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“Is A Cover Letter Really Necessary?”

Truth be told, some hiring managers will never read your cover letter.

According to a 2008 focus group of 150 senior recruiters*:

  • only 23% said a cover letter was absolutely mandatory;
  • 63% said they could go either way; and
  • 14% gave an emphatic “nay” to this age-old document.

These findings are right in line with my conversations with hiring professionals.

I know screeners who delete the cover letter immediately, some who forward it on to others but never read it themselves, and others who print it out only to staple it behind the resume.

But you know what else they tell me? Continue reading this entry »

25 November 2008 | Career Transition, Cover Letters | Comments Off on “Is A Cover Letter Really Necessary?”

3 Ways A More Expensive Resume Writer Will Save You Money

Three job seekers (just in the past two days) have complained to me about their experiences with other resume writers:

“This resume doesn’t say anything about me.”
“They left out the most important part.”
“They just didn’t get me.”

The common thread? Each of these three people paid $150 or less for their resume. They went the inexpensive route, a seemingly smart maneuver when money’s tight. Continue reading this entry »

7 November 2008 | Networking, Resumes | Comments Off on 3 Ways A More Expensive Resume Writer Will Save You Money

Is An Online Job Search Enough?

Everyone would like to think they’ll find the ideal job from the comfort of their living room, or while they sip lattes at Starbucks and troll through listings on their laptop. However, research shows that Continue reading this entry »

6 November 2008 | Career Transition, Job Market | Comments Off on Is An Online Job Search Enough?