How to write a great cover letter

Posted by Guest Contributor

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

6 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 11, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Incorporate these tips into your job search and your employer will be none the wiser.

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As anyone who’s looked for a new job can attest, the job search is a job in itself. In fact, experts recommend that employed job seekers spend at least 15 hours a week on their job search (for the unemployed, it’s 30+!). Employed job seekers have the challenge of juggling a full-time job and a time-consuming search without causing any waves at work. If it’s time to leave your current job and find your next opportunity, use these tips to successfully conduct your job hunt on the sly. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Putting the “hunt” in job hunt with decent tools for the job

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Like any hunt, your job hunt needs good tools for a good outcome.  

And if you find yourself feeling like you're wandering aimlessly across a bleak and vast horizon of endless tundra... then, yep, you're in the middle of a modern job hunt, and you don't have the right tools. It can feel hopeless.

We'd like to help.  

So we've built something special for you.

Our new feature -- the Track page -- helps you land your next job by keeping you informed of everything going on in your job search.

Importantly, this means keeping you informed not just about what you've done, but what the recruiter has done with your resume. 

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Attire for interviewing on the sly

Posted by Guest Contributor

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

Posted by Guest Contributor

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

The numbers that matter in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 05, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

A by-the-numbers look at how you should be job searching.

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You don’t need me to tell you that there’s a lot of job advice available on the web these days. A few clicks of the mouse, and you’re sure to find thousands of articles on every single job-search topic, from writing your resume to negotiating your salary. With so much information available at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know what to pay attention to. Below I’ve gathered some of the most solid job-hunt statistics around to help you develop an effective strategy for your search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

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

Posted by Guest Contributor

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

Posted by Guest Contributor

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

Employers hiring in August

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 04, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

We have almost eighty thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter