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This quote is for anyone who is feeling hopeless or stressed because things are just not falling into place. Keep going, you are STRONG!
I recently read a FANTASTIC article that another member here on Jobcase shared - How I Hustled To Get the Perfect Job. It describes the story of a young woman named Ina who wanted to get into the tech industry, but had no way to do so. She proceeded to do everything possible to make herself a desirable candidate for any potential companies.
Ina researched and attended a 3-month long program designed to launch people into great start-ups. She read article after article about startups and life in that culture. She identified the needs of the companies she was interested in, and developed personal projects aimed at showcasing her potential value as an employee.
The moral of the story? Demonstrate to your potential (and ideal) employer that you are worth hiring! Every case is different, and you don’t need to devote your entire life to it, but ask yourself this... How are YOU standing out from every other schmuck that wants a job there? Plain and simple, companies always look for employees that first will get the job done and second go beyond that. They will immediately become interested in you if you can show that you are able to do that. Additionally, taking the time to offer unique insights that they might not even know about will always work in your favor!
So let's think - what can YOU do to show your dream employer that they should hire you?
The last time you applied to a company did you also make sure to include a cover letter? A well-written cover letter gives you a chance to sell yourself to the employer in a conversational style manner and explain why you are the ideal candidate. Plus, by writing a cover letter you will make it clear that you truly want the job.
-1- Address the beginning of the letter to a name and include a "Mr." or "Ms" before it. Avoid the bland "Dear Hiring Manager" or "To Whom It May Concern." Make it personal! Do a little searching and find the name of the person you will be sending this to.
-2- In the first paragraph provide a brief idea of who you are and tell the employer how you have learned about the opportunity. The opening paragraph should answer the following questions:
-Who are you? -Where does your expertise lie? -How did you learn about the position? -Why do you want to apply?
-3- The second paragraph is about what you bring to the table and why they should they choose you. Tell them why he/she should be interested in you! Do this by highlighting a few valuable points from your resume that match the job description. Ask yourself, what is it about your previous job experience skills and abilities that will meet the company's needs and make you a good fit? Make it unique to that company so do your research!
-4- Wrap it up with a call to action. What would you like to happen next? For example, you could say, "I have attached my resume for your consideration. I look forward to an opportunity to meet with you in person and discuss how my skills could contribute to the company's success."
-5- Close with a simple thank you at the end and then add your name.
-6- Be sure your contact information is on the cover letter as well. This should be at the top right of the page and include your name, email, and phone number. Essentially it is the same contact info that is on your resume!
Avoid sending the same cover letter to every company. They will know and your application won't be taken seriously. Always put your best foot forward.
If YOU are worth their time then make them worth yours!
Questions? Comment for some help! : )
As we struggle and get battered by the machine that is the job search process a quote from Ali that I love comes to mind. When Ali first stepped into a gym to learn to box the trainers said he was too small to ever really compete or achieve anything in the ring. I have a feeling it was that moment that inspired him to come up with this quote.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
― Muhammad Ali
So, as you get tired, discourage, frustrated and overwhelmed by the grind of the job search and you begin to feel that achieving your goals is impossible.
Keep in mind that impossible is nothing and that you do have the power to change things if you refuse to give up.
I know sometimes you want to give us because I know I do all the time. But every single time I look at my hard I get upset with myself. Even though I have a job this job isnt for me. SO guess what????? I grind almsot every single day. I knwo for sure I have so much to offer and this position I am in isnt letting me do that so I Grind. I have had 4 phone interviews and the hiring managers have all loved me. I had a panel interview last week. Now this week I have 2 face to face and a panel interview. I will succeed at getting a new position. I will and You will too. Keep your head up and never...I mean never give up!!!! Keep pushing yall. We got this. There are so many resources out there that there is not excuses.