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How to write a great cover letter

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August 11, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

By Lisa Vaas

Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

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The simple answer is that you should assume your resume will merit a look at your cover letter; always include one (either as a separate document or an e-mail that acts as one); and make it exceptional, so you stand out from the crowd. TheLadders talked to hiring and career management professionals to find out exactly how a good cover letter is laid out and what it contains.

Dear who?

The salutation is your first chance to make contact with a hiring professional, but it’s one spot where laziness often wins out over due diligence. We’re talking about the “Dear Sir or Madam” approach. What this generic salutation says isn’t positive: Namely, that the author couldn’t be bothered to find out the hiring manager’s name.

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

Attire for interviewing on the sly

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August 08, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

When interviewing and employed, use these tips on dressing down interview attire for the office.

By Joyann King

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In a corporate culture where business casual is making waves, showing up to work in a three-piece suit is a dead giveaway to your colleagues that your dentist appointment is really an interview — somewhere else.

Fortunately, there are ways to tone down your look for the office but avoid a changing overhaul in the cramped restroom before your interview. By pairing a few casual items with your more formal interview attire, it will be anybody’s guess why you look just a little more polished today.

Topics: Interviewing

5 stupid things to stop doing before it’s too late

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August 07, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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In my most recent article about interviewing, “10 good ways to 'Tell me about yourself,” I offered a free list at the end about stupid things to stop doing before it’s too late.

Since that article premiered, I’ve received hundreds of emails from people requesting the list. And so, I wanted to share five of my favorite tips from that list, along with a link so readers can access the full compilation at their convenience.

Topics: Professional Development

Want to land your dream job fast? Think like a business owner.

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 05, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Impress your interviewer by getting to the heart of the business' needs.

By Natalie Ackerman

As a Career Coach, I’ve helped tons of people navigate through job search and they all have one goal in common:  Get the perfect job as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Dream_Job_ExitOne way to do this is to own your job search and accomplishments fully, and to understand how you impact a company and its bottom line. In other words, think of yourself and your job search as a business owner might. Thinking like a business owner can significantly accelerate your success no matter if you’re unemployed, misemployed or looking to make a move into a better opportunity.

So, how can you think like a business owner even if you’re not one and don’t ever plan to be? 

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

7 leadership lessons from 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy

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August 05, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

By The RBL Group

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Jack Donaghy, of NBC’s 30 Rock, is arguably the best on-screen boss the world has ever seen. His success-driven life philosophies, ability to navigate any difficult situation, and flawless problem-solving skills make him an inspirational figure for businessmen (and women!) everywhere.

While we don’t recommend mimicking his bluntness and occasional insensitivity, some of the quotes we’ve culled from the series back up solid leadership lessons.

Topics: Professional Development

Walk out of your interview in a blaze of glory

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August 04, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

How to respond to the dreaded, final interview question: "So, do you have any questions for me?" 

By Scott Ginsberg

artInterviewingPicture this: The job interview is (almost) over.

You’ve answered all their questions.
You’ve jumped through all their hoops.
You’ve taken all their tests, assessments and personality profiles.

Meanwhile, your brain hurts from over thinking. Your butt is numb from over sitting. And by now, you’ve managed to sweat right through that crisp, new white shirt you bought just for today.

“Just hire me already!” You think.

Not so fast. There’s still one thing left to do:

Walk out of that interview in a blaze of glory.

Topics: Interviewing

What to do if a company asks for your Facebook password in a job interview

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July 31, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

How to respond when faced with "Shoulder Surfing"

By Joshua Waldman 

imageImagine you’ve been on the job market for about six months. You are paying your mortgage on your credit cards at this point. Your unemployment benefits are about to run out and your job prospects remain dismal, no matter what you seem to do.

Finally, you land a killer opportunity, pass the phone screen and show up to an interview with a hiring manager. Just as you think you’re about to close the deal, she spins her computer screen around and asks you to login to your Facebook account.

What do you do?

Topics: Interviewing

How to send a resume by e-mail

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July 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Sending your resume by e-mail may sound like the simplest part of the job search, but beware.

By Lisa Vaas

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It sounds simple: You learn about a job opening and prepare electronic copies of your resume and cover letter to make your case for an interview.

Not so fast, though: Clicking the "Send" button is may send your document straight to a spam folder for unwanted e-mail. Here's how to increase the odds your resume will be read by a recruiter or hiring manager.

Topics: Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters

10 good ways to 'Tell me about yourself'

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July 22, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

'If Hollywood made a movie about my life, it would be called...' and nine more memorable answers to this dreaded job interview question.

By Scott Ginsberg

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You know it’s coming.

It’s the most feared question during any job interview: Do you think I would look good in a cowboy hat?

Just kidding. The real question is: Can you tell me about yourself?

Blecch. What a boring, vague, open-ended question. Who likes answering that?

I know. I’m with you. But unfortunately, hiring managers and recruiters ask the question. Even if you’re not interviewing and you’re out networking in the community — you need to be ready to hear it and answer it. At all times.

Topics: Interviewing, Networking

Five qualities that all great leaders share

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July 15, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have a few common denominators. 

By Ken Sundheim 

The most effective leaders are the individuals who can transform a good firm into a great company.  They are the people who continually push their subordinates to become better, more engaged employees and allow them to adapt to changes in the corporate landscape.  

Instead of suppressing new ideas and ignoring innovation, they encourage creative thinking, open collaboration and individual growth.  They reward the employees who deserve recognition instead of promoting the “yes men” who simply agree with them.

Regardless of industry or company size, studies have shown that the best bosses share common traits that lead to consistent success. Below, you’ll find five of these qualities.

 

Topics: Professional Development