| Moving Up the Ladder - Myth vs. Reality: Resumes and Cover Letters
by Mike Perry and Tim Muma - Apr, 2015
It's another edition of Myth vs. Reality where we take common phrases or beliefs about specific topics and have our guests determine if they're true or false. This episode keys on the thoughts surrounding resumes and cover letters, particularly what will (or won't) work in trying to get a job interview. Mike Perry, president of Szarka Financial Management, brings his 30 years of experience as a hiring manager to give our job s...
| Job Search Guide - How to Include Incomplete Degrees on a Resume
by Peggy Koch and Cady Chesney - Feb, 2015
For a multitude of reasons, you may not have been able to finish your bachelors or post-graduate degrees. But leaving this information off of your resume could show a gap in your work history, or relevant experience that would assist you in getting a job. So what do you do? Tune in to find out from Peggy Koch, a senior staffing manager at Key Resource Group with over 15 years of experience in recruiting! Job Search Guide co...
| Classroom to Boardroom - Experience on the Resume
by Meredith Daw and Tim Muma - Dec, 2014
It's time to take a detailed look at the resume, paying particular attention to the experience section for college students trying to snag that first great job. This section can be a challenge as most college-aged individuals won't have the experience a five-year veteran holds. Meredith Daw, assistant vice president of enrollment and student advancement for the University of Chicago, offers her inside information on what shoul...
| Job Search Guide - Overcoming Age Discrimination When Job Hunting
by Robin Ryan and Jenna Connour - Oct, 2014
Age discrimination can be a sensitive topic, but it’s one that has some mature workers concerned, especially when it comes to embarking on the job search process. To learn more about what leads to age discrimination, and how mature job seekers can overcome stereotypes in order to secure a new job, Jenna Connour sits down with Robin Ryan, career counselor, professional speak, and the bestselling author of "Over 40 & You're Hire...
How to Organize a Cover Letter/Email
by Robin Schlinger - Nov, 2014
Cover letters and emails are important; some hiring managers and recruiters ignore them but others expect them. Why take the chance? Cover letters give you the opportunity to show off your communication skills, direct the hiring manager’s or recruiter’s attention to important accomplishments and facts, and add detail that might not be appropriate for your resume (for example, salary range if the company requires that informati...
How to Write A Great Cover Letter
by Abby Locke - Oct, 2014
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether it's a letter that accompanies your direct job application, is used for networking or is for introductions to an executive recruiter, it is a critical part of your brand presentation and career marketing. When properly written, a cover letter serves as a personal introduction and the tricky part is to make an impact with rehashing your resu...
Why's My Executive Resume Not Working? 2 Words
by Jean Cummings - Oct, 2014
It's been a long time since anything's been simple about executive resumes. People ask questions such as: should my resume be two pages or one, can you have three or more pages, how should it look, can I have a functional resume? And, about the response to their resumes people ask: why I am not getting called back, why aren't recruiters contacting me, why have I been looking for months with no luck? Well, the simple answer...
Cover Letter Essentials
by Terri Tierney Clark - Oct, 2014
Cover letters, or cover emails, are a necessary evil to landing an interview. It’s annoying to have to craft a brilliant, succinct and distinctive email when many interviewers toss them aside and dive right into your resume. But then again, there are those hirers that won’t get to your resume if they don’t like your cover letter. As the influence of texting, Twitter and other shortened forms of communication have permeated...
Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes? Read our list and review your cover letter. Borrow my tips and vow never to make these major cover letter mistakes again! Rather than Generalize, Personalize Inste...
Gimmicky Cover Letters: Great Idea or Gruesome Miscalculation?
by Adrienne Erin - Jul, 2014
Today’s job market is brutal. As of 2013, there were three unemployed applicants vying for every job opening. Add in the applicants who are actually still employed and that number rises even more, making the hiring process extremely cutthroat. Because of this wicked environment, job seekers are going to great lengths just to simply get noticed. But are these gimmicks worth the risk? Will they just come across as desperate t...
How to Write a Cover Letter that Works
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? If so, you’re making a common mistake. The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Just like those letters, your cover note must be compelling, easy to read, and must convey clearly why you are a perfect fit. (hopefully it goes without sayin...
3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
Can a cover letter really win you an interview? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the resume? A resume isn’t the sole determining factor in whether you get the interview. A cover letter absolutely can play a deciding role in securing an interview, and I’m going to share with you three secrets that we utilize in the cover letters we write for our clients that generate immediate interview interest. We give them three reas...
1 Cover Letter Secret That Will Guarantee You Interviews
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Is there a cover letter secret that can guarantee you will get interviews whenever you use it? I know of one magical key you can incorporate into your cover letter that can increase your chances of getting interviews by 50%. Would you like me to share it? Of course you would! So here you go: ASKING FOR THE INTERVIEW Seems like asking for the interview would be common sense, but how many job seekers actually ask for th...
Top Cover Letter Trends for 2014
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
As 2014 approaches I’ve been putting together a series of articles on the top tips and trends for resumes, cover letters, job searches, and LinkedIn profiles. In this piece I’m shedding light on what I see as the top cover letter trends going into 2014. Evolution of the E-Note The Internet and social media are rapidly changing the shape of how we job search. It can be daunting at times to keep up with the ever-changing...
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