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A Very Short Course On How To Respond To A Job Ad

A Very Short Course On How To Respond To A Job Ad

Point-by-point guidance to landing an interview

A simple but effective approach to answering job ads. Sample cover letter included. Read More »

What Makes A Great Cover Letter

What Makes A Great Cover Letter

In a job market that's more competitive than ever, it's critical that your cover letter stand out. With the advent of online job postings, you're competing with a more global and wide-ranging group of people, so consider the content of your cover letter carefully. And never submit a resume without one-that's a... Read More »

Do You Make These 4 Cover Letter Mistakes?

Do You Make These 4 Cover Letter Mistakes?

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Some people meticulously write their resume but then treat their cover letter as an afterthought, resulting in a mistake-riddled, dull and underperforming document. It's important to ensure that your job search tool kit is fully equipped with high-quality, well-honed marketing... Read More »

Cover Letter Mistakes That Will Kill Your Chances

Cover Letter Mistakes That Will Kill Your Chances

Face facts: Some people will never read your cover letter. The rest of the people may trash your resume if it does not include a cover letter. Others will value the cover letter over all other application materials. Since you can't know for sure which type of employer or recruiter will receive and review your... Read More »

Deloitte Exec: Why We Hire Only 3.5 Percent Of Applicants

Deloitte Exec: Why We Hire Only 3.5 Percent Of Applicants

About 85 million Americans work as white-collar professionals in the private sector, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Read More »

Cover Letter Tips For Veterans

Cover Letter Tips For Veterans

By Shane Christopher, Editor-in-Chief, G.I. Jobs Magazine Do you discard junk mail before fully reading it? There's a pretty simple and logical reason for this: Most marketing is bad marketing. Read More »

Is The Cover Letter Obsolete?

Is The Cover Letter Obsolete?

Are cover letters necessary anymore? There are some who claim that the Internet era has made them obsolete. And when you're applying to dozens of jobs online, it isn't worth the extra effort; all that employers look at are the resumes. Don't believe them. A resume alone will rarely get you the job-- no matter... Read More »

Employer Says She's Been Looking For A Year, Can't Find A Soul To Hire

Employer Says She's Been Looking For A Year, Can't Find A Soul To Hire

For the country's 12.8 million unemployed, it may seem like the jobs just aren't out there. The average jobless American is out of work, after all, for nine months. But a somewhat different lament is coming, increasingly, from the employer's end: They can't find good enough people to fill all their open... Read More »

5 Cover Letter Tricks

5 Cover Letter Tricks

By Debra Auerbach One of the most common pieces of job-seeker advice we give on this blog is to personalize application materials as much as possible. This includes the addressing of your cover letter. There may be cases where it's impossible to find a contact associated with the position, but that doesn't... Read More »

Do Cover Letters Help Get Interviews, Or Are They A Waste Of Time?

Do Cover Letters Help Get Interviews, Or Are They A Waste Of Time?

At the Secrets & Strategies career management group on LinkedIn this week, they were talking about some jobs guru who claimed cover letters are a waste of time and how you'll get more interviews if you stop using them. Another authority was cited as saying that hiring managers are peeved when they don't... Read More »

Can You Handle The Truth? Here's Why You Don't Have A Job

Can You Handle The Truth? Here's Why You Don't Have A Job

By Calli Tapler The job market is highly competitive these days. But even though that's the case, there are people getting jobs. If you have been looking for a job for numerous months and you still haven't found something, you may want to start looking at reasons other than the economy as to why you have not... Read More »

4 Reasons Resumes Are Rejected

4 Reasons Resumes Are Rejected

By Ryan Mack Recruiters spend countless hours reviewing resumes and screening candidates. In fact, they spend so much time scanning resumes that they can often do it in a minute or less. As disappointing as that may be, given all the hard work you put into your resume, it's the unfortunate reality. And... Read More »

5 Ways To Get Yourself Noticed In Today's Job Market

5 Ways To Get Yourself Noticed In Today's Job Market

By Mona Abdel-Halim Competition in the job market today is very stiff. With the unemployment level sitting at 9 percent, there are many people looking and applying for many of the same jobs you are. So, how can you be sure that you stand out? What can you do differently to help you land the interview? Here... Read More »

3 Tips To Get Your Cover Letter Noticed

3 Tips To Get Your Cover Letter Noticed

Next time you're preparing to fire off a resume and your standard cover letter, take 15 minutes to find out who's on the receiving end of your inquiry. Then find out about his or her career and background before you write your sales letter – or request for a 15-minute informational interview. This way,... Read More »

Do I Really Need a Cover Letter? New Thoughts On An Old Standard

Do I Really Need a Cover Letter? New Thoughts On An Old Standard

By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder Including a cover letter with your résumé is commonly considered a "golden rule" of job searching. But in this age of online applications and recruiters who need to scan material quickly, is this practice outdated? Consider the following: For... 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 »

Olympic Lessons: Maximize Your Performance Within the Rules

Olympic Lessons: Maximize Your Performance Within the Rules

Defending Olympic men's figure skating champion Russian Evgeni Plushenko was obviously bitter about losing the gold in Vancouver to American Evan Lysacek, despite completing a quad jump, which Lycecek did not even attempt. "If [the] Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump a quad, it isn't men's figure... 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 »

The Résumé Black Hole

The Résumé Black Hole

CareerBuilder.com Many job seekers today will tell you that the most frustrating part of the job search is after they hit "send" and their resumes are sent out into application oblivion -- never to be seen again. It's the common perception of the resume black hole -- a place where, instead of stars and planets,... Read More »

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