Jan 032012
 

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This job hunting mistake was not even on anyone’s radar 20 and maybe 10 years ago. But today it can mean the difference in finding the right job in a reasonable period of time, or having a job hunt that will drag on forever. And then when a job is offered it will not fit your career plan or it will be something you have no interest in doing. Of course the pay will be lousy in a less than favorable organization. Continue reading »

Jul 132011
 

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Job hunting after 50 can be a significant challenge. Aside from writing a winning resume and cover letter, networking to find the right job and job interview preparation there is still one area that many overlook. And it might be the most critical aspect of effective job hunting and is a valuable after 50 job hunting tip. Continue reading »

Jun 192011
 

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In effective resume cover letter writing you need to stand out from the crowd. Too often because they are lazy, not paying attention or both; job candidates send in a generic resume cover letter and call it a day. Bottom line: their job hunt suffers.

Top Resume Cover Letter Tips-One Size Does not fit All

What a waste of time and effort. Anytime, in a job search, that you take a one size fits all approach you get categorized with the crowd. Those in the crowd do not get the job but someone who stands out and is unique will be the successful job candidate.

You are trying to impress an employer with your skills at effective communication. A well written resume cover letter, carefully formatted with not errors of any kind will go a long way to make you stand out.

In writing your resume cover letter, your first goal is to get the reader’s attention with the letter’s first sentence. Do not start letter like everyone else. To often the average letter starts with, “I’m responding to the Customer Service position I saw advertised in the Milwaukee Journal last Sunday.” Wow, this will sure get their attention.

How about putting a reference line about the salutation (please address the letter to a real person like, Dear Mr. Smith and never to whom it may concern or Dear Mr./Ms Hiring Manager) where you indicate; “Re: Customer Service Manager/Milwaukee Journal 5/8/11”.

After study of the employer’s needs for the position you find they are looking for someone who can make a dramatic improvement in the company’s customer service. Now for a strong attention getting first sentence, “I’m an award winning customer service manager who in one year vaulted our company from the bottom quartile in customer service satisfaction to the top 5%.” Now you’ve got something going for you as you are clearly demonstrating what you would bring to the job.

Now in the balance of the first paragraph discuss, as in this example, your other customer service management strengths.

Your resume cover letter should not copy what is in your resume

You should not use the resume cover letter to copy what is in the resume. Give them something that directly relates to the needs of the job. Perhaps it’s supervisory skills, or the ability to manage a complex program or project, or maybe its building productive relationships with vendors and suppliers.

Highlight your background as it relates to the listed qualification for the job. Bullet points seem to work best at this effort.

End with a strong call for action. Indicate you would like the opportunity to discuss their needs in greater detail how you could make a valuable contribution to their organization.

Here are nine resume cover letter tips, to stand out, should include the following:

1. Address the letter to a person. Make every effort to find out the hiring manager.

2. Never use business phone numbers or email addresses as your contact information. Get a special email address for your job search efforts. Be sure the message on your answering machine is professional and upbeat.

3. Use a reference line to indicate the job applied for.

4. Open with a strong statement addressing the employer’s main need.

5. Add one or two more results driven statements in the first paragraph.

6. Highlight your other strengths in the second paragraph as they relate to the needs and qualification of the position. Use bullets to make the information easier to read.

7. In the third paragraph tell the employer what value and benefits you would bring to the company.

8. End with a strong call for action.

9. Always keep the resume cover letter to one page.

Resume cover letter tips to get your resume read

Now you have a list of resume cover letter tips that will make you stand out from the crowd, makes you unique and motivates the employer to read your resume and call you in for an interview. Can the offer for the right job be far behind?

For more on job interview preparation we have an article that will give you the needed advantage in the job interview.  Another job search skill that gets little notice is the importance of maintaining a positive attitude during a job search. Learn more about maintaining a positive attitude during your job search.

Apr 162011
 

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career change after 50Career changes after 50 can be both a blessing or a curse. A blessing because you will be moving from a low satisfaction job to a job with higher satisfaction. A curse because the journey can be full of pot holes, flat tires and steep hills. Here are some career change ideas that could smooth out the road for you. Continue reading »

Apr 092011
 

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resume writing tipsToday with the huge volume of resumes received by some companies you could write and format a great looking resume, mail or fax it to the organization, and after being scanned and computerized your resume may never reach a hiring manager. If you do not make your resume computer scanner friendly your chances of your resume being noticed will be close to zero. Continue reading »

Apr 082011
 

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In a recent survey of over 200 executive recruiters they indicated the number one reason some job candidates found jobs or new career quicker than other candidates was: Attitude. Continue reading »

Apr 042011
 

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job inteview tipsWhat is the one factor that makes the work place hum? That clearly makes the company a good place to work? A company that is growing and expanding and beating it’s competition? An organization that consistently surmounts problems? Continue reading »

Mar 142011
 

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Job hunting after 50 is some respects is a numbers game. If you only go after jobs in which you are 100% qualified you restrict your universe of possible job opportunities. So how do you position yourself to “qualify” for more job openings? Continue reading »

Feb 242011
 

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Job hunting: here is a tip to improve you resume cover letter.

Marketers have learned that the post script (PS) at the end of the marketing letter gets read more times than the entire letter. So in writing your resume cover letter hold back a valuable tid bit for the PS. You can emphasize a particular qualification that you know the employer is looking for. Maybe it’s some unique focused training that you have or some experience that will vault you ahead of the pack. Continue reading »