September 10, 2013 by William Frierson
You’ve probably heard the catchy phrase, “less is more.” Less meat, more heart health. Less stress, more peace of mind. Less work, more play.
But you may not have heard that less is more in a job search cover letter. In fact, just the opposite might make sense. Wouldn’t the job hunter want to tell the hiring manager as much as possible so there won’t be any room for doubt that he or she is the right person for the job? It would seem that the more information the employer has the easier it would be to determine the best man or woman for the job. Continue Reading
June 12, 2013 by William Frierson
There are movies and then there are movies. You know the kind––the blah, blah stories that are okay but you forget them as soon as you leave the theater or turn off the TV.
And then there are the films that you still remember ten years later—the real showstoppers that tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.
Job search cover letters fall into the same two categories—the blah, blah kind and the ones that linger in the mind of the hiring managers and make them move your letter to the top of the stack. Your words bring a smile and a pleasant feeling. Continue Reading
April 30, 2013 by William Frierson
Whether you are applying to jobs for communication majors or other career opportunities, make sure to include a cover letter that makes a good impression on a recruiter or potential employer. Remember to use the tips in the following post.
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 great way
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April 22, 2013 by William Frierson
Are you looking for some advice on how to get the most out of your cover letter to find an entry level job? The following post has some questions and answers about cover letters for this group of job seekers.
Yesterday’s #ResuChat focused on optimizing your cover letter for entry-level jobs. Here’s a recap of our discussion.
January 14, 2013 by William Frierson
Here it is—2013––the new year we’ve been waiting for over the past couple of months. It’s the perfect time to put your goals in order with a sizzlin’ new cover letter at the top of your list.
Employers are setting their goals as well. They’re in the market for qualified job-hunters, people who are ready and willing to fill responsible and good-paying positions in their companies. You can be one of those individuals. Introduce yourself with a well-written cover letter that catches their eye and compels them to select you for an interview. Continue Reading
December 20, 2012 by William Frierson
A great resume and fantastic cover letter will get you an interview. What happens from there has a lot to do with you, and if you nail the interview, then you need to be sure that the final factor in the job search process – your references – are prepared to help you seal the deal.
by William Frierson
The question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is considered to not only be one of the most hated and laziest questions asked during an interview, but also the most common. Because you are certain to be asked this question at least once during your job search process, it’s a good idea to have an answer ready. Because it generally comes towards the end of the questions posed to candidates, it’s a good idea to anticipate it being asked and to be proactive about getting the information you need to answer it.
December 11, 2012 by William Frierson
Even in a tight job market, hiring managers are having a tough time finding the right candidates.
According to the Career Advisory Board’s 2012 Job Preparedness Indicator, only 17% of the 516 hiring managers polled said job seekers possess the skills the companies are actually looking for.
December 07, 2012 by William Frierson
In order to advance in your career or show improvements on your resume, you need to make sure that you are constantly trying to better yourself and your skills. Employers want to see that you will make their company a more profitable place. Whether by awarding you with a promotion or giving you the job in the first place, you need to show employers the value you offer by doing something to enhance your career on a daily basis. You will be surprised how simple it can be to improve and develop skills, which may in turn lead them to give you the job or the promotion.
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As you practice questions for your next interview, consider that an employer may ask you why you want to leave your last or current position. The following post has advice on how to answer this question.
A common question asked during an interview is “Why Did You Leave Your Last Position?” A friend of mine who worked in Iran during the 1979 revolution offers an easy answer: his resume always says “civil unrest.” While that is a concrete and completely honest answer, most of us don’t usually have such a perfect answer when asked that question during an interview. Futhermore, the answer can be even more difficult if you are still in your current position and interviewing for a new position at another company.