Cover Letters Need An Effective Format

by Candace Alstad - Davies

ID-100214082 (250x250)Cover letters need an effective format … whether you are writing a cover letter for a senior management position, entry level position or somewhere in between, you need to choose a format that is easy to read and fits your personality. This is critical because the cover letter should complement your resume and it is your way of introducing yourself to employers in your absence. Prospective companies are looking for professionalism, but not imitation. If you use a standard form that is used by many people, they may take it as an indication that you are lazy, or look for short cuts to get things done.

The cover letter that you write should be specific to the position you are applying for. It should contain some details about you, and this information should be current and fresh. It’s highly unlikely that any of these criteria will be met by a second hand format that you downloaded from the internet. There are several different…

Submitting Your Resume Online

by Candace Alstad - Davies

resumeNowadays many companies require that you submit your resume package online. There are certain factors that need to be considered when submitting your resume online. If they are asking that you send a simple email, then all you need to do is attach the requested documents and send a polite and concise email to the hiring organization explaining the position you are applying for and which documents you have enclosed. Before you send that email though, make sure that your attached documents are universally compatible. Most people use Microsoft Word, so the .doc format is the most preferential. However, there are some versions of Word that are not compatible with all operating systems. Therefore, it is advisable that you save your documents in Rich Text Format (.rtf) as well. Most, if not all systems are able to recognize and read an .rtf. However, you may also be asked…

Why Sending a Thank You Letter Is Important

by Candace Alstad - Davies

thank you letterDo you know why sending a thank you letter is important? Sending a thank you letter after an interview may be viewed as a snore if they read boring and flat. However, if you are in a competitive list of candidates, like most are these days, each candidate will be trying to get the position, and so skipping this important tool can be very unwise to your chances of securing the position. If you choose to write a thank you letter after your interview, you need to make sure that it is written effectively, in order to make the most of this opportunity. Why a Thank You Letter is Important

ID-10079412 (250x250)Choosing the right country for an international work experience is an important decision. When trying to narrow down the list of potential countries in which you may want to work, it is a good idea to ask yourself a few questions.

• Is there a region or culture that I have a particular interest in?

When choosing where to work overseas, it can seem overwhelming at first when your choices consist of so many different regions and countries. If you are unsure of where you’d like to work, I’d recommend completing some research on different areas of the world. This can help you narrow down your choices. I’d recommend narrowing down your choices to three or four different countries or areas. What hobbies or activities…

ID-100278184 (250x166)Congratulations! You’ve landed that coveted job interview. Now it is extremely important that you impress in your interview and a large part of that is coming prepared. But, you may be asking, what items should I bring to my job interview?

Items to bring:

Copies of Your Current Resume: If you need to distribute them to the interview panel, you should have enough to do this. Most likely they will have a copy, but they may be testing your to see if you are prepared. Copies of your letter of …

ID-100248984 (250x166)The top 5 things you cannot leave out of your resume.

In order for your resume and cover letter to pass the ultimate test and gain the attention of employers, it needs to be an exciting read and compel hiring authorities to want to find out more about you by calling you in for an interview. In order for this to happen, your resume needs to include these five important factors. Without these five important areas, your resume will fall short.

Below are the five key areas that your resume must incorporate to help you explain “what I do” and “how I do it” in your field. 1. Value Proposition…

Understanding Your Unique Selling Points

Understanding your unique selling points can help you succeed in your job search. Your unique selling points are traits that make you “you”. They set you apart from the rest of the herd, as well as above the competition. Therefore, it is crucial that you are able to identify, understand, and market your unique selling […]

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Selling Your Unique Value In A Job Interview

When applying for a position, it could be surprising to you what skills or attributes actually get you into an interview room. It’s important, therefore, to give careful consideration to the skills and special interests you include on your resume. Selling your unique value in a job interview is a very important part of your […]

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How to Write a Resignation Letter

If you have to resign from your position, it’s important that you know how to write a resignation letter because this should accompany your notice of resignation. Resigning from any job is difficult, but if you’re resigning mid contract it is very complicated. When a contract is signed, both parties intend for the contract to […]

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An Important Part of Your Job Search Plan

When you are planning your job search, you need to approach it as though it is a marketing campaign. The recruiters are the buyers and you are the actual product. As a product, you have to clearly articulate your value proposition – essentially your advertisement. Your value proposition is an important part of your job […]

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