I have talked to a lot of people lately who aren’t getting interviews and who can’t figure out what the problem is. They tell me that they know their resume and cover letter are fine (and often people have looked those over for them and verified that), and they can’t figure out what they’re doing wrong.
I’ve started asking to see their resume and cover letter anyway — despite their confidence that those aren’t the problem. And you know what? Nearly always, those are the problem. The people who told them that they were fine were wrong — they didn’t have the experience or the insight to know what would make a really great resume or letter. And as a result, these job-seekers have been continuing to apply with mediocre materials and continuing to not get interviews, and are frustrated because they can’t figure out why.
Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about the these and two other reasons that you’re not getting interviews, even if you think you’re doing all the right things. Please read it — for most of you struggling with this issue, you’re going to find the answers in there.
And from there? Start fixing it. Read these:
the #1 question your resume should answer
10 mistakes you’re making on your resume
don’t use a functional resume
objectives: leave them off your resume
those big paragraphs of text on your resume are putting people to sleep
the whole “resumes” section of my archives (There are 51 posts in there; read them.)
what does a good cover letter look like?
the point of a cover letter
more things not to say in your cover letter
example of a great cover letter
the whole “cover letters” section of my archives (There are 31 posts in there; read them.)
And yes, I know that’s a lot and it will take time. But the alternative is to continue not getting interviews, and that’s not a good alternative. Seriously — follow the advice in these posts, and you should have a dramatically better resume and cover letter … and if my reader mail is any guide, you should start getting calls for interviews once you do.
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