A. Figuring out what jobs I am qualified for
B. Writing a resume
C. Crafting a cover letter
D. The actual interview
E. Other (please explain)
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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??
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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.
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?
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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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.
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I learned something, that I thought I should pass on. I am sure this has happened to others as well. You apply for a position, have your resume in good order. Send in a great cover letter. And hear nothing, and you are totally puzzled because you were positive you were a great match.
A few things to be aware of: Sometimes even if the job position did not state it. They will quit accepting positions after they reach a certain number. And the truth is they do not send out notices of any type to say capacity reached. Or the opposite can happen, not enough people actually apply. They may have internally at the company stated they want to see at least 8 resumes. And if there are not enough qualified applicants based on the recruiter handling them. More often than not, they end up reposting the position. And I have found that well over 50% of the time they do not consider anyone who applied the first time.
I know this does not apply to all positions, at all places. But if you are really interested in a specific position and the application was through an agency. I suggest to follow up with them. Good Luck Everyone!