goal settingPsychology of goal setting for job searching is important to understand what benefits you would gain from it, including a positive attitude and a quicker, successful conclusion to securing a new position.  The most successful people in the world are those who set career or life goals and commit to achieving them. Before we examine the goal-achievement challenge, it is important we understand the fundamental psychology of goal setting. That is to say, how it works.

Psychological studies on the highest achieving men and women demonstrate that people with clear, specific goals, immediately and by default, become psychologically Goal Oriented individuals. [No mystery there]. The pure act of setting goals will make you oriented toward the goals you have set for yourself. If you go to the trouble of developing well thought out, specific and challenging yet attainable goals for yourself, chances are that once you develop them you will become attentive to the goals you’ve just set and, therefore, become a goal-oriented individual. Since goals take place in the future…

Type of Cover LetterThe type of cover letter format depends on the situation, keep in mind this is not the same as a cover letter template. You may write a broadcast letter, general letter, targeted letter for a specific job posting, networking letter, or a recruiter letter of introduction. When writing a cover letter to specific organizations or individuals keep in mind they may need to be structured differently.

Below we have briefly explained which type of cover letter should be used in each job search situation. They all have one common objective, which is to sell yourself to the reader(s) and get your resume reviewed to secure a job interview for the position of interest. The main sections include a unique introduction; relevant, convincing content meaning showing how past work experience, skills, and strengths can fill the needs of the organization; and closing paragraph requesting an interview.

General type of cover letter

A general cover letter is basically a letter that can be modified to suit your job search by making minor modifications to the name and address on each letter. This letter should still…

bad job interviewDid you fail a job interview or receive a job offer ? Have you ever gone to an interview and never heard a thing after it was over? Didn’t you wonder why you didn’t get the job? Very few companies will tell you how you did during a job interview. It’s possible you will never hear from companies who rejected you – at all! And, you won’t know why you didn’t get the job.

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How Long Should My Resume Be?

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resume lengthThis seems to be one of the biggest concerns of job seekers out there – How long should my resume be? When developing a resume, people seem to get overly concerned and stuck on this question. We will endeavor to shed a little light on this topic and hopefully clear some confusion.

You may have heard somewhere along the way that your resume needs to be no longer than one page. This is not necessarily true. Your resume needs to be long enough to provide hiring personnel or recruiters with all your key information necessary to get your foot in the door for an interview. To achieve this, your resume may need to be one, two, or even three pages.

Recruiters and hiring managers don’t necessarily care about the length of your resume. What they care about is whether or not it is easily readable and if they can readily find your key relevant information. So unless they specify the length your resume needs to be in the job posting, your resume should reflect the amount of experience and skills you have. A rule of thumb

keep track of your job searchIt is important to keep track of your job search to help stay organized in your efforts. It is very important that you keep a somewhat narrow focus in your job search because once you start looking down multiple avenues, you can become lost and your entire job search can veer off course.

If you are unsure of where you want to end up, take your credentials into consideration as well as your professional background. This is a great first step to narrowing your job search. Second, concentrate on your interests and what areas of your profession you most see yourself in. For instance, if you are qualified for Project Management, you may decide that your main interest lies in managing projects within a certain sector – giving you a great starting point in your job search. Now within the certain industry you’ve selected, you have the option of working for various companies which still will give you plenty of variety in your job search, without having it be overwhelming. The point of focusing your job search…

cover letterYour cover letter or letter of intent is an employer’s very first impression of you as a possible candidate for their open position; therefore, the style and message of your cover letter is incredibly important in determining whether or not an employer will read on to your resume and call you in for a job interview. Your cover letter should be brief and straightforward to ensure employers read it thoroughly.

Hiring managers tend to only glance at cover letters and resumes to decide whether or not the applicant should be brought in for an interview. You have 15 to 25 seconds to grab their attention. Since they see 100+ applications for each open position, it is understandable that they will only scan them to select the few lucky candidates. This is why it is critical that your cover letter is written in an easy to read format and is also brief in length. You can tailor the first cover letter you create to apply to other companies… call it your cover letter template if you like.  You can review some cover letter templates or examples here. A cover letter should be…

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