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10 Cover Letter Mistakes That May Cost You The Interview (But Earn You Some Laughs)

10 Cover Letter Mistakes That May Cost You The Interview (But Earn You Some Laughs)

Getty Images/PhotoAlto By Sindhu Sundar It's never too early to make a bad impression. A cover letter or introductory email is often the first thing a potential employer sees when reviewing a job applicant. It's the first opportunity to impress recruiters and hiring managers and, therefore, the first... Read More »

The Ultimate Guide to Cover Letters

The Ultimate Guide to Cover Letters

Many job seekers don't pay much attention to the cover letter. While it's true that close to half of hiring managers routinely report they don't read cover letters, there is another half that frequently do. And since you don't know which half you are sending your resume to, it's important to have a powerful... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Cover Letters for Career Changers

Ask an Expert: Cover Letters for Career Changers

An AOL reader asks, "How do you write a cover letter for a job you have no experience in? It can be difficult to write a cover letter for a position when you don't have any previous experience in that field." Employers tend to favor candidates with linear careers and those who have proved themselves in... Read More »

Social Media, Resume and More: Terms Never To Use

Social Media, Resume and More: Terms Never To Use

It might be your Linkedin profile or the "About Me" page on your blog. It could be your resume, or perhaps it's your cover letter. Wherever you're presenting yourself for a job or developing new business, there are certain terms you should never use, reports Julie Steinberg on Fins Finance. Read More »

Cover Letter Checklist: 7 Steps to Better Cover Letters

Cover Letter Checklist: 7 Steps to Better Cover Letters

The cover letter should be part of your presentation to a hiring manager whenever you apply for a job. Through cover letters you can "speak" directly to the hiring manager and create a more tailored presentation of your background to better prove why you are well-suited for their open position. Generally cover... Read More »

Seven Cover Letter Don'ts

Seven Cover Letter Don'ts

While the resume is a critical marketing tool for the job seeker, for some hiring managers the cover letter can be an equal or even more important tool for assessing a candidate's competencies. The cover letter gives the job seeker an opportunity to connect with the reader and even show a bit more of their... Read More »

How to Write a Cover Letter for Maximum Impact

How to Write a Cover Letter for Maximum Impact

Today a client asked me to explain the differences between the resume and the cover letter. Many people assume that the cover letter is just a formality and simply something hiring managers and recruiters have come to expect. But the cover letter can serve a much higher purpose. Job search is about building... Read More »

Six Tips for a Blowout Cover Letter

Six Tips for a Blowout Cover Letter

A résumé gets you noticed, but a cover letter can make or break your chances of walking in the door for the first interview. Writing a cover letter that will land you that job interview doesn't have to be difficult. Instead of digging through cover letter templates online and trying to fit your... Read More »

Seven Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and Get Your Application Noticed

Seven Ways to Improve Your Cover Letter and Get Your Application Noticed

Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Don't underestimate the power of a cover letter. When well-written, attractively designed and customized for the recipient, a cover letter is a powerful tool that can practically scream, "Interview this candidate immediately!" But when they are thrown together using little to... Read More »

Six Most Common Cover Letter Questions -- Answered!

Six Most Common Cover Letter Questions -- Answered!

Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing Time and time again, studies indicate that cover letters are read in less than 60 seconds. That's all the time it takes for most recruiters and employers to decide whether or not you're a candidate worth interviewing. To progress beyond this point, you have to be savvy about... Read More »

What Potential Employers REALLY Want to Know

What Potential Employers REALLY Want to Know

I'd just finished talking about the recently released unemployment numbers on Fox Business News, when the makeup artist who made me look far better than I have a right to ran up to me and said, "I need to follow your advice! I should brand myself by starting my own blog and getting business cards. I want to tell... Read More »

Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

Job Seekers: What Can you Accomplish in Just 18 Minutes a Day?

Not much. But the Department of Labor reports that the average number of minutes unemployed Americans are spending looking for a job each day is 18 minutes. What can those 18 minutes possibly translate into? Checking one job board, making one phone call, connecting to a few friends and colleagues online, or... Read More »

Do Mistakes on Résumés and Cover Letters Matter?

Do Mistakes on Résumés and Cover Letters Matter?

CareerBuilder Did you think I would say anything but "YES"? Of course mistakes on résumés and cover letters matter - isn't that what we've been telling you, and what you've heard for the past - forever? If an employer is only looking over your résumé for about 30 seconds, you... Read More »

Eight Ways to Maximize Your Cover Letter's Power

Eight Ways to Maximize Your Cover Letter's Power

Like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, résumés and cover letters go hand-in-hand. Although both pieces are valuable on their own, they pack the most punch when served together. But while all job seekers know the importance of a well-organized résumé, many don't understand... Read More »

Cover Letters -- Dos and Don'ts

Cover Letters -- Dos and Don'ts

By Robin Ryan, career expert and author of 'Winning Cover Letter' The biggest mistake many job hunters make is skipping writing a cover letter when sending off a resume, says Jim, an AT&T human resource manager. He shares his insight, saying, "Cover letters are very influential, and a well written letter... Read More »

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