause you strengthen the statement enormously yet you are still 100 percent honest:
- I have gained general experience in my field through internships and stock-trading simulations.
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