Cover Letter Superstar

May 7, 2010


THIS is a cover letter:

Creative job seekers- take note!  Don’t copy, of course, but this gives you an idea of how to seriously differentiate yourself.

That’s all.  Just look and learn.





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Job Market Competition

April 27, 2010 provides a chart with the ratio of job postings to number of unemployed for 50 metropolitan areas.  While I am not sure how accurate the data is (job postings for staffing agencies, etc), the chart does give a good idea of what competition looks like.

Below are the top 10 for April 2010.  (Click here for the entire list)

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Rank Change Metropolitian Area Job posting icon Job Postings vs. Unemployment icon Unemployed Persons Ratio
1 Washington, DC Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
2 1 San Jose, CA Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:2
3 -1 Baltimore, MD Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:2
4 New York, NY Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:2
5 Salt Lake City, UT Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:2
6 3 Boston, MA Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:3
7 1 Hartford, CT Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:3
8 -2 Oklahoma City, OK Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:3
9 -2 Denver, CO Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:3
10 2 Austin, TX Job posting icon Unemployment iconUnemployment iconUnemployment icon 1:3



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Catch your Dream Date- Tonight!

April 20, 2010


Got your attention, did I?

Does your resume grab attention like this?  Will one quick glance at your name, cover letter and/or resume make the reader think, “I HAVE to call this person NOW”?

For the majority of you, I’ll be that’s not the case.  But it needs to be.

You are competing in a huge sea of other people. Assuming there is no one profusely vouching for you at any specific company, something about you needs to “WOW” whoever first sees your resume.

Here is an example of an extreme “wow”.  Below is a highlight, check out the post for more.

“… I co-owned and participate in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successfull pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of 100 million annualy...”; “I am well-traveled and I speak English, French and Spanish“; “References available from friends, family, US District Attorney, etc“.

While I don’t recommend highlighting your history of criminal activity, this is a very clever way of saying “look at me, I’m unique!”.  It does show how you can attempt to turn a negative into a positive.

What can you do that makes you shine through the sea of people?

(hint, promising dates is not a good idea)

I really can’t help you with dating right now- other than to suggest finding a job and recruiting are a lot like dating.

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April 15, 2010

Yesterday I attended the NAB Career Day through an invite from PinkSlipMixers.  The set up was much like speed dating. A line of job seekers waited (patiently) for 5-15 minute sessions with Career Coaches and Advisors.

Most of the people I spoke with were seeking advice on their resumes and one theme was common across the board.

- Highlight your achievements -

So many resumes follow the “list your duties” format for current and past positions.  While it’s fine to list what you did in general, your achievements are what will stand out more than anything.  You want to show a prospective employer that your work contributed to the success of your past employer in some way.  Perhaps you efforts brought in more customers, or you were able to reduce expenses, or you developed a new product that helped the company.  Your potential highlights are limitless, but vital to proving you are a valuable team member.  It’s even better when what you achieved relates to the needs of the job you want.

Go through your resume and make sure you add in highlights- it could be the thing that gets you in the door.


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Resume Madness

April 14, 2010

Resumes seem to be on people’s minds a lot lately. It keeps coming up in conversations, not only from clients, but friends and family too.

One of the most common questions is “Is my resume really that important?”. My answer, it depends on the company and how you “got in” with the company, but in general, a strong yes. Regardless of if you are submitting your resume blindly or through a contact, it is a representation of you, your skills and background.

As an example- while Sarah, the Director of Sales, recommended you for the opening in Operations, it’s Sam, the head of Ops, and Pat, HR, who will actually see your resume. They like what Sarah had to say about you, but if you send them a resume that lacks relevant information, has typos, etc., it could hurt your chances of progressing.  You want to come across as professional and capable as possible. Every piece of communication should relay why you are the person they need- from your phone calls, to your emails, to your resume, and on through the interview process.

There are a few things to pay attention to when writing your resume, and we’ve put together a list of the top 10 to help you get through the madness of creating/editing your resume.

It’s free, so go ahead and check it out!

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