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...
Curtain-Raising Cover Letters: Full Disclosure
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2009
Cover Letters Get Tossed. Haven’t You Heard? Quite a conundrum--creating an alluring and candidacy strengthening cover letter without reciting your resume. So why do some dislike the cover letter? I’ll tell you what I’ve heard and why sometimes I too don’t like them... Many underestimate the cover letter and write it as just a formality; others write cover letters with futile marketing attempts because they just recou...
“Fair and Middling Talent” Only, Please
by Jessica Lewis - Nov, 2009
One of the fun things about Twitter is I can see a tweet linking to an article, read the article and think, “Huh, that’s interesting. Maybe I should blog about it,” see another tweet a few hours later linking to an article, read that article and see that it is a response to the first article, and think, “Huh, that’s really interesting. Now I really need to blog about it.” And I have my blog topic for the day. The first arti...
Put a P.S. in Your Cover Letter
by Kevin Donlin - Nov, 2009
It’s the darndest thing. All successful job searches are marketing and sales campaigns. You have to find and qualify customers (employers) for your services. That’s the marketing. And you have to convince those customers to buy (hire) you. That’s the sales part. So why not adapt the best practices from the world of marketing and sales to your job search? Seems pretty logical, right? Apparently not. Because, i...
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