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Instant Interviews: 101 Ways to Get the Best Job of Your Life by Jeffrey G. Allen

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Chapter 90. Passing Instantly Through the Professional Screen

Now we get to the heart of the employment application—the crucial job-related information. Passing right through this screen is done differently.

It is only necessary if the employer doesn't permit "See resume" on the application.

Let's finesse this for once and for all too!

Languages Spoken

If the question doesn't say foreign languages, start with "English." Leaving it out will be a failure to follow instructions.

Special Skills or Talents

Unstants make the mistake of leaving this blank.

Offerors are impressed by people who have transferable abilities or skills. Be sure to include anything that will make you better at doing the job.

Don't generalize with conclusions like "Detail-oriented" or "I like people." Give specific accomplishments that demonstrate these attributes.

Outside Interests or Hobbies

As with special skills or talents, choose work-related activities that enhance your image as a superstar.

Memberships

Anything other than professional memberships should not be included.

Questions about social, fraternal, or religious groups get the response "None."

Other Job Interests

Unstants are often confused by the word interests and therefore leave the space blank. Big mistake.

Offerors interview people they think are flexible. The larger businesses also have computerized "skills inventories."

So include duties you'd like to have in the future.

Use keywords if you're applying online (Do 15). This is critical.

Computer Skills

Even if it's ...

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