Cover Letter
Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

Are Cover Letters Really Dead?

“Cover letters are dead!” scream headlines from Forbes and Fast Company. Is that true? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Cover letters are essential parts of your application. They give you the opportunity to market yourself as THE person who can deliver the results the employer wants. Your cover letter gives you a chance to show the recruiter and... ...Continue Reading
The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

The 8 Word Rule for Cover Letters

When writing a cover letter, be aware that it will serve as a writing sample. You can ensure that you are demonstrating good writing by using a very simple tool:  The 8 Word Rule. All sorts of writers (including me) put a whole lot of introductory clauses in front of the main subject and verb.... ...Continue Reading
The Most Underused Job Search Tool:  Appreciation

The Most Underused Job Search Tool: Appreciation

Recently, I led a workshop for women (and 1 man) who are looking for their “right fit” job. The discussion yielded solid consensus on one thing: there is not very much acknowledgement and appreciation in the workplace today. Around the room, I heard people feel under-appreciated – for their efforts, results, talent, and contributions. Some... ...Continue Reading
3 Reasons to Always Include a Cover Letter When You Apply for Jobs

3 Reasons to Always Include a Cover Letter When You Apply for Jobs

1. A cover letter is your only opportunity to make the match between the job description and your resume. The employer is very familiar with the job requirements.  The hiring manager doesn’t know you at all.  Simply reading your resume may give him or her an idea of what you can do that is relevant... ...Continue Reading
Don't Do the Employer's Job for Them

Don’t Do the Employer’s Job for Them

“I don’t think they want someone so old.”   “I’m sure they’re looking for someone with more digital experience.” “I don’t have any major donor experience, which I’m sure they want.” “I don’t have a PMP yet so I bet they won’t consider me a serious candidate.” I could list many more reasons people have... ...Continue Reading
7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

7 Tips for How to Decode a Job Description

Job descriptions contain all sorts of information about a job, beyond describing the position’s responsibilities.  Knowing how to find the “hidden” aspects of a job can mean the difference between a successful application and no response.  Here are some things to look for: 1.  The impact of the position. While most job descriptions contain a list... ...Continue Reading
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...Continue Reading
3 Keys to Writing a Great Cover Letter

3 Keys to Writing a Great Cover Letter

During two recent searches, I paid attention to which cover letters drew me in, made me want to read them.  I noticed that the more personal a cover letter, the more likely I was to read it.  And it did the job of a cover letter really well. What is the job of a cover... ...Continue Reading
Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

Enthusiasm Counts: Lessons from the Recruiting Front

I completed one recruiting engagement and am hopefully near the end of a second one.  The people I put forward were the ones with visible enthusiasm for: the mission of the non-profit the position itself the idea of working for the organization how the organization and its mission related to their own life purpose or... ...Continue Reading
Why You Must Include a Cover Letter When Applying for a Job

Why You Must Include a Cover Letter When Applying for a Job

Finding a job means finding your “right fit” – where you are the solution to the employer’s problem.  You are conducting a marketing campaign – marketing your abilities, skills and track record toward the positions where you can make the most impact.  So it makes sense to use marketing techniques. A cover letter is your... ...Continue Reading
Why Typos Matter on Resumes and Cover Letters

Why Typos Matter on Resumes and Cover Letters

Like it or not – typos on your resume and/or cover letter will almost certainly get you eliminated from the candidate pool. I know there is at least one person out there who will say “that is the stupidest thing ever – the employer could be missing out on the best person possible.” The thing... ...Continue Reading
11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

This is the short list of practical approaches to finding the job you want, the one that fits you. And yes, even in this economy, these approaches work. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. There are so many common-sense things you can do. Get started with these and read more of my blog to find details on... ...Continue Reading