A Cover Letter is NOT Optional!

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Home Founder Resume Writing Career Coaching Marketing Yourself Selling Yourself Job Stress General Advice Interview Skills "The Relocated Spouse [link] — jobconnection A Cover Letter is NOT Optional! On June 14, 2010, In Resume Writing by Debra Wheatman , By CareersDoneWrite.com 0 What’s the value of writing a cover letter? A cover letter IS important. Your cover letter serves as your introduction.

How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

Past work experience is, of course, the most important part of your resume. It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity. But what if you’re applying for a position that requires skills you didn’t gain through your past professional experience, but rather, skills you gained outside of work?

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Resume Parsing 101: Top Benefits Of Using A Resume Parser

Recruit CRM

Understanding resume parsing is not that difficult if you're already working in the recruitment sector for years. A resume parser is nothing but a software program that is generally (in most cases) pre-installed with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

2021 62

Features of Resume Writing in 2020 for Graduates

Dumb Little Man

It’s not easy to get your dream job without making a good impression on recruiters, HR managers, and potential employers with the help of a resume. Furthermore, it is important to be aware of the latest trends and norms in writing resumes. Highlight Your Key Skills.

2020 197

How to Write a Powerful One-Page Resume That Stands Out

Dumb Little Man

The common consensus regarding resumes is this: It doesn’t have to be too long! Resumes that don’t seem to end are disastrous. Most recruiters prefer short and concise one-page resumes over long boring resumes that seem to eat its own tail. Given below is a step-by-step guide to help you in writing a one-page resume. The first step to writing a one-page resume is to compile all your information in one place. Step 4: Make a separate “key skills” section.

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How to Hide Your Age on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

As a career coach and professional resume writer , I work with a lot of “older” job seekers. So, when people ask me how you hide your age on your resume, I understand where they’re coming from—even if I find the question a little silly. Hiding your age on your resume is not necessarily a smart move, for a number of reasons. Still, if you’re concerned about age discrimination in your job search, it doesn’t hurt to de-emphasize your age on your resume.

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3 Atypical Life Hacks To Improve Your Resume

Dumb Little Man

Writing a great resume has always been challenging. Knowing how to pen a captivating resume is a sought-after skill. Your resume might pass through several computers before a person even sees it. By learning how to think like job search engines and scanning systems, you can optimize your resume. When a person finally does read your resume, you will appear to be the perfect candidate. Scaling your resume down to size is the first step.

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Extreme Makeover - Resume Edition

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a resume? It's arguable that there's never been a more important time to polish up your resume and portray yourself in the best light possible. In my prior employment I was often required to qualify candidates based purely on their resumes. Here are some ways you can overhaul your resume to better your chances at landing the job. Organize it A cluttered resume may signal a cluttered and disorganized worker. Is it a little out of date?

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Five Great Ways to Give Your Resume a Boost

Dumb Little Man

Whether or not you’re looking for a job right now, it’s worth making sure your resume is in good shape. In a crowded job market, your resume needs to stand out. Employers aren’t just interested in your paid work; they’re looking for evidence of your skills. Focus on Results When you’re putting your resume together, don’t get too bogged down in giving details of your past job descriptions. Resume Career

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Beginning Your Job Search? Start By Building Your Brand

Office Dynamics

After all, Inc reports that every corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 resumes, but on average only four to six people will interview for the position. Expanded Ramblings reports that simply adding a photo makes your profile 11 times more likely to be viewed , and listing your skills makes your profile 13 times more likely to be viewed. A fully fleshed out, professional social media profile gives employers a point of reference beyond your resume.

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5 College Skills That Have Lasting Value

Dumb Little Man

Between writing essays, going into interviews, and managing deadlines, you refine several skills while you’re applying for college. Those skills are important because not only do they help you get into your dream college, but they can also help you find jobs and manage your career. Here are some of the best college skills that can help you achieve success in your life. Better yet, you’ll also be able to impress potential employers with cover letters and resumes.

2018 192

Updating Your Resume: Signs It’s Time to Polish the Ol’ Skills

Small Business CEO

You’re back on the job market, sending out your resume to multiple jobs a day, but you’re not getting any bites. It can be especially difficult to know exactly what’s going wrong – is it my cover letter? In fact, your problem might be something as simple as not updating your resume. … The post Updating Your Resume: Signs It’s Time to Polish the Ol’ Skills appeared first on SMALL BUSINESS CEO.

Is It OK to Fudge the Truth on a Resume?

45 Things

Is it really a big deal to lie on a resume? Nearly 35 percent of resumes are estimated to contain blatant lies about education, experience or the skills to perform a specific job. Of course, as employers have become savvier about lies on resumes, job seekers have become more adept at trying to fudge the truth. lie to employer qualifications resume cover letter career advice Anita Bruzzese

Top 10 Resume Writing Tips for 2018

Daily Writing Tips

Writing a resume can be really tough. It can be especially hard if you’ve been out of the job market for a while, and you feel that you’re not sure what’s required from your resume – or if this is the first resume you’ve ever written. We’re going to quickly recap the basics, before digging into some crucial tips for writing a winning resume. What Is a Resume Anyway? If you’re in the UK, a resume is commonly called a “CV” (curriculum vitae).

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Guest Blogger: David B. Wright, Author

The Office Professionals Place

Youve sent out dozens, or maybe even hundreds, of resumes and cover letters. Youve posted your resume on all the top job boards plus the various industry-focused and niche job sites related to your type of work. Your resume & cover letter have done their jobs, and have piqued the employers interest - now your job is to make it as easy as possible for them to decide to offer you the job.

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Unemployed? Transferable Skills are the Answer

45 Things

In the coming weeks and months you're going to hear a lot about "transferable skills." Transferable skills are those abilities that you can use in a variety of jobs: communication, organization and teamwork.

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6 Tips On How To Prep Your CV For More Job Interviews

Dumb Little Man

In this article, we will partially focus on cover letters as well as other important resume writing tips. So, grab a pen, and get ready to totally change your approach to CVs and cover letters. Just think about it: If you are getting dozens of cover letters a day, you are more likely to pay attention to the applicant who knows you by name than an applicant who simply addresses the company in general. Demonstrate Your Skills. Resume Writing

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10 Tools and Resources to Write the Perfect Resume

Daily Writing Tips

If you read my post of resume tips a few weeks ago , you’ll already be familiar with best practice for writing a great resume. While there’s nothing wrong with hand-crafting your resume in Microsoft Word (or your word processor of choice), there are plenty of online tools that can save you lots of time by formatting your resume in seconds. With those caveats out of the way, here’s the list: Online Advice and Support on Creating Your Resume. #1:

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How to Write a Winning Graduate School Resumé

Dumb Little Man

Take a look at the following hints and tips on how to write a graduate school resume. See how you can write a resume that will get you into any graduate school in the country. #1 You want to show that you’ve been able to function in the real world and that there’s more to your skills than simply sitting and passing exams. 3 Highlight your academic skills and achievements. See Also: 100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter.

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How To Make Your Job Search More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Between searching for job listings, individualizing your cover letters, and rehearsing your interviews, you will spend many of your waking hours getting through it all. Searching for jobs and writing cover letters are bound to be the biggest time-consumers, so plan around that to start with. See Also: Resume Action Words That Will Get You That Job. Learn some relevant skills to give your resume a little boost. Business How To Resume

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How to Market Yourself During A Career Search

Dumb Little Man

A Unique Selling Point might be the experience you bring to the table or the skills you have gained. Once you know your USP, it needs to be highlighted throughout your resume and interviews. You cannot just count on scattering a few resumes through email. Instead, you need to use various channels to promote your skills and abilities. You need to create an impressive resume/CV, optimize your LinkedIn profile and make sure your cover letter shines.

2017 145

Two-for-One Sale: Get Your Interview Tips Now!

On The Job

I sent out a HARO request the other day asking for input on resume do's and dont's. I was flooded with so many good suggestions I couldn't use them all for my Gannett News Service and USAToday.com column, so I'm offering you a great deal today: Super resume advice at no cost to you! (I Anyway, I'll let these people tell you in their own words what you can do to help you in your job search: "One of my pet peeves is extremely vague objective (resume)statements.

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How to Find Your Dream Job: 5 Tips You Can Use Right Now

Dumb Little Man

You may need to send out countless resumes and cover letters. Listen: Randomly sending out resumes may get you a few interviews, but you will be wasting a lot of real and good opportunities. When you know your motivations, it will be easier for you to find opportunities that are perfect for your ambitions and skills. When you read job descriptions, you’ll be able to know which jobs fit your skills, education, and experience.

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4 Interview Tips to Help You Get the Job

45 Things

First, you need to make sure that you craft your resume and cover letter for each job so that you're highlighting as many of the skills as possible that the employer is seeking.

What Should Recruiters Look For In CVs When Hiring For Remote Jobs?

Recruit CRM

Look Out For These 6 Things In A Resume While Hiring For Remote Job Roles A recruiter must be well adept when he/she is hiring for any work-from-home based jobs. Here's everything you need to know about skills that should stand out in such resumes. Functional resume format, or c.

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How to Build Your Career: 5 Simple Rules to Succeed

Dumb Little Man

They choose those willing to work for less despite having the most skills. Here’s how to build your career: Write a Killer Resume. Whether you are currently unemployed or looking to move to a different company, you have to know how to create an outstanding resume. And it’s not just about writing one resume and sending it out to a bunch of different companies. There is no “one size fits all” resume. Use that as a starting point for your resume.

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Melba Duncan on the Hot Skills EAs Need For 2009 and Beyond

Stellar Assistants

I was first introduced to her in September 1999, when she was featured on the cover of Inc. Duncan in job interviews, and have even quoted her in resume' cover letters. Take this quote, for instance: "The "hot skills" in 2008 and beyond are the skills that support indispensability. I'm a HUGE fan of Melba J. Duncan. Rabid , in fact. magazine ( [link] ).

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10 Ways For Freelance Writers To Earn Some Extra Money

Dumb Little Man

Are you skilled in a craft? Write Resumes and Cover Letters. There is a huge market at the moment for CV and cover letter writers. Maybe you could change someone’s life with your resume. Small businesses or startups could use some copywriting talent and if you are skilled in this area, offer your help to those companies. Freelance writing can be a tough job at times. Finding clients and finishing tasks takes a lot of time.

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You Owe it to Yourself!

Office Dynamics

Though you may be satisfied with your current job, you should still have the necessary tools available at a moment’s notice, such as: An updated resume that details your current skills, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Presentation skills to effectively communicate why you are the best candidate. A clear understanding of how you can transfer your knowledge and skills to provide value to another organization. Your resume is the most important part of your package.

2010 119

9 Style Tips For College Students

Dumb Little Man

However, unlike impressing your next-door neighbor with your skills, you’ll need to exert more effort for your teachers. This includes gaining proper knowledge of the English language which they’ll need to interact with future employers, compose top quality cover letters, and create pathways that will enhance their future. Some rewrite their own application letters while others learn the hard way – by being rejected.

2018 142

Coaches; 6 Types & 10 Ways They Can Use Online Technology?

Tips From T. Marie

Career Coach: A Career Coach assists their clients in identifying personal goals, developing leadership skills and planning career moves. This may include helping clients find new employment opportunities, giving feedback on resumes/ cover letters and establishing strategies for successful job interviews. They work with clients who are single and with couples on things like communication skills and conflict resolution strategies.

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You Owe it to Yourself!

Office Dynamics

Though you may be satisfied with your current job, you should still have the necessary tools available at a moment’s notice, such as: An updated resume that details your current skills, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Presentation skills to effectively communicate why you are the best candidate. A clear understanding of how you can transfer your knowledge and skills to provide value to another organization. Your resume is the most important part of your package.

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How To Make A Successful And Hassle-Free Career Change

Dumb Little Man

These are things that will look good on your resume regardless of what direction you want to head. You need to take a look at what you’re interested in and what you’re skilled at. Besides a list of references, you’ll definitely need a good resume, too. Your cover letter needs to specifically address the job you’re applying for.

2018 146

How to Overcome Gaps in Employment

Dumb Little Man

You can turn this around by using your free time for meaningful activities that will enrich both your life and your resume. Stay involved – Find work-related activities that will help you stay up-to-date with the industry and will improve your skills, making you more competitive. Level Up Your Resume. Your resume reflects not only your work experience, but also your individual self. Explain it in your cover letter.

2016 143

This is What You Need to Do to Change Industries Successfully

45 Things

That’s why it’s key to craft your resume and cover letter in a way that highlights transferable skills. More people are expected to test the job waters this year as more than 12,500 U.S. employers are looking for new workers and unemployment remains low. This comes as good news for workers who are ready to take the leap to a new job or industry, including those federal workers who are looking for steadier paychecks after government shutdown uncertainty.

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Survey Reveals What Hiring Managers Want Now

45 Things

That way, you can address the issues they think are important in your resume and cover letter, and speak knowledgeably about the issues that garner their interest. It's always a good idea to know what's on the minds of hiring managers.

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So you want to find a new assistant job?

Practically Perfect PA

Tailor your covering letter and CV. I’ve written posts on both covering letters and resumes so all I would add here is that you should tailor your CV and covering letter for each of the jobs you are applying for. This is why you really really need to tailor your resumes before approaching an agency otherwise you will end up doing what you have always done. Over the last 10 years I have been employed full time in 6 different companies.

2013 164

How to Ace Your Job Interview

Dumb Little Man

With online job boards attracting more applicants and easy online applications, recruiters have more resumes to sift through than ever before. Most big companies use algorithms to sort through resumes, looking for the most qualified candidates. If your resume does make it past the algorithm and onto a recruiter’s desk, you face the next hurdle. Today, many job seekers don’t bother writing a cover letter and most recruiters don’t consider it important.

2018 159

3 Rs or 3 Cs?

Office Dynamics

The Three Rs aren't cutting it for today's workforce, according to the American Management Association's 2010 Critical Skills Survey of 2,115 managers and other executives. Three out of four executives said they believe these skills and competencies will become more important to their organizations in the next three to five years, particularly as the economy improves and organizations look to grow. Critical Thinking is one of 15 competencies in the Adminology Skill Set.

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3 Rs or 3 Cs?

Office Dynamics

The Three Rs aren't cutting it for today's workforce, according to the American Management Association's 2010 Critical Skills Survey of 2,115 managers and other executives. Three out of four executives said they believe these skills and competencies will become more important to their organizations in the next three to five years, particularly as the economy improves and organizations look to grow. Critical Thinking is one of 15 competencies in the Adminology Skill Set.

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5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

45 Things

Just as you target your resume and cover letter for a certain job, you should do the same for your references. You want someone who can speak to some of the skills sought in the position, such as creativity or leadership. It's not helpful to an employer if all your references can only speak to one aspect of your character or job skills.

2019 70

Administrative/Clerical: Improve Your Admin Applications and Interviews

Office Dynamics

Whether you''re hoping to become a receptionist or head administrator, your chances of receiving a serious offer hinge on your resume and interview. Fine-tune both by improving your writing and verbal skills. Because admin applications usually consist of written forms such as a resume and a cover letter, it''s essential to proofread your writing for clarity, grammatical correctness, and accuracy of content.

2013 100

CV Template for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The first step on the long walk to a new job should always be a good CV, obviously the detail in your CV reflects your experience but a well laid out and readable resume will help you stand out from the crowd (and thrust me these days there is a crowd). Also if you write a covering letter, which I think should always accompany an application, then again your details will be included there. Pin It.

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