| Job Search Guide - How NOT to Describe Yourself
by Jeff Haden and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Whether it's on a website, social media accounts or even your cover letter and resume, a description of your skills and experience can determine your professional fate. Tim Muma speaks with Jeff Haden, owner of BlackBird Media, who draws off his experiences as a manager. Jeff also utilizes insight from business leaders to express the issues he has with many of the ways job seekers and others describe themselves. Job Search...
| Job Search Guide - From Fluff to Facts on the Resume
by Don Goodman and Tim Muma - Sep, 2013
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 - A Headhunter's Perspective
by Jim Giammatteo and Tim Muma - Sep, 2013
Despite all the information and advice that exists about landing a new job, the only thing that really matters is what attracts an employer, recruiter or headhunter. To help us figure out what truly draws the eye to a job candidate, Tim Muma talks with Jim Giammateo, an individual who has conducted countless searches and poured over endless resumes and cover letters in his 30 years as a headhunter. Jim gives the inside scoop o...
| Job Search Guide - Bold Strategies and Concepts
by Marty Nemko and Tim Muma - Aug, 2013
There are certain guidelines and practices that are supposed to be followed when trying to acquire a new job. Unfortunately, many times it may not allow a job seeker to stand out among the crowd. Thus, if you're still struggling to obtain a new position and are in desperation mode, you may have to be bolder. Tim Muma speaks with Marty Nemko, a well-respected and experienced career coach, author and consultant who has some tric...
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...
Captivating Cover Letters
by Lorrie Boyer - Sep, 2013
Whether you are a stay at home mom looking for home based work or a mom returning to work after the kids are old enough to be in school, or even current working mom prospecting for another position, it is important to understand the true value and importance of the cover letter. It can be used to bridge your skills and experience (as a mom/caretaker) to the position if you don’t have work history in a particular field or even...
Cover Letters – Purpose and Structure
by Ford R. Myers - Sep, 2013
Cover letters are not so much a part of your “Job Seeker’s Tool Kit” as they are part of the implementation of your overall “self marketing” strategy. That’s right – a cover letter is a sales presentation in disguise! With cover letters, you’re reaching out for a very tangible goal – a job interview. Cover letters are the most commonly used method to introduce your credentials to an employer. And they can serve as one of...
Is There Value in Using a Cover Letter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2013
Ever wonder if there’s really any point in using a cover letter? Job seekers ask me often if there is any value in using a cover letter, and I answer them with an emphatic YES!—IF you’re using a personable cover letter that you’ve customized for the employer. If you’re just sending out some generic letter that you send to every job opening—then no, it probably won’t amount to a hill of beans. The value in a cover letter is...
3 Easy Tips For Cover Letter Therapy
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2013
Ah… the dreaded resume cover letter! Nothing stirs fear in the hearts of job seekers more than the thought of writing a cover letter. It must be the pressure of being succinct, factual, and original. Before you reach a state of high anxiety, consider therapy – cover letter therapy. To write an excellent cover letter, you must really know yourself. Before you begin to draft your cover letter, you must dig deep. Read these tips...
7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2013
It’s time to dump the old line: “Please accept this application in response to…” If you’re still starting your cover letter with this overused one-liner, then I implore you to stop what you’re doing, delete the line, and spend a few minutes reading this article to discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line. Entice them with the job title and s...
Six Things You Must “Nail” in a Cover Letter
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2013
Cover letter! Those are possibly the two most dreaded words known to any job seeker. If you feel your cover letter is weak, take a look at the list below of six things that you must “nail” in a cover letter. If you master these categories, you will have an effective cover letter. Not only that, you may even enjoy writing cover letters. (Well, that may be extreme.) Salutation Take the time to get an appropriate contac...
Is Your Cover Letter Riddled With These 4 Mistakes?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Some people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It is important to ensure your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing messages that are blunder-free. The following four cover letter mistakes-and accompanying remedies-will help sharpen your cover letter saw. 1. Using a G...
How To Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out
by Lisa Adams - Mar, 2013
The goals of a cover letter are to 1) affirm the connection you have (hopefully) already made with the addressee and 2) to get you noticed. If that is the case, why do all the cover letters I see look the same? All short one paragraph, maybe with a few bullets about why this candidate is applying for the job. What do you think the reaction is from recruiters and hiring managers when they see this type of cover letter? I sa...
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