By Jen Glantz
The days of lengthy cover letters and bulleted resumes are fading as employers ask job applicants to present their case in a modern and challenging way -- by describing themselves and why they are a perfect fit for a job in 150 characters or less. Borrowing from the style of Twitter (which maxes... 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 »
By Alison Green
Not much makes job-seekers more anxious than negotiating-or even discussing-salary. After all, you might ask for too much, ask for too little, or otherwise sabotage your own chances of getting the best possible salary. Negotiation will go more smoothly if you know what landmines to avoid. Read More »
Cover letters are a hot topic these days. Some say they are worthless; others say they are priceless. A recent study by Zip Recruiter indicates that 50% of hiring managers require a cover letter, and that of those, two thirds of them reject an applicant because of something included in the cover letter. Read More »
Some job seekers have problems selling their skills. They list their basic duties, which most job seekers have in common. You can stand out in a job search by positioning those skills so they set you apart.
Think of how a salesperson sells a car. He doesn't tout the fact that the car has four wheels, windows... 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 »
By Kaitlin Madden
When applying for a job, there are few faster ways to get your résumé and cover letter thrown out of contention than by making a glaring grammatical error.
These days, human resources departments and hiring managers are flooded with résumés. They have to be... Read More »
By Kevin W. Grossman
Recently a dear friend of mine asked for some resume advice. She's in a career transition and wants to open herself up for a related, but a little bit of a stretch move. I'm no resume-writing expert (or more preferred, no online profile writing expert), but I do understand the... Read More »
By Debra Auerbach
The recession changed a lot of things. It changed the way people spend money, the way they save for retirement, the way they invest in stocks. It's also changed the way companies recruit employees. Gone are the days when companies courted prospective employees, hiring managers offered... Read More »
If you've been unemployed for months, like many Americans, and applied to dozens of jobs, you may be understandably frustrated. One applicant apparently had so much frustration that pure, unadulterated vitriol overflowed onto his cover letter to a Houston-based creative agency. Read More »
By Justin Thompson
It seems everyone has an opinion on what a resume should contain, how many pages it should be and how it should be formatted. So as we enter into a new year, what are the universally agreed-upon elements that are in, and which ones are now passe? Here are some of the best practices when... Read More »
A reader asks, "What are the differences between a cover letter to a recruiter and one to a hiring manager? Do you make the same points?" Good question, the simple answer is that while the overall structure and intent of the letter is the same: Read More »
By Gerrit Hall
Peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, Ben and Jerry... some things are just meant to be together.
Just like these great pairs, your cover letter and resume should be a match made in heaven. When written the right way, these two documents complement each other in a way that engages the... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »