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What Makes A Great Cover Letter, According To Companies?

What Makes A Great Cover Letter, According To Companies?
Advertisement Ah, the dreaded cover letter. Boring to write, difficult to get right, and you’re usually preoccupied by other things (such as the portfolio and resume, which are also really important). Unfortunately, your cover letter is a company’s first exposure to you, and it determines whether your application is trashed or fast-tracked to the company’s to-hire list. The status of the cover letter is changing in the Web industry. While a well-formed cover letter still has a place, some companies believe that Web folk who rely on this archaic tool never make it to the next round. You may be interested in the following related posts: The Old Way: Copy, Paste… Personality-Free Anyone who has ever recruited for a job has received “that letter.” No Sirs or Madams! Addressing an actual person is so important. We trash generic inquiries (i.e. form letters) automatically. I want to click delete if I see “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To whom it may concern.” Bcc Is Not Your Friend We’ve all done it.

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How to stand out with your covering letter Your covering letter links your CV to the specific requirements of the job and the company. But rather than repeating information from your CV, grab the attention of the hiring manager by highlighting and expanding on relevant personality traits, strengths and experience. Make it personal Say why you want the job and/or why you're keen to work for the organisation. HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume Dan Schawbel is the author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success, and owner of the award winning Personal Branding Blog. Social media resumes are important for attracting hiring managers directly to you, without you having to submit your resume, blindly, to them. The problem with submitting your resume online to job postings is that most job postings aren't even vacant, might not exist, and 80% of jobs offers are received through networking. With a social media resume, you're able to paint a completely different portrait of yourself for hiring managers and customize it to reflect your personal brand. With the inclusion of various multimedia elements, sharing options, integrated social networking feeds and the same elements you'd find in a traditional resume, you are better equipped for success. Social media has allowed us to reverse the recruiting process.

Lloyd Morgan » Lloyd Morgan My film watching has slowed considerably of late, but those films that I have seen since mid-to-late January have been unusually good (give or take the odd bad apple). Here, take a peak: Beerfest The problem with Beerfest (and Broken Lizard in general) is, in my opinion, Super Troopers. If you start your comedy career creating a cult-classic, pretty much everything else you do is going to have to either live up to that or be better.

Twitter in PPT Speakers and presenters at conferences are increasingly finding their audience live tweeting during their presentation. In most cases, the presenter has no clue about what the audience is saying on Twitter. This leads to a disconnect between the true thoughts of the audience in contrast with that of the presenter. In order to avoid such scenarios, you can incorporate Twitter within your PowerPoint presentation both to be an active participant as well as to gather feedback from the audience.

Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it) For the next few months I will be posting the “best of the best” Professor is in blog posts on the job market, for the benefit of all those girding their loins for the 2013-2014 market. Today’s post was originally published in 2011. I’ve now read about two thousand more job letters than I mention here. All the advice still applies. In my 15 years as a faculty member I served on approximately 11 search committees. Some of these search committees I chaired.

10 Free Professional HTML and CSS CV/Resume Templates There are quite literally hundreds upon hundreds of free CV or resume templates readily available to download out in the deep recesses of the web, available in every conceivable format and covering every possible profession. These templates are OK, they are professional enough, but there are two things that these templates lack – originality and creativity – not one will present you in a way that sets you apart from the rest, something that all potential recruiters will be looking for first. All of the HTML and CSS templates below all look good and professional as is, but with a little bit of personalized creative styling, they will have the chance to look amazing and original, allowing you to present yourself to your future employer in a manner that is not only professional but, more importantly, will allow your creative flair to come to the fore-front. Resumé Template by Jonno Riekwel

September 2010 I recently got a brief that requires me to create a creative CV/Resume for college, I found a lot of reference material, too much to put into a notebook so I set up this blog to display my findings. Enjoy! Chapter 11 Figure 11-1. Community of inquiry. In a work on teaching presence, Anderson, Rourke, Archer, and Garrison (2001) delineated three critical roles that a teacher performs in the process of creating an effective teaching presence.

here’s an example of a great cover letter A reader recently sent me one of the best cover letters I’ve ever seen, and she nicely agreed to allow me to reprint it here in case it inspires anyone else. Note: Don’t steal this letter or even parts of it. The reason this letter works is because it’s so customized to the writer’s situation and the job she’s applying for. The idea here is inspiration, not copying! Here’s some background from the writer before we get to the letter itself:

Public Relations Matters » Blog Archive » Social Media Resume Assignment Due: April 28 by 11:59pm in GeorgiaVIEW Worth: 200 points Social Media Resume Assignment 30 Artistic and Creative Résumés In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis. So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds of applications? The best way to do this is in the design of your resume. Assuming that you have the skills that they’re looking for, a striking and visually appealing resume will go a long way at getting you the creative job that you want. In the worst case scenario, it will at least buy you a few seconds by catching the eye of a recruiter and may become the difference between getting hired or not.