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Cover letters, some believe that they are important by providing information that may not be effectively expressed through a resume while others see them as a waste of time with little or no benefit. This article is not to showcase the arguments of both sides when in all honesty it is up to each hiring manager. A cover letter should entice the hiring manager to look further into your application. It’s a way to persuade and engage. General rule of thumb: if one is required or asked for, provide one.
The question posed here “how do you write an effective cover letter?”
- Captivate with the first sentence.
Make sure your opening is geared toward the employer and position you are applying for.
Example” Your need for a PR Associate with publishing experience is an excellent match to my …..
- Make a personal connection.
You can communicate more personally than you would on your resume. Use this space to tell a personal story portraying why you are the best candidate.
- Follow the “Don’t Overuse ‘I’ Rule”.
You may have heard this of this rule without understanding the reason behind it or this may be new to you. One of the biggest reasons for this is to avoid coming across as a “know it all” and self-centered.
- Showcase your accomplishments.
One reason for a cover letter is for the company to learn how you will benefit their business. You want to let the employer know what attributes you can bring to the company. Overusing “I” on a cover letter can actually lead to the opposite effect.
- There is no “I” in “TEAM”
Hiring managers want to know you are a team player. Don’t allow the cover letter to only showcase your accomplishments. This can easily come off the wrong way. Be sure to touch base on projects you’ve collaborated on or spearheaded.
For more tips on how to write an effective cover letter, click here.
Use your cover letter as a method of influence and persuasion. It must be unique, inviting, compelling in order to lead the hiring manger to review your resume and call you in for that interview.
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It’s that time of year again, the holidays are here. So many people believe they may as well stop looking for a job throughout the holiday season because no one will be hiring. This is not entirely true. Yes, some companies may have no budget left for hiring, but others still have openings they need to fill by the end of the fiscal year.
If you are a job seeker you should take advantage of holiday parties to network and build relationships with contacts that may be able to help you find a job. There are many do’s (Go, Go, Go’s) and don’ts (No, No, No’s) to holiday job searching and networking.
The Go Go Go’s
- Schedule a wide variety of networking opportunities.
Holiday parties aren’t your only source for networking (although they may be the most fun). Look for open houses, join a friend for a company event or host a dinner party where guests can bring friends. You know never who you’re going to meet! As they say “tis the season to be jolly!” People are generally in great moods this time of year. Capitalize on this point, just don’t overbook yourself.
- Build a holiday contact list.
Make a list of the contacts that will be at each party you are attending (if possible). This way you have a game plan going into each event.
- Send holiday cards as a follow up.
You are sure to stand out by sending a holiday card to your newly-made contacts. Handwrite a short note telling them how nice it was to meet them and include your business card if you didn’t already provide them with one. Don’t forget to include a personal mention from your conversation, too.
- Focus on volunteer projects in your industry.
As mentioned above, holiday parties aren’t the only way to network during this season. Look into local volunteer organizations, such as City Harvest or New York Cares.
- Use the period between Christmas and New Year’s to reconnect with previous interviewers.
This is a great time to let your past interviewers know that you’re still available and interested in their company.
The No No No’s
- Don’t slack off on the job hunt right now.
By continuing your job search over the holidays you might actually increase your chances of being viewed by a hiring manager since most seekers go on break until the new year.
This is a great time to make contact and build a relationship with hiring managers.
- Don’t pitch yourself at parties.
Focus on making friends and have fun! Make connections by relaxing and showing interest in others. Don’t come right out about your job search. If the opportunity presents itself, exchange contact information and invite this person to coffee or lunch. Maintain the relationship, and at the right time, you can ask about a job.
- Don’t drink too much.
This seems obvious, but it’s worth stating. You want to have fun, but keep the amount of drinks to a minimum so you do anything to tarnish yourself.
- Don’t forget your business cards.
Another point that may be obvious, but so easily we can forget to put some in our wallet or purse. Double check for your business cards before heading out to an event.
- Don’t expect a quick response.
Don’t assume someone is busy or available. The holidays are an unpredictable time of year. The best you can do is connect with the person and follow up a few days later. You don’t want to present yourself as too pushy or desperate.
Remember, remain steadfast and be persistent during the holiday season and your gift just may be the job you’ve been aiming for.
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Rejection. It is never easy to handle, but everyone has inevitably dealt with it at one time or another. There are many forms of rejection in the work environment. Perhaps you didn’t get the new job you wanted or the promotion you worked so hard to gain. You may have lost a sale to a competitor or not given credit on a project you worked so hard on. Regardless of the form of rejection, it is painful. Rejection can also be a time for learning though. You can look back and try to find the root of the rejection and work from there.
Have a cry about it. Let it all out if you have to or go to the gym to work it off. Whatever you generally do to let off steam, handle that first. Once you have a clearer mind, look back on the events leading up to the rejection. Ask yourself if you did you best. If the answer is yes, that’s all you can ask for from yourself. If you’re not sure of the answer then deep down there is a reason for this uncertainty and rejection.
Here are some other tips for dealing with rejection:
- Don’t take it personally.
- Don’t bring up the past.
- Focus on your strengths.
- Accept reality.
- Keep it in perspective.
Reject isn’t personal (for the most part), but don’t automatically make the assumption that it is a personal attack on you. Taking rejection personally makes being rejected much more difficult to overcome. Take that step back from the feelings of personal rejection and consider the circumstances as objectively as you can.
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A common dilemma most job seekers come across is what job boards to focus on during their search. There are so many general job boards on the web that it can become overwhelming. Well, have you ever considered searching on niche job boards? Searching for a job on a specialized site can transform your search by providing you with jobs you are actually interested in within the industry you’re interested in.
Niche job boards have the ability to increase your chances of getting hired and connecting with key players within your industry of interest. This is a result of having smaller applicant pools. Think of it this way – the large job boards receive that much more volume of resumes and aren’t geared towards applicants with specialized interests. Going off of this benefit, niche job boards generally offer direct contact information for hiring managers, thus allowing a higher probability of actually getting an employer response.
Not sure where to find niche job boards? First, you need to know that not all niche job boards are the same. According to Career Rocketeer, the best niche job sites go out of their way to simplify the search for job seekers and hiring managers. They should be user-friendly and engaging.
Keeping this tip in mind, a good start is to ask people in your industry where they look (and find) jobs. If you’re still in school ask your peers or professors for advice. If you’ve been in the workforce for a few months or years ask your co-workers. You can also search online for niche sites. If you go this route be sure to thoroughly research the job boards you find. You should also look for job boards run by professional associations for your industry.
Don’t stop at niche job boards. Embrace social forums. Research the keywords that float around online in your industry and look for online discussions. Checking out Twitter chats and LinkedIn groups are excellent examples of where to start group industry threads. Being a regular group contributor will place you on a hiring manager’s radars, more so than the less active competition.
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It is not uncommon nowadays for companies to do phone interviews before asking candidates to come in for an onsite interview. For them, it’s a time efficient way to screen for the most qualified candidates. You might think it’s not a formal interview, but don’t’ be fooled. If you can’t get through a phone interview, odds are you will not be called back for an in-person interview.
A hiring manager can gauge a person based on how they present themselves on the phone. You should be confident and professional, but still show your personality. Think of it this way: what if the position you are interviewing for requires lots of conference calls? This is a way of testing those skills.
Most people feel uncomfortable during a phone interview. Where do do? How do you prepare? Do you sit still? Where do you focus?
- You should always treat the phone interview the same way you would an in-person job interview.
- Research the company and be prepared for the basic interview questions.
- Make sure you are in an area that has good reception and quiet. This part is very important. Background noises are distracting and show you aren’t prepared and might not care of the interview or position. If you are at a coffee shop, choose a quiet one that doesn’t play overhead music.
- Eliminate any and all potential distractions. This is along the same lines of finding a quiet room. If you are home and have a dog, make sure you’re in separate rooms.
- Also, turn off the TV or other devices.
- Don’t get too comfortable in the room. You don’t necessarily have to dress up (unless this works for mental preparation), but don’t get too relaxed and sleepy.
- If possible, schedule the interview for a time of day when you’re most alert.
- Follow up 24-48 hours after the interview.
It’s not all nerve racking. There are benefits to having a phone interview. You can have all your materials right in front of you and you can save time by not having to travel elsewhere. For your best chance at nailing the phone interview prepare in advance.
For a list of more tips, click here.
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