Dear Job Coach:
I recently interviewed for a position I was really interested in. I mean I prepped, I immersed myself, and I researched the company inside and out. I just received my rejection letter. I am so bummed out and angry because I know I did a great job. I wasn’t sure I made a connection with the interviewer, however, and that may be the reason I wasn’t selected.
Can I ask the interviewer for feedback? I really want to know why I wasn’t selected for the position.
Bummed in Brooklyn
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Dear Job Coach: I’m considering leaving my current job. I am unfulfilled, there is little room for growth, and frankly my boss is driving me completely insane. I have sent out a few resumes and I am not getting any hits, call-backs, or any follow-up. I have heard about something called an informational interview. What is it and will this help me with my job search? I really need some help here. Irritated Irene
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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?
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Spring fever has you itching to clean a few things and start fresh. While you are cleaning out your closet, under the bed, your Facebook friends list, and possibly the dead weight in you phone address book, take a look at the old resume and freshen it up a bit. Don’t let your resume end up in the shredder instead of landing your next interview.
Why You Need To Be Up To Date
Your resume should be more than just the place where your old jobs go to die. The resume is meant to be a marketing and sales tool, highlighting your best experience, and advises an employer of your skill set. If your resume contains old positions, doesn’t highlight your current accomplishments, or is generally boring you are likely preventing yourself from being moved on to the next round of interviews.
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