Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Résumé
by Nimish Thakkar - Sep, 2010
Résumés have come a long way since they were just typed pages that chronologically listed employment histories, job duties, and educational qualifications. Hiring managers are inundated with hundreds of résumés that still follow “old school”. In a competitive economy, however, a résumé needs to work much harder. Every inch of résumé space must be used to effectively communicate your value proposition and differentiation str...
Does your résumé feature an endorsement?
by Nimish Thakkar - Aug, 2010
Celebrity and customer endorsements -- those attention-grabbing testimonies and user accounts on popular commercials -- have also been used to make candidate résumés meatier, minus the celebrities of course. Career coaches and professional résumé writers often showcase snippets of employer, client, vendor, or peer comments to give client résumés extra punch, and hiring managers something memorable. “Testimonials are powe...
Top Five Resume Myths Exposed
by Nimish Thakkar - Aug, 2010
From screening job applications to conducting interviews, hiring practices have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past decade. Despite all the changes, common resume myths continue to plague job search practices at all levels. The article attempts to debunk some of these myths. Myth 1: It's all about the number of pages The one-page rule is probably the most common myth about a resume. Candidates, even senior...
Establishing your brand in your cover letter
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2010
Establishing your brand in a cover letter can be a tricky thing. You want to be creative, yet professional. So if the prose is stifled, the reader can actually feel how the writer struggled with every word, every sentence, and every thought. Here are a few tips to help get the creative juices flowing and extend a brand that conveys confidence and your capabilities: Don’t over do it. You don’t have to fill the document wi...
3 New Job Search Ideas for 50 Cents
by Kevin Donlin - Aug, 2010
I’ve written before that you can learn more about finding a job by emulating marketing experts than by reading every employment book in the library. And I still believe that’s true. To illustrate, here’s a tactic from Bob Bly, publisher of The Direct Response Letter (www.bly.com) and author of more than 70 books on advertising, copywriting, and other topics. Bly suggests the following for publishers of email newslette...
How to Effectively Follow Up on Sent Resumes
by Kris Plantrich - Jul, 2010
As I talk with many candidates, the biggest frustration I hear is that there is no response to resumes they send out. Although many have worked hard to develop a large contact list, targeted specific companies of interest and have a specific system or plan in place to send out resumes, I find most do not follow up on sent resumes. When I ask the question, “Have you followed up with them?” I usually get the deer in the head...
Filling out job applications… Why and How?
by Harry Urschel - Jul, 2010
In an age of online application processes, and emailed resumes, why do so many companies still have you fill out a paper job application when you arrive for an interview or before they make you an offer? You would think they have all the information they need from you already, why is it necessary to have you fill out the paper form? Is it necessary to duplicate everything on your resume onto the application? What exactly...
Why I Won't Be Reading Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2010
We recently had an open position we were trying to fill and I was amazed—or should I say appalled—at the blanket responses we received from job seekers. Potential candidates sent us cover letters describing experience they possessed that was completely irrelevant to our opening; it was the same as someone having a degree in veterinary medicine but seeking employment as an IT director. Did these job seekers really think that...
Seven Cover Letter Mistakes You Make When Applying via E-mail
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2010
How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by shooting them a copy of your resume and cover letter? I’m going to venture a guess and say at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you’ve been searching for any significant length of time. Here are some of the most notorious mistakes we’ve seen—and what you can do to greatly improve your chances of being noticed. Attaching the cover letter to the e-mail....
Four Secrets Of Grabbing The Recruiter’s Attention In Your Cover Letter
by Shweta Khare - May, 2010
With hundreds and thousands of resumes being submitted for one single job opening, the only way you can make the recruiter open your resume is by having a smart and unique cover letter (and of course the other way is when you have a direct reach to the hiring managers). Remember that the employers are seeking the best candidate for their offered job description and it is to you how you can make yourself stand out. Here are the...
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