Category Archives: Cover Letters

Job-Seeker Rejection Files: When Keeping It Real Goes Right

Several are common pet peeves of HR professionals, managers and entrepreneurs who review thousands of applicants per week.

Here are a few I found myself saying ‘Amen’ to:

Janell Hazlewood – Job-Seeker Rejection Files: When Keeping It Real Goes Right (BlackEnterprise)

Don’t make these cover letter mistakes. No one has the time to download your cover letter and read it, or answer questions that you ask, or read a cover letter that clearly didn’t read the requirements. Better yet, don’t ever send a generic cover letter. Follow Janell’s tips to keep your application from the rejection pile.

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A Quick Way to Tell How Your Cover Letter Sounds to Others

For those oh-so-important documents—your resume, your cover letter, a memo to your boss—that’s exactly where Hemingway comes in.

Drop your text onto the page (or use the desktop version), and the color-coded app will give your writing a once-over. Is a sentence too wordy, overly complex, or totally unreadable? It’ll be highlighted in red until you revise it. Tend to overuse the passive voice? Every instance of it will show up in green. The site will even recommend when you can use shorter or simpler words (Why take up precious resume space with “utilize” when you can say “use?”).

A Quick Way to Tell How Your Cover Letter Sounds to Others – TheMuse

Ever wanted to write better but needed to learn NOW? The Hemingway App will help you write better for free. To get an idea of how the Hemingway App works, copy and paste your cover letter into the site. Highlight your entire cover letter, copy (CTRL – C) and Paste (CTRL – V) it in the window. When you don’t have anyone else to ask, the Hemingway app gives you a quick way to tell how easy your letter is to read. I use it every day!

6 Things Your Cover Letter Should Never Say

DON’T WRITE THIS:

“I am an experienced, goal-oriented team player…Thank you for taking the time to read my resume.”

6 Things Your Cover Letter Should Never Say

4 Ways to Make Writing Cover Letters Suck Less

Remember, cover letters don’t have to follow a specific formula. In fact, it might help you stand out from the crowd if your letter has a little extra energy and personality. If you get bored writing them, a hiring manager’s bound to get bored reading them, right?

4 Ways to Make Writing Cover Letters Suck Less – TheDailyMuse

You need to write a cover letter to stand a chance of getting your next job. But it doesn’t have to be painful. Using help from the Daily Muse’s post, your cover letter can help you bring out the best in you. If you love yourself, show it! As a tip, write about your best talents and best skills (related to the job, of course). After you’re done, look over it. This time, change anything that may have been in the third person (Jose is a fantastic worker…you get the picture). In a matter of minutes, you could have a perfectly readable resume.

You want to beat egg whites until stiff.  Don’t beat (needlessly re-write) your cover letter until it becomes stiff, too. As long as:

  1. You looked it over for spelling and grammar errors
  2. Had someone else look it over to catch what you miss

You’re all set. Good luck!

How to Write a Cover Letter

Even if only one in two cover letters gets read, that’s still a 50% chance that including one could help you, he explains. “It’s an opportunity to distinguish yourself,” Glickman adds. Still, as anyone who’s ever written a cover letter knows, it’s not easy to do well. Here’s how to give hiring managers what they’re looking for.

How to Write a Cover Letter – Harvard Business Review – Amy Gallo

An excellent article that’s easy to read, “How to Write a Cover Letter” goes over the basics in what to put into a Cover Letter. You may ask yourself how a Cover Letter is different than a Resume as well as whether they are even read. Amy Gallo’s article is a quick way to understand how your Cover Letter can bring you “over the top” to a hiring manager or employer. Always remember to apply smart, research, tailor your cover letter to each job you apply to, and keep it short.

How to Send a Networking E-Mail That Won’t be Ignored

Here are seven ways to write a networking email that gets a response—and hopefully the action you want.

How to Send a Networking E-Mail That Won’t be Ignored (US News)

We receive E-Mail every day like blasts for a new lunch menu, messages from school, receipts of payments, or anything in between. It’s just as easy to click delete as it is to stop and take a look at what you receive. If you ever have to reach out to an acquaintance to get more information about a Career Choice, employment, or place of business, you want to make sure that your e-mail doesn’t get lost in the noise of e-mails that everyone receives. Take a look at Alison Green’s article on writing a Networking E-Mail that won’t be ignored, and you should be able to write the E-mail that covers enough of your bases to get the help you need. 

Cover Letter TMI: How Much is Too Much?

Standing out from other job candidates is challenging, so it often works well to get a little creative in your cover letter.

Cover Letter TMI: How Much is Too Much? -YouTern

While getting creative is a great way to stand out in a cover letter, sharing irrelevant or too much information can make you look unprofessional. How much information is too much? Well, any marital or personal information not relevant to the job is too much. Try to keep this rule of thumb: The more you focus on the stories that prove your strengths, the better your cover letter. That’s because employers want to see what you have done best in your cover letter. Was there ever a problematic client that later praised you for excellent service? Did you turn a poorly-performing department around, and increased sales?  Were you able to implement a new plan, or simply received praise for doing things a little differently? Make sure you let your future employers know! Always write a cover letter for each job you are applying to!