Category Archives: Cover Letter

We Need to Talk About Your Cover Letter

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For many hiring managers or resume screeners, your cover letter explains which job you are interested in and more importantly WHY you are interested in the job and position.

By interested, I also mean qualified. Your cover letter must explain what value you are bringing to the company…   

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7 Ways to Ensure a Valuable Job Application

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Don’t press “submit” on that job application. Not yet. You’re not done. Even though you’re itching to find a new gig, cool your jets. The market is saturated so you need to be sharp. A recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, found roughly 2.4 million employees are dashing for the exit every month. A “jolt” for your boss, maybe. For you, it’s a chance to start fresh. Before you send off the resume/cover letter combo, run all your documents through this seven-question checklist. The reason: you need to make sure your writing is relevant, meaningful and frankly worth reading from   

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5 Ways to Customize the Perfect Cover Letter

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Raise your hand if you love writing cover letters…

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

If you find yourself struggling with what to write and how to say the right things in your cover letter, you are not alone…   

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The Dos and Don’ts of Cover Letters [Infographic]

Dos and Donts of Cover Letters

A cover letter is your chance to distance yourself from the competition… a chance to prove you have the right skills, attitude and values for that specific company.

And yet a cover letter can backfire. If not done well, the reader will know – in just a few seconds – that you are not the “detail oriented” and “passionate” professional with “excellent communication skills” that your resume says you are.   

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The Death of the Cover Letter: Greatly Exaggerated?

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We often hear or read about the death of the resume. And yet somehow it continues to hang on for dear life.

Nowadays, though, it seems that this dire prediction has reached another long-time job search tool: the cover letter…   

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The Perfect Cover Letter: Unique, Tailored and Impressive [Infographic]

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Has anyone ever walked you through exactly how to create a great cover letter? One that is different than all the others the recruiter will receive, tailored perfectly to fit the job description and company, and sure to impress the reader? Well, our friends at UNC Student Affairs have done exactly that in five surprisingly simple steps: Research and formatting Styling persuasively Starting strong Articulating your match Clearly stating next steps Check out this thorough guide… and then set out to write the perfect cover letter!      

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