Cover Letter Confessions

Let me have a confessional moment here first: I hate cover letters. My clients hate cover letters. Some employers don’t even read them (probably because they hate them, too.) (and many (even most?) recruiters don’t want them, though always check) Sometimes, they can make a difference in getting noticed though.  And it’s IMPOSSIBLE to know how much the cover letter (and it’s style and content) will, or will not, matter to any given reader/company. That THAT’S why we all hate them. All those unknowns. (and they are a lot of work for all that unknown impact, too!) They’re a lot Read More

Writing an Attention-Getting Cover Letter

  YES, you HAVE to include a cover letter with EVERY resume you submit.     I get asked that a lot, and wish I could give you the answer you probably want!   Writing cover letters doesn’t have to be hard – (yes, really!)  ( I can help you make it much, much easier, though.)   But they do need to grab attention.   Here’s the overall goal – come up with something that the reader of umpteen-million cover letters doesn’t see come across her desk umpteen-million times a day.  Of course, whatever you say should actually be true!   Here’s Read More

Test Your Job Search Know-How

  No need for test anxiety, it’ll be short, sweet, and sorta fun little quiz! Or at least painless, I promise . . . AND – At the end,  you WIN a nice, useful prize  😀   Pencils ready?  You may begin:   1)      What is an “e-resume”? A)     An “everything” resume – almost like a garbage style pizza or one of those bagels with all t he seeds, it’s a  CV (curriculum vitae) resume version that includes it ALL, back to your high school activities and middle school GPA B)       An “electronic resume” – though I don’t know what that Read More