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No Job Bites? Try The Emotional Cover Letter

No Job Bites? Try The Emotional Cover Letter

Create a warm and fuzzy connection by telling your story

If your sterile cover letters aren't working, try an emotional one. Read More »

The Weekly Roundup: Writing a Cover Letter That Gets Results

The Weekly Roundup: Writing a Cover Letter That Gets Results

Perfecting this critical piece of your job search strategy

Write the perfect cover letter. How to craft a great introduction and get closer to landing the job with expert advice and tips from around the web Read More »

Job Listings Decoded: Tire Maintenance Technician

Job Listings Decoded: Tire Maintenance Technician

What the ads say are not always what they mean

A job listing for a tire maintenance technician is decoded so you can put your best face forward when applying for this position. Read More »

Why 'Selling Yourself' To An Employer Is A Misguided Notion

Why 'Selling Yourself' To An Employer Is A Misguided Notion

The concept of "selling yourself" to get a job may be unethical. Read More »

How To Land The Most Coveted, Competitive Sales Job

How To Land The Most Coveted, Competitive Sales Job

Sales is more competitive than ever. With the right mindset, you can get what you want. Read More »

More Employers Demand Twitter-Like Brevity On Applications

More Employers Demand Twitter-Like Brevity On Applications

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 »

Resume Tips For Career Changers

Resume Tips For Career Changers

Six things career changers should do to make sure their resumes are top notch. 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 »

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 »

Salary Negotiations: 10 Tips To A Better Offer

Salary Negotiations: 10 Tips To A Better Offer

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 »

3 Cover Letter Myths You Shouldn't Believe

3 Cover Letter Myths You Shouldn't Believe

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 »

Real Resume Help: What Every Resume Needs -- But Usually Lacks

Real Resume Help: What Every Resume Needs -- But Usually Lacks

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 »

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 »

Grammar Lessons All Job Seekers Should Know

Grammar Lessons All Job Seekers Should Know

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 »

From General Best Practice To Career Business Case

From General Best Practice To Career Business Case

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 »

6 Ways The Job Search Has Changed Post-Recession

6 Ways The Job Search Has Changed Post-Recession

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 »

Job Seeker's Expletive-Filled Cover Letter Gets Wrong Kind of Response

Job Seeker's Expletive-Filled Cover Letter Gets Wrong Kind of Response

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 »

Resumes In 2012: What's Old, What's New?

Resumes In 2012: What's Old, What's New?

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 »

The Differences Between Cover Letters To Hiring Managers And Headhunters

The Differences Between Cover Letters To Hiring Managers And Headhunters

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 »

4 Nifty Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Amazing

4 Nifty Ways to Make Your Cover Letter Amazing

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 »

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