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How to Write a Cover Letter - Amy Gallo

How to Write a Cover Letter - Amy Gallo
No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know where to start. Indeed, in an age of digital communication, many might question whether you even need a cover letter anymore. What the Experts SayThe answer is yes. Do your research firstBefore you start writing, find out more about the company and the specific job you want. Open strong“People typically write themselves into the letter with ‘I’m applying for X job that I saw in Y place.’ If you have a personal connection with the company or someone who works there, also mention it in the first sentence or two. Emphasize your personal valueHiring managers are looking for people who can help them solve problems. Convey enthusiasmMake it clear why you want the position. Principles to Remember Do:

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Killer Cover Letter Tips for Your Job Search 103inShare377 Writing a cover letter for your dream job, but don’t know where to start? It’s a common problem. Many people are so intimidated by having to write a cover letter they skip it completely — which can be a mistake: It’s your first opportunity to make a stellar impression with anything but your resume, which can be dry. Your cover letter has to be excellent to make a good impression. If you include these five elements in your letter, you’re almost guaranteed job-hunting success. Google's Scientific Approach to Work-Life Balance (and Much More) - Laszlo Bock More than 65 years ago in Massachusetts, doctors began a longitudinal study that would transform our understanding of heart disease. The Framingham Heart Study, which started with more than 5,000 people and continues to this day, has become a data source for not just heart disease, but also for insights about weight loss (adjusting your social network helps people lose weight), genetics (inheritance patterns), and even happiness (living within a mile of a happy friend has a 25% chance of making you happier). Upon reading about the study, I wondered if the idea of such long-term research could be attempted in another field that touches all of us: work.

Ask The Headhunter: How (not) to use a resume Don’t apply for a job by submitting your resume. But if you must send one, here’s how to do it right. Image by Flickr user Olivier Charavel. Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979, and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community over the past decade. In this special Making Sense edition of Ask The Headhunter, Nick shares insider advice and contrarian methods about winning and keeping the right job, on one condition: that you, dear Making Sense reader, send Nick your questions about your personal challenges with job hunting, interviewing, networking, resumes, job boards, or salary negotiations. No guarantees — just a promise to do his best to offer useful advice. The Best Cover Letter I Ever Received - David Silverman by David Silverman | 1:18 PM June 15, 2009 In my last post I talked about how to make your résumé more likely to catch the attention of a hiring manager. As a follow up, I’d like to discuss cover letters. Here’s my basic philosophy on them: don’t bother. That’s because the cover letters I see usually fall into one of three categories: The recap: The résumé in prose form.

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Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything Photography: Courtesy of the artist and the Wallace Trust Artwork: Sara Hughes, Download, 2005, acrylic on linen, 1.5 m x 1.5 m, Wallace Trust Collection Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start selling as hard as you can. And somewhere in this sequence of events, you’ll probably suffer a fatal setback. Cover letter writing advice: How to write a cover letter for an entry-level media job Photo by Thinkstock Over the last five years, I’ve read something like 500 applications for entry-level media jobs. Over time, I’ve spotted many talented people, including a number of recent college graduates who are now valued Slate employees. Slate is a small company, so when it’s time to make a hire, a list of three great HR-approved candidates does not magically appear on my desk.

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