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How To Grab A Hiring Manager’s
Attention In 10 Seconds…And Get
Called For The Job Interviews
In today’s hyper-busy world, a hiring manager has just about 10
seconds to decide whether to preselect your resume or trash it.
So what’s the best way to grab a hiring manager’s attention in 10
seconds or less?
After more than 4 years of studying human psychology and
advertising, here’s the most powerful way I’ve discovered:
Provide a compelling answer (in a few words) to the biggest
question that’s on the top of their minds.
But most importantly, make sure those few words can be read
within the first 10 seconds they set their eyes on your resume/CV.
For hiring managers and recruiters, the top question in their minds
for you the candidate applying for any job, is this:
Why Should I Hire You Over The Other
10999 Competing Candidates?
Simple but tough question, right?
If your resume or CV is not providing a compelling answer to this
question at a glance (in less than 10 seconds), then chances are
it won’t stand out from the crowd.
Period! End of story!
And therefore, it won’t be able to get you job interviews.
Here’s What I’ve Found…
After reviewing hundreds of traditional resumes, I’ve found that
99% of them are not answering this critical question at a glance.
And if you’re reading this, then probably yours too is missing the
mark on the answer to this obvious but crucial question.
And how do I know that?
Well, most job seekers want to be “traditionally-correct.”
Most job seekers simply follow the same old way resumes have
been written for decades…without ever giving a thought to
answering the #1 most important question that’s in every hiring
As is often the case, the simplest solutions are the best solutions.
Don’t try to follow any traditional resume-writing foolishness or
After helping many professionals get job interviews with my
revolutionary VIP-Reserved Resumes™, I’ve found that the
simplest and most compelling answer to the above question
should be something in the lines of:
“Here’s Why I’m Different From The Other 10999 Candidates
And Here Are X Reasons Why You Should Hire Me…”
Below Are 5 Examples Of Interview-
Getting VIP-Resumes That Answer That
Crucial Question MOST Effectively…
Example #1: For a Client in USA
Example #2: For a Client in Australia
Example #3: For a Client in Nigeria
Example #4: For a Client in Dubai, UAE
Example #5: For another Client in Nigeria
Hope you enjoyed going through the samples.
Now here’s the Big Question:
What guarantees that the hiring manager will read those powerful
words within the first 10 seconds of setting their eyes on your
Answer: The VIP-Resume is designed such that they MUST read
Here’s why (actually there are 2 big reasons):
Reason #1: Those phrases have the BIGGEST font size (or
character size) on the page. So that’s where the eyes are
automatically and naturally pulled to.
This amazing VIP-Resume design was inspired from the way
magazine and newspaper headlines are written.
The headlines are always BIG and bold so that it’s the first thing
that grabs your attention. You can’t miss it!!
Reason #2: We humans mostly and naturally read documents
from left to right and from top to bottom.
And because the VIP-Resume is designed such that those
powerful phrases are the first thing you see from left to right and
from top to bottom, there’s no way you can miss reading them.
This concept is so crucial to point that we make sure the headline
comes even before the candidate’s name and personal
information…as opposed to the traditional resume.
Most importantly, the headline summarizes why the reader
should invest their time to read the document.
We’re living in a hyper-busy and distraction-full world. And so
everybody always ask themselves “is this worth my time?”, before
reading any document, whatsoever.
Your resume should be able to tell the hiring manager instantly in
a few compelling words why you’re the ideal candidate and why
they should pay serious attention on reading your resume.
But most critically, those words should be able to separate you
from the huge crowd of thousands of other job-hungry candidates.
And all that should be done within 6 to 10 seconds!!
Let me answer an obvious question you may be having in your mind
Who Am I?…And Why Should You Trust Me
To Help You Get More Job Interviews So You
Can Finally Land A Big-Time Job?
My name is Sylvester Nkongho. I’m a Cameroonian by
Nationality and presently residing in Dallas, Texas,
You’ve probably seen me on “Meet The Experts” TV
Show, hosted by Areille Ford, that aired on CBS, FOX,
ABC and NBC affiliates in the United States…
…or read my career-growth advice columns in the
prestigious FORBES Afrique Magazine.
Six years ago, I was working with Diageo-Guinness
Cameroon – West Africa Hub of Diageo Plc – the world’s largest
producer of spirits…
…(including Johnnie Walker,
J&B, Smirnoff, Cîroc, Crown
Royal, Baileys, Buchanan’s,
Windsor, Ketel One vodka,
Tanqueray, Captain Morgan,
…major producer of beer
(Guinness) and wine, and
distributor of a range of cognacs
on behalf of Moët Hennessy:
the world leader in cognac.
Sylvester Nkongho, Author of
The Job-Getting Formula Book
Arielle Ford Interviews Job-getting Expert Sylvester
Nkongho on « Meet the Experts » TV Show
“If you’re not where you want to be with your career, you better hook up with
Sylvester really FAST” —Arielle Ford, Host of Meet The Experts TV Show, TV Producer,
I joined the company back in 2004 as a young graduate, fresh
from school, with no experience, and a Masters Degree in
I was hired into a Graduate Trainee program that got me trained
into the activities of almost all the departments: from
manufacturing, engineering, logistics, sales and marketing, human
resources, and finally procurement.
But after settling down in procurement and working for another
couple of years, I got fed up with my job as Supplier Performance
I found myself doing work that was practically reserved for a
Senior Manager position, but getting paid “peanuts” in return.
Even worse, I wasn’t recognized for all my brilliant efforts.
My selfish boss was rather playing company politics with my
desire for promotion.
She made me endless promises of a possible promotion so as to get
me work my ass off while she took all the credits.
When things went right with the work I did, she took all the glory.
When things went wrong I was blamed for screwing up.
I was constantly afraid of being fired someday, because I was
working with someone who didn’t have my best interest at heart!
I felt like my career was stagnating.
Being a fast learner and doer, I had rapidly outgrown my
And so my job quickly became almost routine and less
challenging. And anytime I suggested a new way of doing
things…it was either turned down by my boss or being considered
a challenge to her competency.
I wanted a job where I could shine…that offered me the level of
responsibility, influence, autonomy, control, job satisfaction, but
most importantly, the kind of lifestyle I wanted for me and my
I wanted to free myself from the hypocrisy, discrimination, nasty
company politics, and jealousy-induced conspiracies aimed against
me at my job.
I wanted to put a stop to me doing ALL the grunt work and “heavy
lifting” while some “bubble head” takes ALL the credit in the
name of being my boss.
I couldn’t stop hating my job as the days went by.
I couldn’t stop imagining the look on my jealous boss’s face the day I’d
finally announce to her that “I’m quitting and moving to a new and better
But Here’s Where It Got Even More
After I activated my “Plan B” and started looking for another job…I
didn’t land a single interview…even after sending out tons of resumes!
I Suspected There Was A Problem With My
Résumé And Cover Letter
So I bought all the books and courses I could lay my hands on that
carried advice on how to write attention-grabbing résumés and cover
letters and on how to ace job interviews.
Heck, I even enrolled into