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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »