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. ...
Career Search Support and Inspiration
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2010
Reflecting on the clients that I have had the pleasure to work with I thought it appropriate to provide some observations regarding career search. One thing that immediately hampers a job search is poor feelings of self-worth. The power of positive thinking is something that should not be dismissed as unimportant. The happier you feel, the more that feeling will make you feel happy; and it will spread to those that come in con...
Ask These Interview Questions
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - May, 2010
An interview is a conversation between two or more individuals with all parties involved in the process. Asking and answering questions is fair game for everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes job seekers and hiring managers alike are so uncomfortable with the interview process that they ask the wrong questions or forego their opportunity to ask questions entirely. As a job seeker, it is your responsibility to communicate to the...
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...
Who You Should (And Shouldn't) Turn To For Resume Advice
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2010
Showing your resume around to get feedback? Doing so can be a career-killer, especially if you're blindly taking others' advice. Here are 5 groups you might seek out for an honest, effective perspective on your resume--including some resources that I'd recommend skipping if you really want more interviews: 1 - Personal contacts (friends, family, etc.) Unless they are familar with your career accomplishments, this grou...
10 Habits To Energize Your Day! Time To Pump It Up!
by Andy Robinson - May, 2010
Balancing "highly focused work effort" with adequate rest and recovery is invaluable in any performance venue - work, athletics, sports, hobbies, etc. Without adequate recovery time, we overstress our bodies physically, emotionally and mentally. Energy levels suffer and peak performance is impacted. Energize Yourself! With regard to work activities, recovery time not only includes planned vacations and time away from wo...
How to say ‘no’ without saying ‘no’ to the boss
by Elizabeth Freedman - May, 2010
If you work for a Slave Driver, you’ve got to master the art of saying ‘no’ the boss…without saying ‘no.’ Here are a few tips, smoothie: Let your boss know how much you care about getting the job done – and how much you value working “smart” – instead of just working “hard.” Try: “John, I’ve noticed how much extra time we put in on weekends and evenings to get the job done. Would you be open to having me come up with a few ...
Customize Each Cover Letter You Send Or Don't Send One At All
by Liz Handlin - May, 2010
One of the services I offer is cover letter writing. Many clients contact me and ask me to write both a resume and cover letter. I always tell them the same thing: I am happy to write a resume but let's wait until you are applying for a specific job or to a specific company to write that cover letter. Part of the reason for that is that the way I write cover letters is very customized. I need to learn about the person I am wri...
Four Guerrilla Job-Search Tips from Ireland
by Kevin Donlin - May, 2010
Sometimes the shortest route to a new job is a straight line. That’s what one Irish “guerrilla” job hunter found in Canada, with ramifications for your job search -- no matter where you live. This story is courtesy of Curt Bolan, a career and employment consultant at Canada-Saskatchewan Career and Employment Services, in Saskatoon. Read on to learn four ways you can get hired faster by taking the “Irish” approach... ...
Should the Recruiting Department Be Charged with Financial Malfeasance?
by Lou Adler - May, 2010
Earlier this year I presented a financial model that demonstrated that on average, hiring a C+ person instead of a B+ person costs a company somewhere between 50 and 100% of the person’s annual compensation. This becomes a huge waste of resources if you do this more than once. For example, if you’re hiring just one $60,000 C+ person instead of a B+ person, the net loss is $30,000-60,000 per year. If you’re hiring 1,000 peop...
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