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Category: Cover Letter

Secrets to Writing a Great Cover Letter

AUTHOR: Michelle K.
POSTED: October 7, 2014 at 9:21 am

The cover letter is a huge part of the interview process and every resume should have one. The cover letter is like the wrapping paper on a gift, and let’s be honest, we always open the best looking gift first. Here are some tips to help you create a winning cover letter and make the... » Read Full Article

Do Cover Letters Really Matter?

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Most candidates apply for jobs online, attaching their resume and hitting ‘send’. You may wonder why you’d need a cover letter for such a simplified process. The reasons are the hiring managers or recruiters who will be reviewing your documents. Most are overwhelmed with countless applications. They’re not eager to open every single resume to... » Read Full Article

Make Your Cover Letter Work For You

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: September 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Most job applicants believe they are the perfect candidate when they submit their resume for consideration. Sometimes they even go so far as to say so in their cover letter. Unfortunately, they don’t always say much more. If you want your cover letter to provide the additional impact you need to land the job, keep... » Read Full Article

Are Your Cover Letters and Interviewing Skills Making You Unforgettable?

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: July 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

If they’re not, then you’re wasting your time. You will not get the job. An interesting article on Mashable.com, detailed what five hiring managers found most unforgettable about candidates. Their information is informative and telling. Behave as if You’re Part of the Team The Chegg’s Director of Talent Acquisition, Amy Knapp, had this to say:... » Read Full Article

How to Write a Truly Awful Cover Letter

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: June 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

Caught this video recently. It made me smile. The presenter provides tongue-in-cheek advice about what you absolutely should do when writing a cover letter if you absolutely do not want to be called in for an interview. His points are well taken. I’ll provide my commentary on each (sarcasm intended). Ignore ALL instructions when applying If the company requests... » Read Full Article

Cover Letter Tips That Might Make the Difference

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: May 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

In this economy, the average candidate has most likely been job searching for an extended period. During that time, many have learned that cover letters need to be businesslike in tone, rather than using casual language as one would in an email or text to a friend. Most also realize that a cover letter should... » Read Full Article

The Best Ways to Begin Your Cover Letter

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: April 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

As the hiring manager for ResumeEdge, I see dozens of cover letters every day. Some are simply notes that state “my resume is attached”. As cover letters go, those kind are useless and simply state the obvious. Far too many letters begin by telling me what ResumeEdge offers its clients…something I already know – I... » Read Full Article

Cover Letter Basics

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: April 9, 2013 at 8:24 am

Whether cover letters are essential to your job search or not (some hiring managers and recruiters believe they are), many candidates believe there’s no correct or wrong way to write one. That’s wishful thinking and it could result in not being considered for a position. Cover Letters Must Be as Stellar as Your Resume In... » Read Full Article

What NOT to put in your cover letter

AUTHOR: Darlene Z.
POSTED: March 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

Although a cover letter can have a more personalized tone than your resume, by no means is that license to be unprofessional. Too often, candidates believe that they can bare their souls in a cover letter, that such honesty will endear them to the hiring manager. If anything, it will make your letter and resume... » Read Full Article

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