Why No One is Reading Your Resume
by Ozzie Saunds - Aug, 2012
You see an exciting job posting and email your resume, hoping to get a response from the employer, but unfortunately you are left feeling frustrated, thinking days later, “How come they did not phone me about the position after I sent them my resume?” Here are four possible reasons why, no one is reading your resume. Your resume is not optimized for computer scanning software: With the growth of the Internet, the way we fi...
Knock, knock: How to Write An Effective COVER LETTER that Opens Doors
by John Crant - Jun, 2012
Cover Letters are one of the most perplexing challenges for the Job Seeker. The Job Ads ask for one. The guides all suggest we send one. Why is it that so many resumes go out without a proper cover letter? (most of them may never be read, but they will be… for the right candidates) Careful taking license with what I just said: Yes, most cover letters will never be read. In a world where there are often 3–5,000 resumes se...
Can’t all my cover letters be the same?
by Julie Walraven - May, 2012
NO! You can’t write the same cover letter for every job. It then is just an extra document, extra page, with no extra information. Almost every day I get this question from a client or inquirer: Can I use the same cover letter for all of them? or “Just write me a cover letter” (and some of those people don’t even bother to find a job they are targeting first. The confusion about what a cover letter is and is not never ...
Cover Letters versus E-Notes
by Georgia Adamson - May, 2012
Some things get super-sized, like fast-food portions. Others get minimized…like cover letters? Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about writing cover letters (not really), I started seeing references to e-notes. Apparently, we now have to start thinking in terms of the old quote about “less is more” with regard to cover letters. So, hello, e-notes! Difference between a Cover Letter and an E-Note As...
9 Business Communication Tips: Purpose, Prose, and Proofreading!
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Apr, 2012
One of the reasons writing can be so hard is that we often dive into the writing part without a lot of thought to the strategy and purpose of our message. By giving yourself a slower start and working a bit on the overall picture of what you want to accomplish in your writing, you will likely finish with a much better message! Tip 1: It is all about ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! Actually, that is a joke. It is not all about you....
Are Cover Letters Old-Fashioned?
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2012
Although cover letters are a long-standing part of the job search, they are not outmoded. Cover letters or cover emails are more relevant today than ever. Job seekers are facing steep competition in today’s job market. A misstep will cost you a job. Some ask, “Why is the letter so important when much of the same information is in the résumé?” There are a few reasons why you can’t afford to skip the cover letter. Your ...
Cover Letters–Not Your Life Story
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2012
Some job seekers start to write a cover letter and don’t seem to know when to stop–or how to focus, for that matter. If that description fits you, I suggest you think seriously about what it is that you want and need your cover letter to accomplish. If it’s to bore the reader (employer) to tears or motivate him/her to turn the letter into a paper airplane, no problem. Your over-long, poorly focused cover letter will do the tri...
Cover Letter Trends & Tips
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2012
As promised in my previous post, this one will touch on cover letter trends and tips you might find useful. Some of the information–and any quotes–come from the Career Thought Leaders 2011 Career Brainstorming Day white paper mentioned previously. The idea is to get you thinking about cover letter issues that are fairly new or emerging as possible trends. Debate About Cover Letters–Are They Read? From the brainstorming...
Writing a Unique Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2012
One reason so many job seekers hate writing cover letters is because they find it difficult to write something unique. There is a lot of pressure to write that one-in-a-million killer cover letter, especially in a crowded job market. So, how do you write something original and captivating? Write a hook in the opening paragraph. ¡Start your letter with a startling fact or industry trend. ¡Congratulate the company o...
Teens Looking for Summer Jobs Should Write Cover Letters
by Marcia Robinson - Feb, 2012
A cover letter is a simple job search document that can help a teen land a summer job in a competitive job market. Teens who are planning for summer jobs should know that hiring managers, even in the days of online applications, will still be impressed with a well written cover letter and a resume. Teens should know that cover letters do not have to be complex. All the cover letter really needs to do is express interest the su...
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