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Vol. 16, Issue 48 - Week of November 27, 2017

Not getting called for interviews? Investigate whyAbridged: Monster

SEATTLE, WA -- Your Resume and Cover Letter: Maybe your resume and cover letter aren't laced with mistakes, but if employers find even one or two errors, you're toast. And maybe your resume and cover letter are grammatically perfect, but they won't get you anywhere if they're not persuasive. Examples and specifics are crucial, as are an eye-pleasing design and details regarding your key skills and accomplishments.

The Jobs You're Applying For: There's such a thing as aiming too high. If you don't have the skills, experience and credibility a particular job requires, you'll be dismissed from consideration quickly. For example, if you're 22 years old and just finishing your bachelor's degree in journalism, you're not going to land an interview for the head writing job at a major daily newspaper.

The Way(s) You're Applying: "Consider your channels of distribution," says award-winning speaker and business columnist Elizabeth Freedman, principal of Elizabeth Freedman & Co. "For example, are you only applying for jobs on campus or online? If so, you're making things tough on yourself, because when you only apply for jobs through these channels, you're competing against lots and lots of people for a single opportunity." You'll be far better off diversifying your job search by applying a few different strategies, instead of restricting yourself in your efforts by only using one method in your search efforts.

Other Articles in This Issue:

Work smarter and land a job over the competition

How to positively influence employers with social media

3 Smart ways to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn profile

Get help finding a recruiter in your industry

Dress without stress for your next job interview

[VIDEO] The secret to acing your next job interview

Try not to stress too much while job searching

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