I like how precise this article is. Although I would add that you should tailor your resume a little bit, depending on a specific position. What I mean is put most relevant skills in the beginning of the sentence. So if you are applying for more managerial position – something like leadership and customer focus should be put prior to knowledge of coding.
HR usually has tons of resumes to go through and our mind is put in such a way that beginning of the sentence is usually what sticks out more, when we skim through. Just a little psychological trick for you.
John, even though it’s a month since your interview, I don’t think it hurts to send a note — but the note should reflect that time has passed. You could say something like, “Over the last month, I’ve been thinking about our interview, and I really appreciate how friendly and helpful you were.” (Or whatever is true.) You could also try to get through to someone at the company, or a recruiter, and say, “I’m calling to find out if a decision has been made yet, and if not, when do you expect to make one?” Unfortunately, companies don’t always contact the applicants who didn’t get the job, and you have every right to follow up and ask what’s happening, as long as you don’t do it in a rude or harassing way. (Which you totally wouldn’t anyway 🙂
Thanks so much for this article! I’m a Dutch writer, longing to improve my synopses.
Whilst Googling, I didn’t find anything useful in Dutch. Then I found this page!
My synopsis is ready now, next week I will send it together with the first 50 pages of the MS to the publishers!
I have never had such a great synopsis, I’ve followed all your steps and made it exactly like you describe. I’m confident I will finally score a great publisher!
I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks again, this article RULES!