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Cover Letter Tips

January 10, 2018

You are considering applying for a new job and one of the first things you have to address is one of the hardest; writing your cover letter. You want to write something that sets you apart and makes you stand out from all the other applicants. After all, you are selling the most important part-yourself. Danielle Wiener-Bronner provides some tips to help you work through this essential part of your job search.

-Read the job posting carefully.  Craft your cover letter to those traits the employer most cares about. Highlight those areas that pertain to both the job description as well as your strengths.
-Quality rather than quantity.  Present yourself in a good light by finding out the hiring manager’s name and address it to him. He or she will appreciate the added touch of keeping it non-generic.
-Tell about your achievements.  Decide what matters to the employers and let them know how it relates with you and what you’ve accomplished. Most importantly, keep it succinct. Don’t repeat what is already in your resume.

For more details and tips found in this great article, please refer to the following link:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/pf/how-to-write-cover-letter/index.html

Considering a Job Switch?

December 13, 2017

If you are considering a job switch for 2018, now is the time to get moving on it. Hannah Morgan, a contributor for U. S. News and World Report’s Money has written a great article that will inspire you and get you motivated to do just that. In her article How to Prepare for Your January Job Search-Now (December 7, 2017) she details the planning and prepping that can be done now to give you a comfortable edge on the competition.
First and most important, do not ever use company time or resources to do your job search. This also includes updating on company time any job related social media platforms you use. Simply put, you should just avoid the temptation even if work is slow. Second, maintain confidentiality. Do not share with anyone at work that you are job hunting. Leaks can imperil your success and create problems for you if word gets out.
Consider the following questions that will help you start off with your best foot forward:
• Where are former colleagues working? Companies like to hire referrals from current employees. Now is the perfect time to tap into friends and former co-workers and let them know what you are doing. Networking is a great way to reconnect with them.
• What companies would you like to work for? Make a list of companies where you might envision yourself working. Do your research and investigate the company, the city’s location and current jobs that are available on the company’s website.
• What is your salary range? Check with other people who hold similar jobs as to what they consider the range is for the position. Be sure to do your research here as well. Salary websites are also helpful to help find the current information for the position.
Ms. Morgan provides more suggestions in her article and you can read them all at the following link:

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-12-07/how-to-prepare-for-your-january-job-search-now