Re: Tips on Getting Hired
No one has mentioned the T-letter, which is also a good approach under certain circumstances. When we analyze the audience/employer we should be able to figure out what they want from us and how to communicate that to them.
No matter how many resumes a hiring manager is going to have to look at, you've got about 3-10 seconds to get their attention so you go into the read/consider pile instead of the round file.
Thanks for bringing up the T-letter. I've used it successfully a couple of times. For those who don't know about T-letters, check the archives.
Greg Holmes also said to include something interesting or unusual in your resume. I agree as long as it is relevant to the job; otherwise, it may cause you to end up in the reject pile. I spent 18 years in Alaska and did everything from build my own wood-heated house to covering a 1,000 sled dog race for national television in temperatures ranging from freezing to 40 below nuthin. I also spent six years as a Navy Communications Technician (snoop), but I don't include any of that in my resume for a job writing Help for a database management system. I do include any jobs with Alaskan companies that may be relevant to the position. If the subject of Alaska comes up during the interview as a result of the company's contact information, I will include stories about my life there if they fit with the type of job or type of employee they are looking for, or if they ask me what's it like standing in the middle of a frozen river at 30 below with your videographer just to get an interview with the race leader....but, only if they ask.
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