Friday, 4 July 2014

Writing Your Cover Letter To Get A JOb

As a career counselor, career coach, career guidance professional, and HR professional who has hired or placed 1,250+ individuals, this question surfaces again and again in client discussion.

Clean up your Facebook page. Employers absolutely check you out on Facebook (and MySpace and any other social networking site that's popular in your industry). Make sure your profile is free of red flags-such as underage drinking, nudity, drugs or excessive profanity-that would indicate you might not be the most desirable employee.

Alcohol is a tricky one. If your interviewer takes a glass of wine during lunch, what should you do? Always err on the side of caution and opt for sparkling water or a soft drink instead.

Describe in detail the job you are seeking. Ask for career advice questionnaire uk, as well as any leads to job opportunities. Never forget, everybody likes to be ask for advice.

How is this possible exactly? Great question and an even better answer. They ignore what the "Jones" are trying to do and keep up only with what makes their employees happy, thereby making them a wholly successful company. Lets ask some of the Gaians and see how this works, and lets see if any companies out there can try to follow along.

Your supervisor and other colleagues are not making direct eye contact with you as often as they once did. You are not invited to the coffee breaks. You are lunching alone.

Okay, you stocked shelves. Did you also, say, run equipment? Bringing the boxes out to the floor, were you operating a palate jack? Stocking the boxes on the palate, did you bend your knees - in other words, were you safe on the job? In the same light, when you were on the floor, did you take time to put out signs over a spill or outright clean them - again, safety conscious.

An online job career may not be easy to start initially, but it can lead to financial freedom, if you put in some hard work, professionalism and, determination. How much you earn will be totally up to you as it will totally be dependent on the number of hours you do work!

Follow up - All your networking efforts will grow cold if you don't follow up. By 9am the next day, pop them an email. State that the conversation and connection you made was interesting. End the email with a question, such as, "How do you like working there?" Keep the dialog rolling.

The point is there is no reason everything should fall on the person who once did the tasks. That was then, but this is now. It's time to brainstorm options and find new ways to distribute the home workload. Workingwomen deserve rest and relaxation time, too.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

How to Write a Cover Letter

How to write a Cover letter is a question that I get asked time and time again and as always I answer this question with a “depends who your sending it to”.  As per my previous articles, I would honestly not waste your time sending a cover letter to a recruitment company as they will not read it, however if you want to send your CV to a company then a cover letter can work well. 
Its important to remember that a CV is like a 20 second interview, and a cover letter is like a 10 second interview as realistically that’s all the time that someone will spend reading them.  In that 10 seconds you need to make sure that your cover letter has sufficient impact to make the reader want to know more about you.
A cover letter should not just repeat what you are about to state in your CV but be a focused sales pitch with the result that it gives the reader the firm impression that you are the right candidate for this job.

Do your Research
Before you start writing your cover letter you will need to do some research.  If your not going to target your cover letter to a specific company and opportunity then in all honesty, don’t bother writing it in the first place.  The best way to do this research in on the internet and a quick search for the companies website will give you all the information on what the company does and who their competitors are.  You can then use this information in your cover letter which will show an employer that you are interested in working for this specific company.

To who it may it may concern
When writing your cover letter you need to make sure that you address it to the right person.  Using “dear hiring manager” or “to who it may concern” is really not acceptable this days and you should not use this.  You also do no want to your email or letter going to the wrong person and therefore not getting the result that you deserve.
If you are applying to a job advertised online, there will usually be a contact name on the advert which you should use.  If you are sending your CV to a company that is not advertising a specific job then most likely you will not know the name of who to send your CV to .  In this case you need to try your best to find it.  There are many tools out there to help you, such as LinkedIn (See this article for finding names of people you are not connected to), Facebook, and other social programs.  You can also pick up the telephone and ask who is the best person to send your CV to.

When you write your Cover letter, you should begin it with the following:
Dear Mr Smith – If you know the name of the person and its a man. 
Dear Mrs Smith – If you know the name of the person and she is female and married.
Dear Ms Smith – If you know the name of the person and she is female but your unsure on the marital status.
Dear Sir / Madam – If you have tried your hardest and you really cannot find someone specific to send it to.

First Paragraph
As I have mentioned previously, a cover letter is a 10 second interview and therefore you need to keep your paragraphs short and to the point.  The first paragraph needs to be straight to the point on why you are writing and what for.  If you are applying to an advert that is online then it can be a good idea to mention that you “saw the advert online” 

Second Paragraph
Here you need the answer the question – Why should I be interested in looking at your CV or speaking further with you?  
You need to briefly describe your academic and professional qualifications and how these are relevant to the position that you are applying for.  You also need to emphasize what you can do for the company and what your goals are in life.  Make sure that your put work related goals down and not your social goals.  I don’t care that you goal is to become a chief when your applying for a Finance role.
You will also need to tailor this section as much as possible to a specific company using the research that you completed earlier.  You could mention things like “I noticed on your website that you built the company using teams and not individual performances, I am a team player as proven by my ……..”

Third Paragraph
Use this section to outline your desire to meet them in person for a personal interview at their convenience.  Some job adverts will require you to include your salary requirements.  My advice is not to put down your salary options as this will narrow your options.  If you are looking for 20K and the employer really wants to find someone with a salary of 19K, most likely your CV will go in the bin.  

Sign off
When you are signing off your cover letter use “yours sincerely” and if your writing a letter, remember to both print your name and sign it.