Written by Which one of these 5 common mistakes are you making right now?

This isrepparttar first in my series onrepparttar 145272 most common "dumbest mistakes" you're probably making when applying for job after job.

Mistake 1

Employers get so many resumes and letters sayingrepparttar 145273 same worn-out things and usingrepparttar 145274 same tired old phrases, that it's hard to seerepparttar 145275 difference betweenrepparttar 145276 applicants. Phrases like: "I'm good with people," "I'm a good learner" and "I love a challenge" appear on nearly every application that's ever been written, and simply makes you part ofrepparttar 145277 crowd. Weed these cliched phrases from your application and instead replace them with powerful reasons to hire you.

As you know,repparttar 145278 job doesn't always go torepparttar 145279 person withrepparttar 145280 best skills � it usually goes torepparttar 145281 person that sells themselvesrepparttar 145282 best. It'srepparttar 145283 difference between tunnel-vision and funnel-vision. A person with tunnel-vision writes short-sighted letters tellingrepparttar 145284 employer what a good X they are, and how much experience they have.

To apply funnel vision, start atrepparttar 145285 small picture � "they need an X" and work towardrepparttar 145286 bigger picture � "they need an X to help make/save them money either directly or indirectly and to satisfy their customers' needs."

You berepparttar 145287 judge. Imagine you're an employer looking for a secretary for example. Would you employ someone who says they can type 90 words a minute, or someone who says they will:

"Berepparttar 145288 perfect ambassador forrepparttar 145289 business, always smiling and cheerful both face-to-face and overrepparttar 145290 phone. Able to do multiple things at once and can take care ofrepparttar 145291 mundane tasks to freerepparttar 145292 other staff to spend more time doing what they do best. A salesperson should be selling � not photocopying...

A secretary with funnel vision will show an employer what THEY can do for THEM. A person with tunnel-vision will keep looking for work, or stay where they are.

Mistake #2

Employers hate trying to decipher information in resumes to see if you can be matched to a position they're trying to fill. An employer needs to seerepparttar 145293 benefits and results to them fromrepparttar 145294 skills listed in your resume. This can be hard to do without sounding like an egotist, but some of our readers who've gotten it right have received phone calls within hours ofrepparttar 145295 employer receivingrepparttar 145296 application.

How To Write The Perfect Cover Letter: Be Brief--And Be Gone!

Written by Jimmy Sweeney

The best cover letters are 'one-page wonders.' Why? Because they suit today's busy employers who are already overloaded and often overwhelmed. The best way to catch their attention is to 'be brief–and be gone.' Leave them wanting more–so they'll call you for an interview–which is just what you hope for. Write a letter that makes your point aboutrepparttar job you want, displays your enthusiasm, and clearly asks forrepparttar 145015 opportunity to meet in person.

Put these SEVEN SECRETS of a 'Short and Sweet' Cover Letter into practice and get your phone ringing next week:

1. Write a cover letter that fits on one page - MAX - three paragraphs total! 2. Give your letter plenty of 'white space' by creating generous margins and double spacing between paragraphs.

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