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From time to time we post new cover letter articles for you. This page covers 'How to Write a Winning Resume', 'The Resume - a Stepping Stone to an Interview' and 'How to Write a Resume Cover Letter'. Read the guidelines below: The tips mentioned here may not yet covered eleswhere.
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How to Write a Winning Resume

November 26, 2007

Filed under: Cover Letters — Michael @ 3:40 pm

Everybody knows that having an effective resume is the first step to landing the perfect job. Many interviewers will sort through dozens or perhaps even hundreds of resumes before they began the interview process. It is often easy for your resume to get lost in the crowd whenever so many are passing underneath their noses. For this reason, it is necessary to have a resume that stands out from the rest so that you can truly get noticed. Believe me, there is nothing more important to landing an interview that will get you a job than having a resume that shines above the rest.

The first part of any successful resume is the cover letter. Many people make the mistake of using a cookie cutter cover letter for all of their resumes. They may go after a dozen or more jobs and each of them receive the same exact letter of introduction. Yes, that is actually what the cover letter accomplishes. It introduces you to the interviewer and helps to overcome the hurdle of getting them to notice what is on the inside of your resume. Don’t make the mistake of sending them a resume that is not personalized. Take a few minutes and really go over your cover letter and rewrite it to the extent that they will feel as if you are taking an interest in them and the company personally. This will help them to remember your resume and it may even help it to move to the top of the stack.

You’re winning resume will basically consist of three sections. The first section is where you will go over some of your accomplishments that may or may not be directly related to the job that you are trying to land. What it will do is to show your interviewer that you are a go getter. The second section will appeal primarily with your experience and any reasons why they would want to hire you for that particular position. The third section is where you will put such things as references.

By pulling all of these things together successfully into your resume you will have one that will really get read and that will help you to overcome the problem of receiving an interview. If you are called in for an interview, you can believe that your resume was a success and you should tuck it to the side for future reference.

The Resume - a Stepping Stone to an Interview

November 23, 2007

Filed under: Cover Letters — Michael @ 4:33 pm

Most people consider the resume to be a means to an end.  They find a job that they want to pursue and they offer their resume and hope to land the job.  The resume is simply a stepping stone that leads to the interview but it is not a stepping stone that should be overlooked.  The real job will be landed by the interview that you give but your resume will help to warm up your audience, so to speak. In this way, they will know you as a person before you ever walk through their door.  Using your resume to effectively introduce yourself is one way that you can make sure that your interview goes smoothly from the very start.

The first thing that you need to make sure that you do is to write an effective cover letter.  You can not expect someone that has dozens or perhaps even hundreds of resumes on their desk to look at yours any differently than the others without an effective cover letter.  In a sense, your cover letter will help to pre-introduce you to your interviewer and if you write a good cover letter it will have several immediate results.  Not only will it help them to look at your resume a little more closely, it will also help them to have a personal relationship with you simply because of your introduction.  That is why it is so vitally important that you connect with the interviewer on a one to one basis and that you specifically write each cover letter for any new resume that you submit.

Once the interviewer is into the meat of your resume, they will begin to know your qualifications by what you have written.  Make sure that you do not over embellish on the resume or else they will be able to find out rather quickly.  If they do not discover the fact that you lied to them before they hire you, it may come back to bite you in the end.  It is important, therefore, that you write out your resume in such a way that it makes you look qualified for the job simply using your actual qualifications.

Getting into the interview is where you will land the job.  Before you come into the interview, however, there are many things that will go on behind closed doors.  By the effective use of a resume, including the cover letter, you will ensure that the interview will go your way from the very beginning.

How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

November 17, 2007

Filed under: Cover Letters — Michael @ 3:46 pm

How many of you would walk up to a complete stranger and began telling them personal things about yourself? This is not something that is done because people do not like to hear things about you when they do not know who you are. The same would be true whenever you are submitting a resume to a new company. The people that will be reading your resume do not know you and in order for them to read your resume properly you will need to have some form of introduction available. That is the purpose of the resume cover letter. It basically introduces you to somebody that does not know you and will help them to read your resume in the proper light. An effective resume cover letter will not only help to introduce you to the reader, it will help to move your resume to the top of the stack. Here are some suggestions on how to write a resume cover letter that will get results.

A resume cover letter is basically just a formal letter that will serve to introduce you to the reader. It can be written in letter format, which most people are familiar with. The purpose of a cover letter is not to push your self on to the individual or to use blatant self-promotion. Your attached resume will do a fine job of giving your credentials to the reader. What you are attempting to do, however, is to give them a well rounded idea of who you are and what you stand for. There are some things, however, that you can’t do in order to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Some people have difficult times writing resume cover letters. There are some great online guides as well as resume cover letter templates that will help you to make yours in the proper format. For those that want something a little bit simpler, there are also some software systems that will ask you for some basic information about yourself and then we’ll generate a cover letter for you. These typically do a very nice job and with a little bit of personalization you can have yourself a winning cover letter. Let’s talk a little bit about personalization.

You should not use the same cover letter for every company with which you are going to submit your resume. The reason is that people will be able to tell that you have not really put any work into personalizing it. If you add a little bit about the companies for which you are applying, speak of the position available and perhaps even address it to the individual that will be reading it then you will have a truly valuable possession. Not only will this cover letter be read by the person checking the resumes, it will help to get them to look at your resume more deeply as they will feel more of a connection to you than if you simply submitted a stock resume cover letter.

Using a Resume Cover Letter Template

November 12, 2007

Filed under: Cover Letters — Michael @ 1:55 pm

The process of using a resume cover letter template is actually a bit of an art form.  This is because you will need to know a little bit about what it takes to have a successful cover letter, and then to be able to edit out any noise that is included in the template.  Resume cover letter templates are an excellent way to get your resume read.  There are some reasons, however, that you would want to edit out some of the information and perhaps add in some more.  Here’s what goes into writing a successful resume cover letter and how using a resume cover letter template can help you in your first step to a successful career.

A resume cover letter template will basically have everything that is necessary in order to have a successful cover letter.  They will be lacking in some things, however.  With a little bit of work and some research you will be able to write a cover letter that will not only get the attention of the reader, it will help to move your resume to the top of the stack.  There is only one word that you need to know in order to successfully modify the template that is available.  That word is personalization.

Humans have a need to connect with people on a one-to-one basis.  This is true whether they are standing in front of a person, face-to-face, or if they are reading about somebody in a book or even in a resume cover letter.  If you are using a resume cover letter template you will have to make sure that after you put it together successfully, that you add some personalization to it in one way or another.  For example, you would not want to use the same cover letter for two different jobs simply because you should mention not only the business but perhaps even the individual who will be reading your resume and a cover letter.  This shows initiative and also helps to foster some kind of personal feelings on behalf of the reader.

Yes, it is possible to use a resume cover letter template right out of the box but you will find much more success if you take a little bit of time to personalize it and make it your own.  Then for each company which you submit your resume you will be able to tweak it just a little bit in order to have a new cover letter that is specifically generated for the new company.

Internal Interview Secrets

November 5, 2007

Filed under: Cover Letters — Michael @ 12:53 am

Interviewing is not always about going to a new company; at times we may need to take an interview just to stay within the same company. This is generally the case when we work for a large corporation and may be going from one position into another or from one department to another. The rules are somewhat the same as when you are taking an interview someplace new with just a few differences. Here are some general guidelines to help you over the hump and to land that new position.

When you go for a new job at the same company you may be required to provide a resume. This should be the same as if you were going for work at a new company. Pay particular attention to the cover letter as it will help to break the ice with the interviewer and may help to get your resume noticed over and above all of the others. Write up a new cover letter for this interview as well, make it personalized for the particular position you are trying to get. The extra effort that you put into your cover letter will help you in the long run.

Most companies have their own personality, so to speak. This is often caused by the upper management’s personal feelings on how business should be run filtering down through the company. Use this to your benefit as it will help you to know how to answer specific questions about the company. You will no doubt be asked questions that will be pointed to help them to know your feelings on specific company matters. Be prepared for these and answer so that they see you are a “team player” and will fit into the position smoothly.

Do you know the person who is in charge of interviewing for that department? Don’t be surprised if they bring in an outside interviewer to handle the positions that change within the company. This is often the case so that people are not just given the job before the interviews are finished. Be prepared for this or you could end up nervous and that would show.

Often your current supervisor can do the most good for you by giving you a great report ahead of time. A lot of weight is carried by this sort of thing and you would have a much better chance of success if they put in a good word for you. These are just a few things that can help you to land that job, and to move up in your company.

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