How To Get An Interview

Written by Serena Berger
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Your resume is one of the most important factors in determining whether you get an interview. Along with your cover letter, this is the way that you present yourself to an employer, and it will form the first impression that the employer has of you. Often, it will do so within a matter of seconds. If you want to get an interview, understand what employers want to see when they read your resume.

Get an Interview with a Resume and Cover Letter

Employers have no interest in compound adjectives created just for resumes. If you've never had someone else call you "results focused," don't write it on your resume. Don't bury the facts in subjective phrases, self-evaluations, and adjectives which distract from the substance of your qualifications, experience, and goals. Most reviewers will not even make the effort to wade through a resume to find substance which is not immediately evident.

If you have any deal breakers, find a tactful way to mention them in your resume. Many applicants worry about including salary information of their resumes. If you want to earn significantly more than you've been earning, you don't want to put your current salary, because employers will think that's all you're worth or all they have to offer you. If you've been making a lot of money but would consider taking a job you really liked for less, you don't want to put off a potential employer with a salary that's out of his price range. If, however, you firmly believe that you should be making $45,000 per year and you won't take a job for less, then put a line about your salary goal on your resume.

Your cover letter or bio is your chance to communicate and show your personality. In fact, almost all employers would prefer that you do so. Your resume should be relatively dry, concise, and factual; your cover letter should be unique, memorable, and can reflect your personality. Of course, it should still be professional--but most employers say they would like your cover letter or bio to reflect the way you would actually speak or write to clients, co-workers, and superiors.

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