Cover Letters

10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters give you a golden opportunity to get across your passion, communication skills and technical smarts, all of which should make the reviewer want to take the next step and look at your resume. Unfortunately, most of them blow it by making one of these mistakes. No. 1: Obvious Cut and Paste Sending a blatantly generic cover letter that just regurgitates the information in your resume won’t cut it. The only message reviewers will receive is that you didn’t… continue…

Tricks to Finding Out the Hiring Manager’s Name

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Cat Miller
The best way to get the hiring manager’s attention is to… go around HR and talk to the hiring manager. And not only is it possible to find their name, it’s also not all that tricky.  Here are some ways to suss them out. Related Links Tricks to Finding the Hiring Manager’s Name 6 Steps to Better Cover Letters 6 Great Videos on Resumes and Cover Letters

How To Make Online Cover Letters Work

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When you’re responding to an online job posting, cover letters are every bit as important as they were back when applications were sent in on old-fashioned paper. But many times, electronic systems provide either too little space for your self-introduction, or don’t allow you to attach one. Still, there are ways around such roadblocks, whether you apply via email or fill out an online application form. Email Workarounds When you apply via email but are limited to a single attachment,… continue…

Use Timing to To Get in the Employer’s Door

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“Timing is everything” is one of those, well, timeless sayings that applies to your job search. To help make yours impeccable, here’s answers to some of the most frequently questions about it we’ve heard. Does it matter when I apply? Unless a job posting lists a specific closing date, you should apply within 24 to 48 hours after the opening is announced. Once they identify a suitable candidate, recruiters and managers may stop reviewing resumes, so the earlier they see… continue…

6 Steps To Better Cover Letters

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Cat Miller
Yes, you do need to write a cover letter and you have to do it the right way. Today, we cover their who, what, when, where, why and how. Bear these in mind, and the whole thing gets easier. For more on cover letters, click here.

Cover Letters Don’t Matter? Oh, Yes They Do

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Cat Miller
Yes, cover letters are still important, no matter what some people say. Here’s why and how they make all the difference to your job search.

Fareed Zakaria and Your Resume – A Common Thread?

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All this hullabaloo over columnist Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism has a lesson to it: Any tech professional who’s looking over a colleague’s shoulder to craft their cover letter or resume should seriously reconsider. Lifting a paragraph here, or several sentences there may seem harmless, but can come back to bite you in the butt. Why? Think about it. You’re in the industry. You know how easy it is to do things thanks to technology. Taking your colleague’s word-for-word description of an apps… continue…

Five Resume Tips for People Who Just Want to Code

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How can you spice up your resume if your job is more about production, and less about strategy? Or, as one skeptic put it, when you’re someone who’s got “a real job, not a fancy one”? “Even someone who works in the most mundane job on the planet can still explain how they excelled and why they’re better than the next guy,” says Don Goodman, president of IT-Resumes, a national resume-writing service based in Caldwell, N.J. “You have to prove that… continue…

Six Great Videos On Resumes and Cover Letters [DiceTV]

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Writing resumes and cover letters can be painful. To present yourself in the best possible way, you’ve got to put in a lot of time and thought into the employer, the job description, and how your skills match up. And advice on these topics tends to be, for lack of a better word, persnickety. Do this, don’t do that, etc., etc., etc. Personally, I hate updating mine — I’m sure as much as you hate updating yours. So I thought… continue…

Ten Stories on Customizing Your Job Search

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The process of looking for a job has a bunch of components to it, but none is as important as customizing your approach. Sending out 100 identical resumes in pursuit of 100 distinct opportunities is pretty much a waste of time. There are always exceptions, of course, but those are lucky. The great majority of the time, it’s your ability to fit into a specific role with specific skills that catches the manager’s eye. This is a fact of life… continue…