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  3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume. However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio. Instead, power up your biography...
 
  What Recruiters Look For in a Cover Letter
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
Capturing the attention of a recruiter with your cover letter is challenging to say the least. It is common knowledge that cover letters need to be customized for each position. But what details do recruiters really want to read in a cover letter? What format do they like best? Customize A cover letter should indicate that you are familiar with the company, and/or job, and show how you would be a great fit. Include som...
 
  How to Write A Better Cover Letter Introduction
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2013
Yes, employers still read cover letters. Let me just start with that since I’m asked that question quite frequently these days. I will say that I’m sure not all of them do, but the majority still take a few moments to scan through the cover letter—and so having an attention-grabbing cover letter is important. Especially if you have something significant you need to say. And I assure you, if you’re applying for a position...
 
  7 Ways to Make Sure They Read Your Cover Letter
by Marcia Robinson - Jan, 2013
Your cover letter plays a really important role in a successful job search; but only if it gets read. What is the point of writing a cover letter if no one is going to read it? Doing the following things will increase the chances that recruiters read your cover letter when it is submitted as part of a job application. Keep your cover letter the right length. Except for a few industries including higher education and mayb...
 
  Five Reasons A Cover Letter Is More Important Than You Think
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
These days, the professional cover letter has taken a backseat to its much more popular cousin, the resume. Although it is often seen as stuffy, antiquated, and even frivolous, the cover letter actually has the power to establish the all-important first impression (at least for employers that accept them). And what you put in that letter could be the catalyst that sets you apart and gets you an interview. Though many peopl...
 
  Four Strategies for Writing a Powerful Letter that Persuades, Compels, and Positions
by Nimish Thakkar - Nov, 2012
Writing the perfect cover letter that screams “call me” takes practice -- a lot of practice. After having reviewed and written tens of thousands of resumes and cover letters, I can verify that for the right candidate a well-written resume and cover letter could open a world of opportunities. Unfortunately, many job seekers do not take this aspect of their job search campaign very seriously. Worse still, some choose to follow u...
 
  Facts About Your Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
Why is it that career seekers spend numerous hours creating their resumes and then treat their cover letters like the forgotten stepchild? The cover letter is a critical component to your career search package and can help you stand out from the crowd. Here are some helpful hints to help your cover letter work for you. The cardinal sin You should never use ‘To whom it may concern’ in your cover letter. Get the name...
 
  The Perfect Ending
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
Job seekers everywhere stress over how to write a cover letter. Some dread the task of writing the letter so much that they forego the letter entirely. The cover letter is essential. Not only does it entice the reader to read your resume, it is a sample of your writing. The cover letter must be professional and concise as you make a specific call to action. The final paragraph is where you conclude your message and compel...
 
  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...
 
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