| Moving Up the Ladder - Long, Unsuccessful Job Search: What to do Now?
by Miriam Salpeter and Tim Muma - Mar, 2013
For some individuals, successfully landing a new position becomes a frustrating, arduous task that drags on for many months or even over a year. When the process takes this long, it's clearly time to try to new things or look to master the tools you're already utilizing. Founder and Owner of Keppie Careers, Miriam Salpeter, discusses a number of ways that job seekers can improve their chances of getting a gig, even after they'...
| Minding Your P's and Q's - The 1-Page Job Proposal
by Joanna Riley Weidenmiller and Tim Muma - Jan, 2013
The concern described by many job seekers about resumes and cover letters are that they don't illustrate what the job seeker brings to an organization, and that once their documents are submitted for a job, they fall into a black hole where no one actually sees it. Joanna Riley Weidenmiller, CEO of the One-Page Company, describes to Tim Muma how and why job seekers should alter their plan of attack by utilizing a one-page job...
Are cover letters important? Cover letter mistakes
by Miriam Salpeter - Feb, 2013
Face facts: Some people will never read your cover letter. The rest of the people may trash your resume if it does not include a cover letter. Others will value the cover letter over all other application materials. Since you can’t know for sure which type of employer or recruiter will receive and review your materials, assume the cover letter is a crucial piece of your application package. Don’t make these 13 cover letter...
How to Write a High-ROI, Branded Cover Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
As a resume writer who frequently assists executives and senior-level professionals to create thoughtful cover letters, I enjoyed talking with Leslie Stevens-Huffman of Dice.com for her insightful article, 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter. As she notes, your job search can stall if your cover letter fails to show your value, or makes it obvious that you’re not taking the time to learn about the employer’s business. ...
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 ...
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