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7 Tips for Writing the Best Cover Letter

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Here’s a fact — more and more employers ask for cover letters from their job applicants.

And here’s another thing — most job seekers quit applying to posts asking for cover letters.

They do this for several reasons.

Some don’t know what and how to write, some don’t want to invest the time, and others are just lazy.

If you are not part of the quitting category and want to try your best, here are seven useful tips on how to come up with an impressive cover letter. Click Here to Read Article …

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7 LinkedIn Mistakes To Avoid

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LinkedIn has become a pivotal tool when searching for a job and offers users multiple benefits.

Your LinkedIn presence is becoming more and more crucial.

A respectable presence on the Internet is required as internal and external recruiters use it to source their talent.

In this day and age, it is an honest matter of brand or be branded.

If you fail to follow the best practices of a successful job search with LinkedIn professionals, they will assume: Click Here to Read Article …

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7 Ways to Network on LinkedIn

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Getting to know people in real life may be easy, but connecting with complete strangers online in hopes of gaining something from the exchange can be quite challenging.

It’s funny how every other advice-giver seems to love saying, “Make sure you network,” or “Try building connections,” without offering other pieces of crucial information concerning how on earth to do that!

The advice, it seems, is usually incomplete.

Every other Bob and Barbara knows that the networking game plays a major role when it comes to professions or career advancement.

What they can’t seem to figure out is how to approach a random stranger online and actually get them to trust what they have to say. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Handle a Career Transition

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Depending on why you are choosing, or have chosen, to switch careers you may be facing a variety of emotions — but it’s a safe bet that they will include both exhilaration and trepidation.

Finding your feet in a new field can take time.

That’s why it’s a good idea to lay the groundwork by taking at least one course that relates to the area you plan to work in, even if you’re just moving within a certain field.

Not only will this help acquaint you with any legal and professional issues you need to be across, it will also inform you about practices and information that might, at the beginning, be unfamiliar.

It’s important to choose a study program carefully and wisely. Online courses are very popular now, as they are flexible and can be fitted in around other commitments.

Use a good, comprehensive resource and make sure that you select a course that meets your needs and goals. Embarking on a period of study is also a great way to connect with others who will also be entering your chosen field, via online professional forums connected with the subject. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 3/3)

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Dear Reader: This is the third in a series of posts on properly showcasing your freelance experience on a resume.

In previous posts, we’ve established first that freelance work can be regarded with suspicion.

We also learned it’s possible to combat this by demonstrating the skills you’ve developed during your freelance career.

Today, we’ll firm up ways to do this, looking, specifically, at the functional resume, and comparing it to the chronological resume. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 2/3)

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In the first of our series on effectively relating freelance experience on resumes, we looked at some of the red flags employers see in such experience.

One of the ideas we stressed was that you can get around these red flags.

The way to do this is by assuring the employer that you’ve developed the skills he or she is looking for.

Here, in part two, we take a look at how to do just that. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 1/3)

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If you’re a freelancer thinking of crossing over into the world of traditional employment, or if you straddle both worlds, you have to think about presenting self-employment on your resume.

One might be tempted to take an “it-is-what-it-is” approach, just plopping the experience into your resume.

But because working at home or running a business of any kind is different from being part of an organization, employers have their own particular ways of looking at such work on someone’s resume.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll present a series on ways to incorporate your freelance work onto your resume.

Today’s post will focus on some of the potential red flags that employers sometimes perceive. Click Here to Read Article …

Want to Seem Smart? Don’t Try

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Have you ever tried throwing in a few big words during a job interview or meeting in the hopes that it would make you seem smarter?

If you were lucky, your imaginative use of synonyms got you the job or earned you the respect of your coworkers.

But it’s more likely that you were left feeling slightly foolish and have since banished words like verisimilitude or pusillanimous from your everyday vocabulary.

So why is this?

Contrary to the popular notion that using bigger words can make us sound smarter, research shows that the more effort we put into looking smart, the less intelligent we’ll actually appear to those around us. Click Here to Read Article …

Considering a Career Change? Avoid These 7 Mistakes

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They say the grass is not always greener on the other side, and in many cases, this may be true.

Similarly, we may think our current career as a bunch of baloney and another career (which we have long been daydreaming about) as something that is just what we need.

Let’s go back to the grass is greener phrase and look at some other meanings that people have attached to it:

If the grass is greener on the other side, would the other side think your grass is greener than their side?

The grass may be greener on the other side, but maybe yours will be greener if you water it.

If the grass is greener on the other side, there’s probably more manure there. Click Here to Read Article …

8 Tips for Closing Gaps in Your Resume

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Have you ever had to create a resume for a new job but end up struggling to fill your employment gaps?

Filling employment gaps is considered to be one of the most difficult tasks for job seekers around the world.

They can feel the pressure of competition against those who have perfect employment history adorning their resumes.

Why is it essential to remove employment gaps in your resume? Employers perceive those gaps as an inconsistent employment record.

By working on your employment gaps, you’re taking some productive measures to change that perception of prospective recruiters. Here are a few ways to do just that: Click Here to Read Article …

7 Job Search Tips for Introverts

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The question that bothers many, if not all, introverts, is this:

How can you maximize your chances of lucrative employment with the hurdles caused by your personality?

While some may feel discouraged, many realize that instead of losing hope they can create success.

You are wrong if you think that you will be left behind in the race for success just because you are an introvert.

There are millions like you enjoying the job they’ve always dreamed of. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Write a Cover Letter That Gets Noticed

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The cover letter you submit along with your résumé isn’t just a throwaway; it’s an extremely important part of your job application.

Your cover letter provides a great opportunity to make your case directly to the hiring manager.

Take advantage of this opportunity by customizing your cover letter for each job application.

The bad news is that people who screen résumés and cover letters typically go through them very quickly, usually spending just a few seconds on each.

The good news is that they’re actively looking for something great, something to like. Click Here to Read Article …