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The ‘Cut the Crap Method,’ is an innovative approach to condensing your application into an easily digestible package. It can drastically increase interview rates because HR Mangers know immediately if you’re the right fit. (Developed by the ladies and gents over at

A former Central High classmate shared her experience using this method which was the inspiration for this article. Not only did she land an interview within 24 hours but she also landed a job offer within the next week. So without further delay here’s the tea on the Cut the Crap Method.

Background information before going for an interview

Most people are constantly trying to do more and more so they’re always rushing. Recruiters are no different in fact, they look at your Resume for just 7.5 seconds on average before deciding if you’re getting an interview.

This means a quick skim of your application must communicate that you’re the best choice for the job or someone else will be getting the interview. Thus, everything you send a HR Manager or recruiter must be concise, value-driven, and customized in order to be effective. The ‘Cut the Crap Method,” is another innovative approach to do just that. 

What is it specifically?

The ‘Cut the Crap Method,’ is composed of your Resume, Cover Letter and Job Description Profile combined in a single word or pdf file. Most of you will already be familiar with the Resume and Cover Letter so I’ll skip those. The Job Description Profile is a two-column table with job requirements in one column and your matching skills, experiences and education in the other.

Here’s an example of Brittany’s Job Description Profile.

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This provides a concise way of showing how you fit the candidate profile in a quick snapshot. If they want to know more about other experiences, they can read the cover letter or full resume. I sent this, my cover letter, and my resume in one document and got an email for an interview the next day. Then I placed them all into a nice portfolio and got the job after one interview.” – Brittany Bronson.

You can contact Brittany for more information about her experience via her Linkedin.

In conclusion

If you’ve had issues getting an interview in the past consider leveraging the ‘Cut the Crap Method.‘ Combine your Resume, Cover Letter and Job Description Profile into a single file and attach it where you’d usually attach your Resume. 



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