Ignore these 4 cover letters tips!

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1. Failing to address the letter to the specific name of the recipient.

If you get the name of the recruiter or the department’s director, of course you should use their names. But if you don’t know the name of the person, then you should not make that up. Can you imagine the recruiter receiving a letter with a different name? “Dear Sir/Madam” is not as bad as some HR advisors portrait. You can also use the name of the company. For instance, if you are applying to a Google position you can write: “Dear Google team”.

 

2. Never say: “My skills and experience are an excellent fit for this position”

Why not? As long as you can validate this there is nothing bad in writing it in a cover letter. Although it sounds a little bit cliché, if the validation is supported by real and impressive achievement then the recruiter will forget about that. Don’t be afraid to start your cover letter like this. You have to start it somehow. Just make sure the content is valuable and useful to showcase your skills and professional fit to the company and position.

 

3. Overusing “I”

The cover letter is about you! It’s not about the company, it’s about you! So don’t be afraid to tell them about you. Use the “I” as much as you can because you have the leading role in this movie. They want to get to know you as much as they can, and at the end of reading your cover letter, recruiters will create your profile in their minds. Therefore give them enough information and the right information so they can build that image the better way possible.

 

4. Leaving the ball in the employer’s court.

You have done your part! You have applied to a position and now it’s their turn to get back to you. Of course we all know most of the times they don’t. You can follow-up on your application for sure but companies are not above you. Applicants have their value and they should not beg for a job. Companies don’t want that and you will not want that for you too. You need that job as much as that company needs you.

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15 best and worst words to use in your resume

A study from CareerBuilders, interviewed over 2000 hiring managers to discover what the most powerful words to use in the resume and the worst ones are. This is the result and you should take notes on which one to use and which one not to use.

best words to use in the resume

  • Most of these words are action verbs and they are directly connected to an accomplishment. That should be the focus on your resume.
  • These are key elements to make you look as a productive professional.
  • Go through your current verbs and try to replace them with these.
  • Don’t just replace them, the resume is a whole document and should be cohesive.

worst words

  • Most of these words are cliché and  say nothing about you. Others are just skills every employee must have so there is no need to state the obvious.
  • Everyone must be a team player and results driven! So you are not setting apart from others!
  • Find real skills that make you different and unique.

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7 Sentences we never want to see on your cover letter

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  • “To whom it may concern”

Nowadays there is no excuse to not know the name of the person responsible for the recruitment process or the person who is going to interview you. Therefore make sure you do that research and you use their name in the cover letter. You can also use the name of the Human resources Director in a larger company or the name of the CEO of a start-up. Show that you care and you adapt your cover letter to each job position. You can also make a quick call to ask the name of the person responsible for the hiring new staff.

 

  • “I just need a chance”

Maybe we don’t write it literally but this is the idea behind a lot of cover letters. Or at least is what the recruiter will think after reading a “cry for help”. You should not adopt the victim approach while writing your cover letter. Be positive and focus on your value.

 

  • “Looking for an interesting job”

This is a non-specific sentence that we usually find in cover letters and it means nothing! You are not being precise enough so the recruiter won’t have the idea of what you are looking for. You should be as clear and as transparent as you can. State the role you are applying for and write about what you feel that role and that company will be able to offer you, as well as what you have to offer.

 

  • “Salary Expectations”

It is very dangerous to talk about salary in the first approach to the recruiter. It can send the wrong message. We all know salary is very important and it should be something you should cover in the interview, but this is too soon to bring the subject. It can send the idea of you just being focused on the money.

 

  • “The reason I left…”

You will read a lot about how important it is to hide that you left a job or that you didn’t like your previous job, but there is nothing wrong about it. But you also don’t need to wave a flag stating that. Instead focus on what you did next. Instead of saying “Then I left my job because I was not…” write something like “Then I decided to take my career to a different level and I…”.

 

  • “Objective Statement”

These two words together make a negative impact so stay away from them. You can even have a great speech on your objective statement but call it anything other than that. In fact, this is something that you should include in your resume and not in your cover letter. Avoid generic objective and instead use your personal and human voice to talk about your goals and expectations towards that position/company.

 

  • “References Available upon request”

We wrote about this over and over again. There is no need to state that, companies will ask you for that if needed.

 

Other sentences:

  • “I feel that…”
  • Starting every sentence with “I”
  • Asking for a positive response
  • “Yours Lovingly”
  • “Call me at…”

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6 Bad Answers to Job Interview Questions

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1. Why do you want the job?

– “I’ve read a lot about your company and I really think my skill-set could help out around here.”

This sounds very robotic and it doesn’t show any personality. Recruiters can know when you are being genuine and when you are trying to please them with a cliché. Be honest and focus on your skills, your goals and what the position/company has to offer you. Be specific.

 

2. Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work and how you resolved it.

– “I usually get along very well with everyone.”

It’s not true and it shows the recruiter that you probably don’t focus on your past experiences in order to improve. It’s true that there are some people that really get along with MOST people, but we all have experiences with people that are way too different from us. It doesn’t have to be a conflict but try to have a situation in mind to answer this question.

 

3. What do you think is your greatest weakness?

– “I’m an overachiever, and work long hours that leave me little time for anything else but serving the organization.”

Sometimes what we think the companies want to hear is exactly what keep us from getting that job. Don’t play this game, play safe. Prepare these answers before the interview and think of something that you can provide examples on how you are trying to improve your weaknesses.

 

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

– “Going to the pub and sleeping”

Some companies ask this question to get to know more about the candidate. It’s not usually something that is going to take a big role in the decision but it’s more of an opportunity to create a human and genuine connection between the recruiter/company and the candidate. Take advantage of this question and smile, be funnier and show your social skills. Because here they are trying to get to know how you get along socially and break the ice.

 

5.  What do you expect to enjoy most about this role?

–  “Lunchtimes” – “Salary” – “Discounts” – “Holidays”

Show that you did your research and state the key aspects of the specific role that you are most excited about.

 

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

– “I see myself doing your job”

Of course some companies will like this kind of answer but most will not. This kind of confidence works better in start-up companies. You can also use this same idea but use different words where you are not threatening the interviewer in any way. Be smart and be specific.

 

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Top 11 Mistakes on graduates’ resumes

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1. No Accomplishment statements

A resume has to be more than a job description. And although recent graduates usually lack some professional experience, they need to know how to highlight their accomplishments during their studies and others.

 

2. Lack of Action Verbs

Forget the “responsible for” and “assisted with” passive frases and focus on action verbs. Sometimes it’s all a matter of sequence. Instead of writing: “Working with the CEO, coordinating a training session for…” start with the action: “Coordinated a training session with the CEO…”

 

3. Lack of Differentiation

Every resume sounds and look more or less the same. The ones that make a statement at a first impression are only a few. Make sure you use your resume as a marketing tool and sell yourself! Set yourself apart from others.

 

4. Irrelevant Detail

Being concise is crucial. Cut out the irrelevant and obvious information and focus only on the valuable things of your past experience. Unless you are a college freshman, delete all information about your high school.

 

5. Poor Formatting

Some of the same students who list “Expert at Microsoft Word” on their resumes don’t know how to use bullets or set tabs to right justify information such as dates. It’s common to find a lot of spacing and alignment inconsistences.

 

6. Meaningless Phrases

Don’t state something that you read somewhere that it’s important for recruiters. What’s the point of saying that you are a “good team player” or have “strong leadership skills” if you are not describing any of those experiences with a supported evidence.

 

7. Grammar or Word Usage Issues

There’s no need to elaborate about this topic.

 

8. Typos

Read your resume out loud and give it to someone to read it before you send it to recruiters.

 

9. Over-Used Resume Templates

Microsoft Word templates are getting obsolete and they make you look lazy. Make an effort to work on the package of your talent. You can use Word as long as you know how to use it to make your resume look personalized.

 

10. Obsolete Elements

“References available on request” and “Looking for an opportunity to challenge myself” are old school sentences that actually have a negative impact on your resume. Get rid of the old format of resumes and don’t be afraid to try new things.

 

11. Start over please!

Some of the resumes are so bad that they should be thrown in the garbage. Sometimes people have no idea what a resume should look like!

 

Source: Youtern.com

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Top 10 skills you get from studying and working abroad?

According to Time Magazine, a recent research is showing how international experiences can make us more “flexible, creative and complex thinkers”.

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You can’t just go running and write this magic words into your resume. But you can certainly look back at your past international experiences and write your skills or job description focusing on these skills. Well and if you haven’t had that experience, start looking for jobs internationally. We live in a global world and we should take advantage out of it. In a few years a person without international experience will have a hard time to succeed.

The same research shows that people with experience in other countries usually get more job offers than others, being placed faster and with better conditions. These people are forced to break their barriers and to have an open and adaptive attitude towards foreign cultures “becoming more able to make connections among disparate ideas”. This leads them to become “better problem solvers and display more creativity”. Entrepreneurship is also directly connected to people with international experience.

 

1. Creative and Flexible Thinking

2. Problem Solving

3. Adaptability

4. Entrepreneurship

5. Resilience

6. Self-Confidence

7. Foreign Languages

8. Open-mindedness

9. Communication

10. Planning and Organizational

 

Make sure you have specific examples to illustrate these skills, either in your resume cover letter, or at an interview.

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6 tips on how to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn Profile

For most people looking for a new job involves a long process built by daily actions. Those tasks include sending your resume, looking for job offers, replying to emails, calling some companies and creating specific profiles in social networks. The most famous one in these terms is LinkedIn.

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Everyone looking for a job should consider to build a LinkedIn Profile or update the existing one. Read the following tips on how to improve your chances to attract recruiters.

1. Find a keywords strategyHave you ever heard of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Companies are using it to improve their status when someone looks for a specific word on a search engine like Google. The same happens on LinkedIn and even on Google, regarding searching for employees. Make a list of the keywords associated to your academic background and professional experience. Than ask yourself: How would someone look for a profile like mine? Try to adapt your words from that perspective.

Tip: instead of writing Digital Strategy, you should write Digital Strategist. And what if they look for Online Strategy? Consider to include synonyms for your keywords, so you can broader your chances.

2. Prepare your best pictureWe all know you shouldn’t have a picture on your resume, but on LinkedIn it’s a different story. You will increase 7 times more your chances of getting your profile viewed just by having a picture on it. A face gives credibility and creates an impact. It also shows that you are active on LinkedIn. You should obviously choose wisely what kind of photo to put there. Make sure you are in a professional environment.

Tip: Don’t put a picture with a dog unless you are a veterinary.

3. Use your nameYou should personalize your URL and making it go directly to your profile. If you do this you will increase your chances to appear in a Google search.

Tip: You can also include a keyword in your URL like http://www.linkedin.com /in/CarlySimonSinger

4. Collect RecommendationsRequest people who already worked with you or for you to recommend you. Try to look for different people to point out a variety of skills you have. It gives credibility and shows your networking skills.

Tip: You should also make good recommendations as they will also appear on your profile.

5. Strategic ConnectionsAs you increase your connections you’ll increase the chances to appear on the recruiters’ search. Identify people you want to establish a connection with and write a personalized message in each request.

Tip: You can talk about the fact you are looking for a job, but don’t do it in the first message.

6. Share, be activeSome people think they just need to create a profile, add some people and magic will happen. Things don’t work that way, you cannot just make a profile and expect for a job to knock at your door. You need to actively participate and engage on LinkedIn activities. You can join some groups, share some interesting content or comment on others in order to make your profile more visible.If you need some help, we know how to create an impressive LinkedIn profile:

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