The First Cut—So What?
You open your morning e-mail. There’s a message from XYZ Corporation. Your finger hesitates over the mouse button. Will the click reveal good news or bad? In? Or out? At last you get up the nerve. Click.
The message begins with the pronoun “we.” Now that’s usually bad news. Employers prefer to frame rejection in terms of a collective “we” rather than a personal and individual “I.” But you read on.
And—hold it .… Yes! XYZ wants to interview you! They were impressed with your resumé, your background, your qualifications. But, just another minute, the e-mail is not signed by Ms. T. J. Krumm, Manager of Sales, to whom you had addressed your cover letter and resumé, but by one Larry Larson, Human Resources Associate.