My goal is to narrow in closer to landing an opportunity to interview by being more proactive and setting up more contact expectations with management on my cover letter. Should I add a timeline on my cover letter when I will call the HR department to follow up on my resume after I apply?
I applied online to several reputable construction companies for a Project Manager position. Thinking back, I should have included a cover letter with each application and resume to stand out with corporate recruiters. Does anyone read cover letters anymore? All my experience and skills are on my resume but I still have time to go back and add a cover letter if that’s going to boost my chances to get an interview. What should I put on a cover letter that isn’t already on the application and resume? Suggestions??
Hello. I wrote a little while back. I just want to say thanks for all your input. Now I have another question. I have MANY years of medical experience on my resume, should I change my cover to state my switching careers? And also, how do I word it, which paragraph.? How can I emphasize the fact I have past administrative experience.l? Thank you all again for your help.
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You’ve worked hard on your resume. You’ve developed your brand and identified a company that needs your expertise. Just as important, a bespoke cover letter may be the difference between an interview and your CV becoming a paper airplane. This may present a challenge for those of us that actively replace words with an emoji or scrawl in 140-character short hand…FWIW.
Disclaimer- the following is meant as guide, not a guarantee. These are suggestions rather than directions. Each case will present its own unique set of variables, just try to keep these ideas in mind.
• Always open with a greeting to the Hiring Manager, such as “Dear Ms. Jeffries”. While it won’t work for Mr. Smith, Steve or Janice, Ms. Jeffries will be delighted that you have acknowledged her.
• Stick to a standard structure - a compliment or pleasantry, a call to action, a closing message and a signature that includes your name and phone number.
• Be straightforward - Keep in mind that the reader will not be able to see your facial expressions or gestures and may very well misinterpret you. So, save your trademark wit for face-to-face conversations—BTW I am currently smizing.
• Keep it short, honest and compelling. —you have 30 seconds to get your message across. If the message is boring, you may as well not write it.
• It’s about you – Apply to the readers’ emotional side. Make them understand you are a real person. Don’t whine, don’t complain. Lift. Try to make them smile.
• Close it with your name- “Best regards”, “Sincerely”, and “Thank you” are all professional. Avoid closings such as “Best wishes” or “Cheers”. • Ah, but before you hit the send button, review it! Read it aloud. Sounds silly but it should help you to identify bad grammar. You’ll also want to use that button labeled “spell check”- but don’t rely too much on that, for you see…
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Eye have a spelling checker, It came with my PC It highlights for my review Mistakes I cannot sea.
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You are worthy of respect. You are valuable. You just need to make others see what you know to be true. Plan, Study and Apply.
Do you need to write a cover letter for a job? By following these six easy steps, you'll find the path to a successful cover letter is a simple one. By taking it one step at a time, you can ensure that your cover letter will be drafted, written, and sent off without much stress - and with a good chance of success.
Here are six steps you can follow to write a winning cover letter.
Remember that when all is said and done, your cover letter should only be one page long. The points you choose should be the ones that are most significant to the position, but also the ones that provide specific examples and compelling anecdotes about your experience.
Aim for half of the company's requirements, but keep it under five or six total. Here's how to match your qualifications to a job listing.
Tip: When you copy and paste from the job listing into your word processor, proofread the listing for typos that might be in the listing. The person who gives your application a first read probably won't know - or care - that the mistake wasn't your fault.
For example, you can use Twitter's advanced search to find names, and if the company has a profile on LinkedIn, you can view its employees from there.
Don't just choose a random individual, but if you can, find someone in Human Resources - preferably a Director or Manager - or a higher-up within the department you're applying to.
This is a key way to kickstart your application and make sure it gets to where it needs to go.
Tip: If you're going on a major stalking spree on LinkedIn, adjust your privacy settings so that other people can't see you've viewed their profile. While connecting with a company on LinkedIn can be a good way to increase your visibility, you probably don't need them to see that you've clicked through their entire staff on LinkedIn.
Tip: If you know someone at the company who can refer for the job, mention them in the first paragraph of your cover letter.
Tip: If you can't find a person's name, here's how to address your cover letter.
When you make the table, you'll need to make it two columns. Then, take the number of requirements you're choosing and add one for the header. So, for this example, which has focused on five points, the table is two columns by six rows.
Tip: If you need something to jog your memory for the right side of the table, see if you can find a copy of the job description for your current or past position, which will give you a nice guideline on how to phrase your past responsibilities and your professional and personal attributes.
Tip: If you're having difficulty creating a table, you can include your qualifications in paragraph form.
It's a nice look to format the table with invisible borders, although it's not absolutely necessary. To achieve this in Microsoft Word, right click on the table, select Borders, and Shading, and then click "None" on the left-hand side of the small window that pops up.
Review examples to see what a finished cover letter looks like.
Top Tip: You should save your cover letter as a PDF file so that the document retains the proper formatting when it is opened and looked at.
Finally, be sure to proofread your cover letter so it's error free.
Tip: Reach out when you say you will demonstrate your punctuality and ability to follow through with promises. If you have submitted many different applications and have trouble keeping track of dates, stay organized with an Excel sheet or set reminders with your phone.
Review these tips for sending resumes and cover letters: https://bit.ly/2JPVOBZ
ohkaaaay. Some of you that are looking for work and not having any luck at it, perhaps you should check your documents before you send out your resumes and cover letters. Some of your spelling and grammar are atrocious. Hate to burst your bubble, but employers look for things like poor grammar, misspelled words, because if you're interviewing for a position that requires corresponding with the public or with clients, the way you present yourself is the way you are representing the company. And if you have mistakes on your application or resume, the employer will not want to hire someone who can't spell or has poor grammar. All of you who use a word processor know that there is such thing as spell check and language, correct? These are tools for you to use to make sure your document is free from mistakes. We all make them, no one is perfect, and we need to use those tools. So if you're wondering why the job hasn't called you, if you have a copy of your resume saved on your computer, go over it and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. It will mean the difference between being hired or not. And if you don't know how to address a business letter, look it up on google. I hope none of you are offended at what I am saying, I'm just trying to help. I made the mistakes I spoke about and didn't find out until after my applications were being turned down. When I checked my resume and cover letter I realized my mistakes and corrected them. Good luck to all of you, have patience and faith. You will find the job for you if you know how to accept constructive criticism and valuable tips from reliable sources. Don't let rejection get you down, just keep your head up and keep smiling. The jobs are out there. Go get them.
Tips To Getting A Job Interview
What are the best ways to get a job interview these days? We hear that the economy is getting better and may be lulled into a false sense of security that job searching may be easier than it had been for the past few years. Sure the economy is better, but the fact is that there are a lot of people applying for the jobs that are available.
That is why you must make sure that your resume is polished. It must grab the attention of the hiring manager and bring your resume to the top of the pile. Your resume needs to make the hiring manager want to bring you in for the interview. If they are excited by your resume, you've just increased your chances to land that all important job interview.
Step one is the resume, however, that is merely a step. It’s not the whole job search. Knowing that you are likely one of many applicants, how do you get “noticed”? There are a few steps that you can follow to greatly increase your odds of landing that interview.
1. Personalize Your Cover Letter
Avoid using "To Whom it May Concern" if possible for a more personalized cover letter with the name of a hiring manager, human resources director or recruiter of the employer you're applying to. This will show that you took the time to research the organization and will also impress the individual in charge of hiring. It can be a key way to fast-track your application. Browsing LinkedIn is a useful way of identifying employees in a company. You can also call the employer and ask who will be conducting the interview for the position that you are interested in applying for.
2. You Must Follow Up
All the other steps such as networking are irrelevant, if you are not following up. Be polite, charming and persistent without being pushy or obnoxious. Ask your contact how she/he prefers to be communicated with and possibly how often. Respect that they are busy and have their own priorities, but don't give up if you don't get an immediate response.
3. Develop A Striking Resume
Make sure that your resume stands out from the rest. There are great resumes and terrible resumes. A great resume clearly define what problems you will solve for the employer should they hire you. Also, make sure that you adjust the resume based on the position and the company that youre applying with.
4. Contact The Hiring Manager
Be assertive. If you know who the hiring manager is, call her/him and briefly state that you have applied for the position. Take the opportunity to alert them to this and let them know that if they took ten minutes to meet with you, they would find you a viable candidate. The worst thing that can happen is that you get turned down.
5. Be Specific
Develop a list of specific target companies that you can identify to those with whom you are networking. For example, if you say, “I want to work in engineering,” which really doesn't get the impact that, "I want to work for XYZ company in an engineering capacity, namely leading a team of hardware engineers,” would with the hiring manager. The later helps the hiring manager to a) understand what you are looking for and b) start thinking about who she/he may know at XYZ company.
6. Networking Is A Must
This cannot be strongly stated enough. The best way to place your resume at the top of the pile is to network. Your goal is to have someone hand the resume to the appropriate person and say, “I think we need to look at this person.”
7. Know Your Strengths
Knowing what you bring to the table and clearly articulating it sets you apart from the masses right away. Often, people are not clear on what they can do to specifically help a company. Hiring companies want to know what you can do for them… it helps if your cover letter and resume answer that question well.
8. Research Your Target Employers
Know those companies that appeal to you and appear to be a great fit. If you don’t know about the company or if you don’t really want to work there, it typically shows in a conversation. If you are excited about the potential of working for the company and you have clearly done your research that will make you extremely appealing and different from the rest.
9. Don’t Rely On Job Boards
Not that you cannot find a job utilizing a job board but statistics show that 90% of jobs are never posted (which is why #6 is what it is) and those that are posted are swamped with job seekers taking the traditional, ineffective route.
10. Develop Marketing Material
What can you leave with a new contact that sets you apart from the other people they have talked with? Professional business cards are a must but what about a biographic? This doesn’t replace a resume but is rather a marketing piece that visually tells the story of your job history.
11. Quality Always Trumps Quantity
The solution is straightforward: quality trumps quantity. After all, your time is money, so be discriminating about where you apply. Instead of applying for everything you find, focus your energy on writing personalized cover letters, targeted resumes, and sending them out to companies hiring for positions that you are qualified for. The closer a match, the better your chances of getting hired.
12. Utilize Social Media To Create Your Brand
Develop your brand as an industry expert using Jobcase, LinkedIn and, if you’re brave, Twitter. Post professional, relevant articles that are pertinent to the type of jobs in which you are interested.
While nothing can guarantee an interview, taking a proactive, professional approach will certainly increase your odds. Go the extra mile, it will payoff in your job search.
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