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What Makes A Great Cover Letter, According To Companies? - Smashing Magazine

What Makes A Great Cover Letter, According To Companies? - Smashing Magazine
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. Related:  CV and applications

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. The chances of that are obviously pretty slim, and with Beerfest they were way off. Knocked Up Not your typical straight-laced comedy, Knocked Up definitely doesn’t fit into the ‘teen movie’ genre, even though it comes from the same team that wrote and produced Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Sunshine (2007) One of the most impressive science fiction films I’ve had the pleasure to watch in a long time. The Simpsons Movie Blasphemous, I know – but in my opinion The Simpsons definitely didn’t translate well to the big screen. Juno 10 Items or Less Away From Her

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. Perhaps you're a perfect match for the role, or you're impressed by the company's reputation for great products, services or innovation. In a recent Q&A, Scott Davidson underlines the importance of research before you start writing. Adam Kaveney adds further advice: "The real chance to stand out is to find an interesting angle. Your covering letter is a great opportunity to let your personality shine through, he says. Eliminate waffle and buzzwords Avoid weak phrases like "I believe I have the necessary background and experience." Write as you normally speak to make your letter sound both professional and human.

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! 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: I’ve been out of work (but doing freelancing) for the last several years since my company closed. Got a call a couple of days later, and it was the guy from the ad who said, “You should know that you get the award for best cover letter ever.” There’s your background. Dear ___, As soon as I saw your posting for a ____, I knew it was the perfect position for me – and that I was the perfect solution for you. As you will see from the attached resume, I’ve worn a lot of different hats. While writing is my passion, project management is my bread and butter.

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. In this article, we’ll take a look at 30 creative resumes that can inspire you to think outside the box when designing your own resume. This post is sponsored by Sensational Jobs, the job board for designers. Which ones were your favorites?

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. In my 15 years as a faculty member I served on approximately 11 search committees. Estimating that each search brought in an average of 200 applications (a conservative estimate for a field like Anthropology, a generous estimate for a much smaller field like East Asian Languages and Literatures), that means I have read approximately 2200 job applications. That means I’ve read 2200 job cover letters. I’ve also read the cover letters of my own students, and a passel of Ph.D. students who came to me for advice, as well as a large number of clients since opening The Professor is In (as of July 2012 let’s say 600). So let’s say I’ve read 2400 (2800) job cover letters. What’s up with that? 1. 2.

The Mind Trick That Will Change the Way You Write Cover Letters Forever Finally. You found it. The dreamiest dream job that ever waltzed into existence. And you're ready to apply. You sit down to craft your cover letter, and the primary thought in your mind is: I hope they choose me. I really want this job. Anxiety floods your body, triggering a rush of paralyzing thoughts and questions: Am I good enough? What pours out of your fingertips goes something like this: Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to inform you of my interest in applying for the position of social media director at Save the Dolphins. You stop mid-sentence, realizing that your cover letter sounds totally depressing and awkward. The good news? Pretend. Pretend that the person you're writing to already loves and respects you. This person already gets what makes you great. You could even pretend that you just received an email from your soon-to-be boss, saying: Hey, since you're practically already part of the family, we'd all love to learn a little more about you! We're so curious! [Your name here]

Five top tips for using job boards effectively Make sure you don't delay by being first to get your application in. Photograph: John Giles/PA In theory, nothing could be simpler than applying for a vacancy via a job board. You can browse thousands of great opportunities from the comfort of your home. When you spot a good match, it's just a case of sending off your CV. But with competition so fierce, employers are often swamped by CVs and have little time to read each one in detail. Understand the process Whether you're uploading your CV onto a database so it can be found by recruiters and employers, or applying for a specific vacancy, expect your CV to be "read" by software for relevancy. For this reason, your CV will need to pass the first hurdle of "suitability" – many fail to make the first cut because they're not relevant or targeted enough to the role. Show you've made an effort Prove to a recruiter that you've read the job description and that your CV reflects the role requirements. A good layout also shows you've made an effort.

Why do you want to work for us? Confident interview answers “What attracts you to this company and why is this graduate scheme right for you?” They’re the tricky questions you want to get right; fail and you can kiss your entry-level career goodbye. The reasons for choosing to work for someone are varied: reputation, training, the organisation’s products or services, its ethos, location, people, opportunities for experience and progression… any of these are valid criteria for selecting one recruiter in favour of another. Frankly, so are pay and benefits, although you wouldn’t say so to an employer and it’s unlikely that one organisation would pay enough over average to the extent it’s a deal-breaker. The more your reasons are based upon some genuine research, the more convincing you’ll be to an employer. Made enough effort to compare the apprenticeship or graduate programme with competitor schemes? All of the above are important. "Why work for us?” You may be asked “Why do you want to work for us?” Examples of why-work-here-style questions

Advice article - Turn the tables: questions to ask at an interview When your half-hour interrogation at the hands of the interviewer is at an end it is your turn to pose the questions. The interview is a two-way process and inevitably, you will be asked if you have any questions. Obviously you are out to impress the interviewer with your capabilities and potential to do the job but it is equally important to get the information needed to establish if you want to work for the company. Never pass up the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions. If you do, not only will you miss out on gaining useful additional information, but you will seem disinterested, passive and, worst of all, lacking the intelligence to think of any! It is important that your questions display common sense and are not just asked for the sake of it. Here are some examples of questions you can ask in these areas: The organisation -Where does the company stand in the market in relation to it competitors? The role -Where will I be based?

How To Find Fulfilling Work: 6 Practical Lessons The idea of fulfilling work — a job that reflects our passions, talents and values — is a modern invention. Open Dr Johnson's celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and the word 'fulfilment' doesn't even appear. But today our expectations are higher, which helps explain why job satisfaction has declined to a record low of 47% in the US, and is even lower in Europe. If you count yourself amongst those who are unhappy in their job, or at least have that occasional niggling feeling that your work and self are out of alignment, how are you supposed to go about finding a meaningful career? Here are six pieces of essential wisdom drawn from some of the best brains in the field. 1. First, a consoling thought: being confused about career choice is perfectly normal and utterly understandable. Then add to this our in-built aversion to risk. 2. Many people are enticed by personality tests, which claim to be able to assess your character then point you towards a job that is just right for you.