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Be the “Big Fish” in the Great Sea of Job Applicants . . .

  Here are some tips on how little details can make a big impression:   Tailor/customize your cover letter & resume to the specifics in the job posting.  Yes this is extra work for you, but if it’s a job you are really interested in, the extra effort is worthwhile.  Match your language to the language of the advertisement.  For example, if the job posting stated they wanted a teacher or two years of teaching experience, I’d use the words “taught” “instructed” in my cover letter/resume more often than I would say “trained” or “facilitated”, even though all words are Read More





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7 Transferable Skills – and How To Talk About Them

Regardless of your field, there are several key skills that almost any job requires or values.  They are skills that translate from one type of job into another, regardless of the industry or type of environment. Especially when you want to shift from one job title, department, or field to another, knowing how to market yourself for a new position by focusing on your transferable skills is vital!   Here are a few examples of what are often called ‘transferable skills’ that are valuable to most any employer: Written and verbal communication Computer skills – general familiarity with the internet, a Read More





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Part III: What I Learned From Applying for (and Turning Down) a Job Offer to be a Contract Resume Writer for a Large Job Search Website

  Part III:  Evaluating the Company and Job Offer Recently I stumbled upon a job posting for a Contract Resume Writer position with a large online job search services website that shall remain nameless.  Find out how I came to find this opportunity and why I went ahead and applied for it  by requesting the cover letter (as a sample with strategy commentary just for you!) I sent in for this position. This experience was really just a strong, first-hand rerun of things I already knew but just hadn’t had happen directly TO me in awhile.  I’m so glad I did this because it Read More





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Part II: What I Learned From Applying for (and Turning Down) a Job Offer to be a Contract Resume Writer for a Large Job Search Website

  Part II:  Interviewing and the Interview-er Recently I stumbled upon a job posting for a Contract Resume Writer position with a large online job search services website that shall remain nameless.  Find out how I came to find this opportunity and why I went ahead and applied for it  by requesting the cover letter (as a sample with strategy commentary just for you!) I sent in for this position. This experience was really just a strong, first-hand rerun of things I already knew but just hadn’t had happen directly TO me in awhile.  I’m so glad I did this because it turned out Read More





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Interview Tips: Past Post Picks

  Welcome to the 2nd blog installment of Interview August Tips!   This month’s theme continues after last weeks free audio mp3 Interview Skills Tips class offer kicked us off!  This week I collected the best of the best; I actually already have 23 posts in the Interview Tips category of this blog. Feel free to read them all! Since some of those posts are more concentrated on interview tips while others mention a useful tidbit in a post with another main theme, I thought I’d select my top 5 posts focused on the Interview August theme:     Top Read More