| Job Search Guide - Changing Your Perspective on the Search
by Warren White and Tim Muma - Apr, 2014
Finding that next great position can be an arduous challenge, so when the hunt yields no result it may be time to change your whole perspective on how you search for jobs. Warren White, a dual-certified human resources professional and career strategist, gives Tim Muma a handful of different stratgies and ways of thinking about one's job search, whether it's keeping things simple or focusing on something else. Job Search Gu...
| Job Search Guide - Why You’re a Boring Candidate
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky and Tim Muma - Apr, 2014
If you're struggling to even get a job interview, it's probably time to look in the mirror. Clearly, employers aren't getting excited about what you bring to the table and may find you "boring." Mary Sherwood Sevinsky, a Career and Occupational Consultant, joins Tim Muma to discuss the items hiring professionals find less than interesting. Mary also gives the listeners alternative strategies to spice up your appeal and draw th...
| Job Search Guide - From Fluff to Facts on the Resume
by Don Goodman and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
The resume remains a tool for landing an interview for a potential position, but it's important to utilize it properly and choose your words wisely. Tim Muma speaks with Don Goodman, About Jobs president and certified resume writer, who offers his experienced perspective to help job seekers find ways to get away from "fluffy" language and create truly marketable verbiage. Job Search Guide covers all facets of the process fr...
| Job Search Guide - Rise Above the Fake It to Make It Culture
by Jessica Simko and Tim Muma - Dec, 2013
Countless individuals are disengaged at work and looking elsewhere, often jumping ship or getting let go after just a couple of years. While some believe it's a matter of the work or culture in the workplace, Jessica Simko says the problem starts with the "fake it to make it" culture driving the job search and hiring process. Jessica draws off her experience as a corporate human resources professional to explain how people "ar...
Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes
by Debra Wheatman - Jul, 2014
Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes? Read our list and review your cover letter. Borrow my tips and vow never to make these major cover letter mistakes again! Rather than Generalize, Personalize Inste...
Gimmicky Cover Letters: Great Idea or Gruesome Miscalculation?
by Adrienne Erin - Jul, 2014
Today’s job market is brutal. As of 2013, there were three unemployed applicants vying for every job opening. Add in the applicants who are actually still employed and that number rises even more, making the hiring process extremely cutthroat. Because of this wicked environment, job seekers are going to great lengths just to simply get noticed. But are these gimmicks worth the risk? Will they just come across as desperate t...
How to Write a Cover Letter that Works
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? If so, you’re making a common mistake. The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Just like those letters, your cover note must be compelling, easy to read, and must convey clearly why you are a perfect fit. (hopefully it goes without sayin...
3 Secrets to Interview-Winning Cover Letters
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
Can a cover letter really win you an interview? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the resume? A resume isn’t the sole determining factor in whether you get the interview. A cover letter absolutely can play a deciding role in securing an interview, and I’m going to share with you three secrets that we utilize in the cover letters we write for our clients that generate immediate interview interest. We give them three reas...
1 Cover Letter Secret That Will Guarantee You Interviews
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Is there a cover letter secret that can guarantee you will get interviews whenever you use it? I know of one magical key you can incorporate into your cover letter that can increase your chances of getting interviews by 50%. Would you like me to share it? Of course you would! So here you go: ASKING FOR THE INTERVIEW Seems like asking for the interview would be common sense, but how many job seekers actually ask for th...
Top Cover Letter Trends for 2014
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
As 2014 approaches I’ve been putting together a series of articles on the top tips and trends for resumes, cover letters, job searches, and LinkedIn profiles. In this piece I’m shedding light on what I see as the top cover letter trends going into 2014. Evolution of the E-Note The Internet and social media are rapidly changing the shape of how we job search. It can be daunting at times to keep up with the ever-changing...
3 Tips for a Standout Personal Brand Message in Your Cover Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
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....
Do You Really Need a Cover Letter for Executive Jobs?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
Invariably, when job seekers try to figure out what’s going to help them stand out to an employer, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion. Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting? Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search? Here are...
Cover Letters That Get Noticed
by Lorrie Boyer - Nov, 2013
The Cover Letter is the first chance you get to make a lasting impression on the potential employer. In many cases, it is what makes the employer or Human Resources person want to read your resume. The cover letter should showcase your personality, professionalism and of course your skills relevant to the position you are seeking. In addition, you should make sure that the tone and how you write the cover letter to a perso...
4 Key Cover Letter Strategies to Get you Noticed
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2013
The cover letter remains a critical component of a successful job search despite what you may hear anecdotally. It may be true, however, that a great cover letter will not win you an interview or be the defining factor in getting you the job you want, but it is certainly true that a terribly written or bland cover may earn you an instant rejection from a recruiter or HR representative. Achieving success in your job search is a...
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