Posts tagged "Cover Letters"
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
Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

If you haven’t heard about purple squirrels, don’t worry. They don’t exist. Squirrels are not purple. Except in the minds of many people writing and posting job descriptions. You’ve seen those job descriptions that ask for someone who has so many qualifications, it seems impossible that any one person could meet those criteria. And chances... ...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
11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

11 Steps to Transition from One Career to Another

We move from one career to another by choice and because we have to.  Perhaps we’ve become bored with what we’re doing or we realize we never liked doing it in the first place – “I just fell into it” or “my parent did it, so I followed that example.”  Or maybe the work we’ve... ...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
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
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
How to Get a Job:  The ABC's of Job Search

How to Get a Job: The ABC’s of Job Search

When I was 16, my parents told me to get a job. I had not a clue about how to do that. There was no internet then so I couldn’t look up how to get a job. I suppose I could have asked the school Guidance Counselor but it didn’t occur to me to ask... ...Continue Reading
Make Your E-mail Job Application Easy for the Reviewer

Make Your E-mail Job Application Easy for the Reviewer

Give yourself an advantage in your job applications:  put your cover letter and resume in a single PDF file, so the reviewer simply has to open one file. In your email, say what you’ve done. As I review resumes, I realize how much easier it is to open just one file that has everything in... ...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