Microsoft published an interesting study in May documenting research on how our attention spans have changed over the past several years. In 2000 we had a 12-second attention span—which dropped to a mere eight-second attention span by 2013. We now have a one-second-shorter attention span than that of a goldfish. Let that sink in for a minute…What influence does our ever-shrinking attention s
While the pressure of doing well at the job interview may now be over, there’s still work to be done. Following each job interview, always send a follow-up thank-you note. Not sending one can cost you, but at the same time, sending one that you don’t put much thought into can also cost you.
While the follow-up thank-you note is not the defining factor to whether you will get the job, if wri
The cover letter may be a second thought to many job seekers because there’s the feeling that employers aren’t going to read it, but the fact is you never know if it’ll get read or not. There are certainly employers who just go straight to the resume, but there are also those who will take the time to read it to determine if they’d even move on to the resume. And it is just more professi
How difficult is it to write a cover letter that makes a great first impression on a potential employer, highlights your best qualities, and makes you stand out? With the right information, it’s really not that difficult. The good news is that a cover letter that does all these things will practically guarantee you an interview.
Most people dread writing cover letters, and so they either find
So, we’re agreed that it’s worth your time to write a cover letter to accompany your resume (see Why Cover Letters Count). Now you’re facing the daunting task of making your cover letter worth reading.
Considering that a 2005 Society for Human Resource Management survey revealed that more than 8 out of 10 human resource professionals spend less than one minute reading a cover letter—and
In today’s economy, those searching for new jobs need to pay mind to previous tools and sentiments, such as looking professional and including a cover letter. However, certain errors and actions will get your resume thrown in the rejection bin. Keep your cover letter clear of the rejection bin with the following tips.
Use a Subject Line
Some use a salutation, such as
Job seekers without a flair for writing and storytelling may find it painfully difficult to put together an impressive cover letter. The most common way they start their cover letter is with words like, “I’m very pleased to submit my application.” But do you realize just how awfully stiff these words sound to employers?
A cover letter is your personal introduction to the employer. It
Sometimes, fixing the little things can offer the most benefit. Anyone writing a cover letter to a hiring rep should follow some golden rules before hitting start on the fax machine, licking that envelope shut, or hitting “Send” on that e-mail.
Treat your cover letter like any piece of business correspondence. It should have a professional appearance, a professional tone, and possess a
If there is one thing that’s annoying about job search, it’s probably writing the perfect cover letter for your resume. It’s meant to be short and crisp, and must entail all the right elements necessary for you to land that dream job! It isn’t very easy to write a flawless cover letter with passion, but it must be done. Why would you want to let such a small letter affect what may be the
It’s no secret every element of your cover letter is important from top to bottom. But the cover letter introduction may be just a bit more significant simply because it works as the bait to lure in your readers, encouraging them to learn more about you.
Cover Letter Introduction Goals
To make sure your introduction does its job, take a look at four goals every cover letter intr
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