Recall hiring managers are looking for reasons to move your resume to the bottom of the pile. Don't give them a reason by "not" sending a cover letter which resonates with the position you are seeking.
Here are 5 articles which discuss the "how" and the "why" behind writing a cover letter which helps the hiring manager decide to interview you.
* 4 Inside Secrets to Writing a Great Cover Letter
* 5 Parts to a Cover Letter
* 7 Cover Letter Mistakes You Make When Applying via E-mail
* What to Avoid When Designing and Writing a Cover Letter
* Addressing Salary Requirements in a Cover Letter
Say Goodbye to the Nine to Five Worker Employment Trends ResumeBear...
The majority of global employers don’t mind when employees show up late for work, according to new research by Mozy®, the world’s most trusted provider of data protection and availability for consumers and businesses. Mobile technology, including smartphone apps and cloud services, now means that employers are surprisingly supportive of a flexible workforce – more than most employees realize. For survey information visit: www.mozy.com/9-5. ;
New research has found that more than 2.1 million British adults aged between 55 and 64 do not know when they will be able to retire. The study by Baring Asset Management also found that 12 per cent of all non-retired British adults do not plan to retire at all.
The findings are in stark contrast to the survey results from before the 2008 financial crisis, when 100 per cent of non-retired respondents were confident that they would be able to retire, and only 1 per cent unsure at what age they would be able to do so.
"Once you get a professional headshot up and your summary written, there’s a lot to tackle. Should you be more active in LinkedIn Answers? Participate in discussions in Groups? Start listing the books you’ve read? Where to begin?"
"To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you might want to start with the familiar. You are probably already on Facebook (as there are now almost one billion users, it’s kind of hard to avoid). If you feel pretty comfortable posting status updates to your friends, why not start using LinkedIn with that same approach?"
The article covers 7 types of status updates you can post on LinkedIn to help your job search. It also describes the types of status updates to avoid.
Recommending to find "your" unique approach to the types of status updates you post to help rise above the noise in your job search.
"In our work with Anne Arundel County businesses, evidence has shown that holding an occupation-specific credential often proves more successful in obtaining employment today than having a four-year degree."
"Bachelor’s degrees have value, as they teach critical thinking and objective reasoning, and many technical degrees are a necessary prerequisite for their respective industry. However, short-term training or two-year degrees leading to credentials can be just as valuable in securing sustainable employment in high-demand industries."
Read the full article to understand the value behind highly specialized training and certifications.
One example: "A computer science degree from 10 years ago means very little today without certifications showing an understanding of modern technology, such as Security + or Cisco Certified Network Associate."
Job seekers who have the right training and/or certifications are the ones who are going to rise to the top of mind while hiring managers are deciding who to interview and who to not.
"A common discussion topic that comes up in career growth is that of sacrifice. For most people, it becomes apparent sooner or later that, in order to move forward, something must be left behind."
"When it comes to growth of any kind, there’s almost always a tradeoff—something comfortable that must be shed in the hopes that something better (though uncomfortable, scary and risky at first) will ultimately replace it."
The article uses the example of giving up your current job to start a new career path. Asking the tough question, "What are you willing to give up?"
Depending on individual and/or family circumstances certain decisions can bring about all kinds of uncomfortable adjustments.
Read on for tips and ideas of how you might approach this situation if you are considering a career change in the near, or distant future.
The children are back at school, are you now back at work? Here’s some advice, let me know if it helps.
Plan your day of return – Spend at least a day at home before returning to work to deal with personal and household tasks and to get your sleep patterns back to normal if you have travelled across time zones. Rather than face a full 5 days back at work could you return on a Thursday so you only face a short week?
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt, September 7, 1903
Teddy Roosevelt's assertion in a Labor Day speech 109 years ago still rings true this holiday; worthwhile labor can greatly enrich human life. Our research found that people's everyday work lives are greatly enriched when they make progress at work that they find meaningful. But what makes work worth doing?
Sometimes it's obvious. No one would question whether trying to cure disease is worth doing. The same goes for inventing and making products that enhance people's lives. But is all work worthwhile? Our own research focused on knowledge workers — highly educated people doing creative work and solving complex problems. As a result, readers often ask whether our findings apply to workers in the service industries or manual laborers. We believe they do apply, but only when workers feel that they are making a contribution to something or someone they value
"I've tried to read everything on tech interviewing from both sides so that I can improve my game as an interviewer and interviewee. A list of great interview advice books and blog posts would be endless, but regardless of which side of the interview table you find yourself on, you should read everything Joel Spolsky has to say with the keyword interview in it. - John Pavley, CTO, Huffington Post"
"But if Joel still hasn't satisfied your hunger for tech interviewing Jujutsu, I'll give you a more radical idea:
"Most interview processes at tech companies, big and small, are failures. Tech interviewing tends to keep great people out of the organization."
The article may be written for hiring managers more so than job seekers, however, it also helps find your dream job. Remember Steve Wozniak of Apple, (not Steve Jobs)? John Pavley wonders if his interview process would hire a Steve W.
Back to your dream job. It is not only about the job, the company you work for is also a very important piece of the equation. Recall an ideal job includes: What am I good at, what do companies need, what will they pay me to do?
If your technical skills and capabilities happen to fall on the fringe of what companies hire, go back to your resume, your social connections, friends, family and peers. Do they really understand what you are good at? If not, help them understand by telling stories of what it is you are the best at today and/or in the future using every day language, not technical jargon. Bring forth examples of things you've done in the past as well as things you can help create in the future.
Guest Post by Haley Gray ( Duke University - Executive MBA Class of 2012).
One of my responsibilities in my current role is to recruit engineering co-ops and interns for our company, and to my department.The things that I am looking for in candidates are not necessarily what you would think, so let me explain.
Please understand that when we are at career fairs, we see literally hundreds of applicants, and make snap judgments about people, whether true or not.
Careers in Sport is a website that provides careers guidance from professionals in the industry.
Every year over 200,000 people visit to research the experience and qualifications required for a career in the sport, leisure and exercise industry.
Organisations such as the Premier League, the Football Association, Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board, Radio 1, Youth Sport Trust, UK Sport, Premier Training and many more leading sports organisations provide profiles on careers from PE teacher to sports therapist and physiotherapist to referee.
"It’s all about who you know,” I’d often hear people say to me while I was going to college. More seasoned professionals had constantly told me that in order to leverage my position into the working world, it was best if I knew someone."
"I figured that knowing someone wasn’t as important as getting the education and experience to prove that I was competent enough to do a job. However, I soon found out that the advice of getting to know people was important for my career."
"Getting knowledge and experience was great but if you didn’t know someone to display that to, then your career hunt could be a bust. Sometimes people underestimate the importance of networking (I was one of them at one point). As I network more and more, I really do see that there are some fantastic benefits to it. - Ashley Lauren Perez"
The article covers how networking can help you accelerate finding a job and growing your career. Both from an external point of view as you grow your capabilities and skill sets as well as internally with a company.
Your brand is a combination of all of these areas, however, if you can't get people "talking" about you, your brand is lost in the noise of virtual land. Use your network to expose and spread your brand which you are working so hard to create.
Read the full article for insights into the ways networking can help the job hunt and your career from both an external as well as an internal point of view.
Do you realize how accessible information is today versus perhaps even five years ago? Many people now know about LinkedIn company pages and options around finding information through LinkedIn. But now just about every company possesses social media recruiting strategies. Many marketing professionals must keep up on new social media strategies to stay relevant on a weekly and monthly basis. It’s become almost that intense for today’s job seekers. You now must become your own best social media marketing strategist when it comes to searching for a new job.
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