Archive for Aug, 2015

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By Ellen Fondiler

A client of mine recently discovered an exciting position and immediately said to me, “I want to apply for this.”

We worked together to polish up her resume, pull together a cover letter, and come up with a set of strong responses to frequently asked interview questions. But as we moved along through the process, I sensed her initial excitement waning. She seemed nervous, quiet, and hesitant about taking the next steps. Something was “off.”

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By LifeHacker

CVs are very personal documents, and you probably feel like you want to convey a sense of who you really are. But if you focus on unnecessary flourishes or make your relevant experience ambiguous, the person reading your CV will toss it aside in a heartbeat. Most of all, focus on clarity!

In fact, whenever I’m reviewing a CV, I always ask permission before I mark it up. Who am I to edit your life’s work? That said, I can almost guarantee you that the way your careers adviser handles your CV is not the way it will be handled once you submit your job applications. After speaking with many, many recruiters, here are 5 Things People Reading Your CV Wish You Knew.

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by Siobham Harmer

Although the thought of public speaking can send many of us into a fearful frenzy, many jobs require us to swallow our fear and do the best we can with it.

From presenting ideas or information in a meeting to introducing your company to new clients, there are numerous occasions on which it will be necessary for you to stand up, look confident and speak to your audience with all the gumption you can muster.

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By Aja Frost

“Thanks for helping me customize my resume,” my friend said cheerily. “Now I just have to find the cover letter I used for my last job application and spruce it up a little.”

“Nooooooo!” I said. “There’s no point in taking all that time to tailor your resume to each application if you’re going to use a fill-in-the-blank cover letter.”

We ended up sitting together for another 30 minutes and coming up with a new one that highlighted what a great fit she was—not just for the role, but for the company. And while a half hour is a time investment, it’s absolutely worth it if it gets you the job. (Which my friend did.)

Wondering how to customize your own cover letter? Find below a Cover Letter Template That Works.

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