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Posted December 10, 2014 by

How to write an amazing internship cover letter

 

A cover letter for an internship highlights the answers to 3 main questions:

1. What is your reason to pursue the internship program? The answer to this question will include details such as ‘what do you know about the program?’ and ‘how it is of interest to you?’

2. What is your reason to pursue the internship with a specific employer? You can write about ‘what you know about this employer?’ and why you have chosen an internship rather than a full-time program?

3. How will you best use this internship opportunity to excel in your career? You can answer with details about your short-term and long-term goals. (more…)

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Career Planning: 5 Pointers to Prepare You for the Tough Job Market

Human hand writing career planning on whiteboard

Human hand writing career planning on whiteboard. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The job market is more competitive than ever, so how can you prepare yourself better and increase your chances of getting a job after you leave a university? Here are a few ideas to consider.

1. Get the Best Grades You Can

A top grade could really make the difference when you apply for a job, especially in the most competitive markets. For the biggest graduate recruiters, a 2:1 is often the absolute minimum, but many are now looking at applicants with first-class degrees only because this is a simple way for them to filter out applications. (more…)

Posted September 09, 2014 by

Will You Find an Internship that Leads to a New Job Opportunity?

What are the chances that you find an internship that will turn into a new job?  The following post features an infographic that may tell you.

According to a study by NACE, internship to job conversion has risen to 51.2 percent. So, your internship is more likely to turn into a full-time job now, right? Well, maybe. This interactive infographic depicts data from a new LinkedIn study about the correlation between students who do internships and how often those internships turn into full-time jobs

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Posted August 29, 2014 by

College Graduates, Want a Direct Connection to Jobs? 10 Ways to Contact Hiring Managers

College graduates looking for jobs should think about contacting hiring managers directly using any of these 10 ways in the following post.

The best way to advance your job search is to talk to the people making the big decisions: the hiring manager. In fact, to greatly improve your job search results, the number of conversations with these decision makers is the ultimate metric you should be tracking. Not job leads found. Not new connections on social media. Not applications sent.

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Posted August 19, 2014 by

Applying for Entry Level Jobs and Want to Leave a Lasting Impression? Write a Letter

While most of us like communicating quickly in one form or another, sometimes taking our time to create a message can be more effective.  So, if you’re applying for entry level jobs and want to leave a lasting impression, consider writing a letter as suggested in the following post.

Effective communication is essential. Period. Whether it’s talking with coworkers in the break room, calling an out-of-state relative or even receiving a touching email from a forgotten friend, the need to convey emotion and information is fundamental to the way we interact. (Click here to tweet this quote.) Yet in our ever-connected world, brusque emails, limited

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Posted April 11, 2014 by

Writing Cover Letters for Recent Graduate Jobs? 5 Tips to Put Forth Your Best Work

If you need some cover letter tips when applying for recent graduate jobs, the following post has five that will help you produce your best work.

Ask two people for career advice, and one set of advice will likely be far different from the other. Cover letters (are they a critical element of your job search, or are they just discarded?) are no exception. Despite all the differing opinions, people in both camps agree on one point: If a prospective employer

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Posted March 25, 2014 by

Want to Write Cover Letters for Recent College Graduate Jobs that Show Passion and Professionalism? Tips that Can Help

When writing cover letters for recent college graduate jobs, it is possible to show your passion, yet maintain a professional tone.  In the following post, learn some tips that can help you achieve this goal.

Featured: Featured You have a dream job or a dream internship – somewhere you’ve wanted to work forever OR somewhere you just stumbled upon but have convinced yourself is the PERFECT opportunity for you. How do you write a cover letter that expresses your passion for the opportunity but stays professional in tone? read more

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Posted January 27, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Using Your Cover Letter to Tell a Story? How to Approach Doing So

As an internship finder, it’s okay to tell a story in your cover letter, just be careful how to approach doing so.  Learn more in the following post.

Featured: Not Featured I had a student write to me and ask me about using a story or personal anecdote in a cover letter. Including something like this is a great way to show off your personality in a cover letter. However, you have to make sure that your story

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Posted January 14, 2014 by

HOW to beat bad luck in the job market

Young female student looking in newspaper for a job

Young female student looking in newspaper for a job. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Sometimes sending a job application can seem similar to the spinning of a roulette wheel – really, all you can do is hope that the ball lands on your number and that you’re not pot out of luck come the end of the night.

And, if a big fat rejection pops up in your inbox, you’ll find yourself wondering if the gamble is even worth making.

In reality, not everything in the job market is a gamble – there are a number of ways that you can strive from a bottom-rung player to a high roller who’s matching the house at their own game.

Here are just a few tips to make that job search less of a gamble and more of an even playing field. (more…)

Posted November 15, 2013 by

Writing Cover Letters for Entry Level Jobs in Finance: Part 1

How should job seekers approach writing cover letters for entry level jobs in finance? Learn how in part one of the following post.

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