How to Keep Your Thank-You Note Out of the Trash
by Karen Burns - Feb, 2010
You’ve heard it a million times: Always send a thank-you letter after a job interview. So it may surprise you to learn that some hiring managers don’t like receiving these letters. It’s a waste of their time, they say. Sounds a little curmudgeonly, doesn’t it? But maybe it’s because so many thank-you letters are a waste of time--theirs, and ultimately, yours, too. Are you using your letters just to say “thanks for the inter...
Cover Letter Fashions: What's Hot, What's Not!
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2010
• Is your Cover Letter unfashionable? • Does the thought of writing a cover letter – put dread in your heart? • Would you rather get a root canal, sort your socks, clean the drain? If this sounds like you, read on to learn the Psychology behind cover-letters... These days, with the advent of social media, texting and tweeting – writing is a lost art. Some predict that the ability to spell and write in full-sentences may...
How to Ask for References
by Anne Jabusch - Jan, 2010
In this fiercely competitive job market, references can make or break you as a job candidate. It has been said that there is one job for every six people on the job hunt. So what can you do to make sure you stand out from the competition? Sometimes the answer is what other people have to say about you: your references. The following tips can help you with selecting the best references for your resume. • Pick relevant people...
Ten Steps to Preparing Top-Notch References
by Rob Taub - Jan, 2010
It Pays to Groom Your References Grooming your references is essential; knowing exactly where you stand and avoiding surprises can be the make-it or break-it in a search. A little time with a reference can result in great returns. 10 Steps (“Yes, Another 10-Stepper”) for Preparing Your References to Work for You 1. First, phone or visit your references. Demonstrate the importance of your request my investing your time...
Speaking the “Right” Language for Your Next Job
by Wendy Enelow - Jan, 2010
Whether writing your resume, cover letter, or executive leadership profile, having an informal networking lunch with a colleague, or sitting in the boardroom during an interview, it is critical that you speak the language of the position you are seeking and NOT the language of the last job you held. What does that mean? Here’s an example: Suppose you’ve just resigned from your position as VP of International Sales and are...
Writing With The “RIGHT” Words
by Wendy Enelow - Jan, 2010
Create POWERFUL Resumes, Cover Letters, Leadership Profiles, Career Biographies, Executive Branding Statements & More Most professional writers share a common love for language - for words, their meanings, their patterns and their uses. I can remember studying Latin two hours each day in 10th grade (I won’t tell you what year that was!) and then taking a Greek and Latin word roots class in college. Fun, very informative and...
Leveraging Those Letters of Recommendation In a Job Search
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
Letters of recommendation and other types of testimonials such as performance reviews are a great strategy for reinforcing your value proposition and of course, your personal brand. One of the ways you can put these letters to good use is to add some snippets from each letter to your resume. Why does this help? Well, a resume is written to tell your own story, presumably from YOUR point of view. While you can tell other...
Top Three Ways to Find a Job in 2010
by Kevin Donlin - Dec, 2009
As 2009 draws to a close, most job seekers can only say, “Good riddance.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average job search as of November 2009 took 28.5 weeks -- more than 7 months. That’s the longest since record keeping began in 1948. But there is good news: People are still finding jobs, often faster than average. How are they doing it? From what I can see, talking to and counseling hundreds...
Do Cover Letters Matter? Make Yours Stand Out and See!
by Kris Plantrich - Dec, 2009
There seems to still be an on going battle over the cover letter relevance. The majority of resume writers I have talked with still believe the cover letter can hold a few unique nuggets of value that you can use to persuade hiring managers and decision makers to take a second or first look at your resume. Most recruiters I have talked with feel the cover letter is not important to the decision making process – however recrui...
How *Not* To Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2009
On a weekly basis any hiring manager probably receives between 50 to well probably hundreds of resumes and cover letters. The key is to catch their attention from the start and the best place to do that is in your cover letter. So I am going to tell you what the worst possible way is to start your cover letter and then give you some creative alternatives to use instead. This is the most boring intro line because everyone us...
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