Job hunting sucks. No one wakes up on any given day shouting, “YES, today I get to search for jobs and possibly never hear anything back.” If you do, well, that is a different story. If you are having a hard time landing a position, are not hearing back regarding your submissions, or are feeling like moving to the Dominican Republic to sell fruit on the beach is easier than landing a day job, this article is for you. Here are few tips to start having meaningful discussions and creating your tailored search. [click to continue…]
So, your dream job (or the job you found trolling internet job boards) requires the most dreaded thing….a cover letter!!! Cue the scary music, curse words, and loud sighs. Instead of slamming your laptop in anger, start doing your prep-work. Cover letters are not formalities that stand in the way of you obtaining your dream job.
The Nitty Gritty
I like to call the cover letter your interview before the interview. A cover letter allows an employer to get insight about your skill-set, check your attention to detail, learn about your personality, and advises a company that you did your homework and value the same principles it holds dear. Did you know that the majority of companies report that a personalized, targeted, and well researched cover letter is what seperates the candidates that meet the shredder and those who get called in for an interview? However, most employers report that the vast majority of cover letters they see are they are thrown together using little to no consideration, personalization or creativity. Therefore, making them as ineffective in the job hunt as blank sheets of paper.
“This is a major misstep when job searching,” say Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, co-authors of “Cover Letter Magic.” “You should take advantage of every opportunity there is to stand out from other candidates.”
What To Do?
So blah, blah, blah, make the cover letter personal, do your homework. But what are the steps? Because we want you to do well in your search, here are a few tips. [click to continue…]