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Exposing Cover Letter Myths

Your cover letter is a first impression to potential employers. If you expect to be a successful job seeker, you'll want to know how to attract positive attention with your cover letter, while avoiding [more…]

Grabbing Attention with Your Cover Letter's Opening Line

Learn to write openings that fire up the reader and move the reader along without wasting tons of time. Interviewers are overloaded — whole days are a blur for them, and they have no spare minutes to decipher [more…]

Five Tips for Better Resume Writing

First the good news. You do not have to be William Shakespeare to compose a solid, well-organized, professional-looking resume. All you need are the ability to express your ideas in proper English and [more…]

Zooming In on Cover Letter Anatomy

In case you've forgotten or never learned the parts of a job letter, review these building blocks. [more…]

Sending a Thank-You Letter after a Job Interview

How much do post-interview thank-you letters really impact hiring decisions? When they're canned, flat, and boring, interviewers may see them as a snore. But when you're in a classy field of candidates [more…]

Understanding What Employers Want in a Cover Letter

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted the SHRM Survey on Cover Letters and Resumes.The survey was faxed to randomly selected members of the Employment Management Association [more…]

Avoiding the Cardinal Sins of Resume Writing

Take some time to ponder the following pitfalls of resume writing, and do your best to avoid them in your own resume. [more…]

Using Cover Letter Language that Snaps, Crackles, and Pops

Visualize your reader and write specifically for that reader. Speaking directly to your reader may seem obvious, but this tenet is one of the most overlooked aspects of effective writing. Writing to a [more…]

Building a Better Job Interview

With a job interview comes a great amount of hope. If you don't hear back after an interview, an inevitable let-down follows as you begin the job search again. Don't let that unhappy ending happen to you [more…]

Resume Send-Out Strategies

If you are not generating solid leads, despite networking, visiting career sites on the Internet, and reading the classifieds, and you're willing to take a more aggressive approach to your job search, [more…]

Illegal and Inappropriate Interview Questions

Every human resources specialist in America knows that interview questions about sex, religion, and race are against the rules. But other interviewers who don't deal with employment issues on a regular [more…]

Getting Paid What You're Worth: Salary Negotiations

Oh happy day. Your interviewer looks you straight in the eye and says, "We'd like you to join our team; I'm offering you a job, but before we go any further, we should talk about how you'd like to be paid [more…]

The Endgame Cover Letter: Wrapping It Up

You're well into your job search. Maybe your search has stalled out and you need to restart it. Or perhaps you've been offered a job. You still have letters to write. [more…]

Finding Job-Hunting Help with Recruiters and Agencies

When you're searching for a job, you might consider getting some help from recruiters (headhunters) or employment agencies. Headhunters and employment agencies aren't right for everyone's job search, and [more…]

Announcing Your Image via Letterhead and Envelopes

Letterhead and envelopes may be the first encounter someone has with your business, and first impressions are obviously important. But even if customers have done business with you for some time, the look [more…]

Confirming That Your Dream Career Won't Be a Nightmare

A career idea has captured your attention. You know something about this potential career from visiting Web sites, doing informational interviews, and reading about the work, but you still don't know whether [more…]

Job Search: How Useful Are the Want Ads?

Using the want ads as a job search tool, either from the paper or online, might not be a bad job search strategy, even though some career counselors rant that answering want ads is a weak approach to landing [more…]

Video Interviewing: The Wave of the Future

Video interviewing (a form of videoconferencing) is a live, two-way electronic communication that permits two or more people in different geographic locations to engage in face-to-face visual and audio [more…]

Relying on Want Ads in Your Job Search

How much should you use want ads in your job search? Some career guidebooks give everyone the same advice: Use want ads sparingly. But when it comes to finding a job, one-size-fits-all advice rarely does [more…]

How to Choose a Professional Resume Writer

Experts differ on whether you should hire a professional resume writer or write your own. It's wise to turn to a professional resume writer if you've never had a resume; if you have a checkerboard job [more…]

Why You Need to Follow Up on Your Resume

You've sent out your resumes, so now it's time to follow up on them. Using resume follow-up is an essential job search tool. Employers are having a hard time dealing with the zillions of resumes floating [more…]

How to Follow Up Your Resume: Phone or E-Mail?

When following up on a resume, phone calls can be more persuasive than e-mail messages. If you e-mail your resume follow-up, however, it can pave the way for your phone call. Either way, following up your [more…]

Powerful Opening Statements for Resume Follow-Ups

The follow-up phone call (after you send your resume) must begin with a powerful statement that hooks the listener. The best opening statement after your greeting is to immediately mention the name of [more…]

How to Handle Voicemail for a Resume Follow-Up

When you phone a potential employer to follow up on your resume, you may be diverted to the manager's voicemail. If leaving a voicemail message becomes your only option, you should make the message count [more…]

How to Get Past Phone Screeners

You'll invariably encounter phone screeners when placing follow-up calls for your resume. During your resume follow-up, you may need to push through these phone screeners [more…]

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