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Personalize Cover Letters: No More Excuses For Not Having A Name

Taking the time to personalize cover letters makes a difference. Case in point: that dream job at that awesome company you’ve been eyeing for a long time has FINALLY opened up. But the bad news is that while you are all pumped up about pulling all of your career credentials together, you realize… “Oh crud, I don’t know the name of the hiring manager over there…” Don’t despair. You can personalize cover letters. Avoid resorting to the “easy button” nebulousness of the boilerplate phrase of “To Whom It May Concern.”  That could be the death knell of your application. You… Read »




Spring Cleaning: Freshen Up Your Career Documents

It’s springtime!  Cue the singing birds, blooming flowers, and that warm promise in the air that summer is just around the corner. Ahhh… what a wonderful feeling! But to borrow a page out of our hardy forebears, this isn’t where one gets to rest on their laurels… time’s a-wastin’!  It’s time to do much-needed deep cleaning. But I’m not talking about purging the garage, or moving the couch to get at those annoying dust bunnies. Instead, let’s zero in on your career documents.  Why? Because most people let them gather dust and only clear them off to see the light… Read »




Spring Cleaning: Time to Freshen Up Your Career Documents

It’s springtime! Cue the singing birds, blooming flowers, and that warm promise in the air that summer is just around the corner. Ahhh… what a wonderful feeling! But to borrow a page out of our hardy forebears, this isn’t where one gets to rest on their laurels… time’s a-wastin’! It’s time to do much-needed deep cleaning. But I’m not talking about purging the garage, or moving the couch to get at those annoying dust bunnies. Instead, let’s zero in on your career documents. Why? Because most people let them gather dust and only clear them off to see the light… Read »




Cover Letters – The Icing on the Cake

I get a lot of questions from clients about whether or not they should include a cover letter when sending in their rĂ©sumĂ©. My response is “Would you consider making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly?” The point being that the two go hand-in-hand, and unless a job position announcement specifically states that you should not send in a cover letter along with your rĂ©sumĂ©, you should ALWAYS include one. Why? There are multiple reasons. As more companies are using applicant tracking software to scan for job keywords, the cover letter also can get fed into this… Read »




Why the cover letter matters as much as the résumé

I have the occasional client who pauses when they are told what the investment level is for a cover letter. Why so much, they wonder. Is it really that important? Let me put it this way: What would happen if you had THE perfect rĂ©sumĂ©, but then sent along an accompanying cover letter that had grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors? What if you didn’t express thoughts in a clear, compelling way? How would an employer respond to this? If you guessed not favorably, you are right! Proofreading errors in a cover letter are the number one job prospect killer for… Read »





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