First things first: the best start-up cover letter is usually not a traditional cover letter at all. It’s a warm introduction to someone important, at your start-up of choice, from someone important… you, their next team member. Additionally, whoever is reading your application at a start-up is inevitably pressed for time, and probably doesn’t even have “hiring” in their job description – at a growing company, everyone pitches in where help is needed most, regardless of whether it’s part of the definition of their job. To make sure you shine in the few seconds your cover letter spends with that
Show business is a rough. One day you’re popular, and a week later you’re all but forgotten.
So, metaphorically speaking… just because you’ve been promoted from the late time slot to, as it is commonly known, “the best job in show business”, there are never any guarantees.
Recently Jimmy Fallon recently got that promotion, and he used his opening night’s monologue during his debut of the Tonight Show to “ask for the job” with his new viewers, many of whom had watched Jay Leno host the Tonight Show for the past 22 years.
Here are some gems from Fallon’s “first day on the job” that any job seeker can use in the quest for their own daily gig.
The world recently learned three things about Google:
1. CEO Eric Schmidt received $106 million in bonuses in 2013. Maybe that’s because the company’s sales reached $16.9 billion in the fourth quarter of last year ALONE.
2. You can now add Google Glass hardware to actual prescription eyeglass frames.
3. When you type common career questions into a Google search, you get really depressing results.
That got me thinking: what other career issues have people typed into Google? I did a search, and what I found was interesting, and sometimes quite funny:
According to a recent survey: for every job posting, an employer receives an average of 250 applications and resumes. The same survey showed only 10% of those applicants were actually qualified for the job.
This flood of unqualified interest, unfortunately, makes recruiters somewhat jaded and suspicious of all job seekers. More important, this causes three assumptions employers to be made about you when applying for a job…
I would love to work for LinkedIn. I sent my resume and cover letter to apply for a marketing job at LinkedIn. They didn’t think I was good enough. I, however, know different.
Such is the lament of the job seeker. The problem is, you plan to show employers what a great employee you are after you’re hired. When what you need to show them is how awesome you’d be… before they hire you.
Networking is a critical component of your job search success. Many people feel it is the most important. Countless studies indicate that employers prefer to hire candidates who are referred by current employees, as this is much more effective than reviewing hundreds of applications through job boards.
So what is networking and how does one go about it effectively?