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>Beth Agnew wrote:
>When it comes to resumes and job hunting, every tip or piece of advice
>should be filtered by your own individual situation, the type of job you're
>trying to get, the current state of the market, and the job finding process
>you are using.
Agreed. Whenever I've tried to whittle down my resume, I end up cutting out
a bulleted item or two that I don't see in the job description, or don't
believe will be relevant for a particular job. Every time I've done this,
the interviewer says something like:
"Do you know anything about [insert tool/app/software]? We're thinking
about using it in the future".
Then I have to explain that I cut that part out of my resume. I worry that
I'll come across as making that part up.
>If you are sending a bland, boilerplate cover letter, you are wasting a
>valuable way to get the employer's attention. The cover letter is your
>chance to demonstrate your personality, and point out to the employer how
>your skills and abilities match their job requirements so they don't have
>to infer it from the resume.
Absolutely. Once I started doing this, I increased the number of calls that
I got exponentially. Simply take the job description and cross-reference
that to your resume. Take the relevant job experience and convert that to a
personalized cover letter.
>Every time I send a resume it is customized to the job I'm applying for
>(though I don't have to look for a job any more, I still send it to
>clients). By the time the reader gets past the cover letter to the resume,
>they have already decided whether they'll bring me in for an interview. I
>also include my picture on my resume.
Me too, but I usually rip a picture from a male model website. Seriously,
do you ever include your website URL in your cover letter?
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