Cover Letters

Daily Tip: Avoid Vagueness in Your Cover Letter

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Recruiters and HR staffers must glance at hundreds of resumes and cover letters every month. One of their biggest complaints? The vagueness in cover letters. It’s not wholly the applicants’ fault: Most cover-letter formats demand the writer make some pretty sweeping statements about his or her career, which can lead to broadness and fuzziness. “I’ve spent my career analyzing problems and finding solutions” doesn’t really tell the reader much about your skills or aptitude for solving challenges. Instead of relying… continue…

Daily Tip: Link Your Resume and Cover Letter

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Job candidates tend to treat their cover letters and resumes as entities with zero overlap. Linking the two, however, can bolster your job application in ways that make it truly stand out. That linkage starts with formatting. People often spend lots of time giving their resume a distinctive look, one that (hopefully) reflects their professionalism and personality. They tend to devote less effort to cover letters, which they may view as more of a formality, forgetting that hiring managers scan… continue…

Daily Tip: Fresh Eyes on Cover Letters, Resumes

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In the early 1960s, NASA scientists reportedly omitted a hyphen from a guidance program uploaded to the Mariner 1 spacecraft, causing the latter to veer off course immediately after launch. Rather than allow the spacecraft to crash-land and possibly kill someone, NASA opted to remotely detonate the craft, arguably making that missing hyphen the most expensive typo in history. Leaving a few typos in your resume and cover letter probably won’t set the U.S. space program back a few years,… continue…

Daily Tip: No Rambling Cover Letters

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The best cover letters get right to the point. Recruiters and company HR staff have only so many hours in the day, and they appreciate when a letter outlines the applicant’s qualifications and background as succinctly as possible. In addition to brevity, winning cover letters contain a few additional elements. Recruiters and HR have a keen eye for when a cover letter is boilerplate, often because the skills it describes don’t fully align with the position on offer; the best… continue…

Want to Work as a Video-Game Developer?

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Wouldn’t it be great to get paid to work on video games? Who wouldn’t want to become the next Markus “Notch” Persson, who just sold his game Minecraft to Microsoft for a couple billion dollars? (He wanted to spend more time creating games, not managing a global phenomenon.) But gaming’s popularity also makes it difficult to get a proverbial foot in the door of a major company; to enter this highly competitive industry, you need a great resume and cover… continue…

Your Cover Letter Needs Examples

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Tip of the Day It’s not enough for your cover letter to tell an employer how great you are. It has to prove it. And it does that by presenting relevant and specific examples of your technical skills and achievements. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Select examples that demonstrate your understanding of each company’s individual needs and why you’re the best person to meet them. Remember, don’t be generic: One letter… continue…

Address Gaps in Your Job History Head On

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Tip of the Day Modest gaps in employment usually aren’t deal-breakers. The trick is to address them honestly. Your goal should be to minimize the effects of your time away from work, not to hide that time or misrepresent its duration. Trying to hide an employment gap is a surefire way to come across as having, well, something to hide. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Your resume’s cover letter is the… continue…

Take Care With Your Cover Letter’s Opening Sentence

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Tip of the Day The first paragraph of your cover letter is worth spending time on. Because it sets the mood and provides a preview of what’s to come, a generic or flimsy opening just won’t cut it. Right off the bat, capture the reviewer’s attention by briefly mentioning the employer’s needs. The hook could come from something you read in the job description or heard on the news. If someone referred you, mention their name. The idea is to… continue…

Always Include Cover Letters When Responding Online

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Tip of the Day If you’re using a job board like, say, Dice, always include a cover note or introductory paragraph when using your saved information. If the “apply now” button takes you to the company’s website or an application form without a designated space to introduce yourself, merge a short cover letter into the top of your resume before pasting it into the resume builder. If a strict format’s being imposed, customize your profile and summary toward the company… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…