Your Cover Letter is Much More Than a Formality…It’s Essential

April 27th, 2016

Many job seekers mistakenly assume it’s acceptable to submit the same cover letter for every position — or that doing so is an entirely optional step. If this is your strategy, you probably haven’t had many interview requests because it is absolutely not okay to put anything less than 100% effort into each and every cover letter.

You only get one chance to make a first impression and your cover letter is it. Consequently, each one must be unique and written for the opportunity at-hand. This route definitely takes more time, but receiving an offer for a job you really want will make it well worth the extra work.

5 Tips to Make Your Cover Letter Outstanding

 

Supplement Your Resume

Use your cover letter to tell your story, because your professional history is already listed on your resume. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the hiring manager and create a compelling case for why you should be selected for an interview, so make every sentence count.

Focus on Your Strengths

When applying for a job you’re not quite qualified for, don’t use the cover letter to highlight your shortcomings and try to justify them. Instead, keep the tone positive by selling your strengths to convince the hiring manager to give you a chance, despite not meeting all the requirements.

Explain Why You’re a Great Fit

Hiring managers want to find a candidate who has both the skills to succeed at the job and the personality needed to fit in with the rest of the team. Prove you’re that person by carefully reviewing the organization’s website and social media pages to learn more about its company culture. Emulate the tone used online in your cover letter and highlight something about the culture that makes you really excited about the possibility of working for company.

Use Keywords

Companies often get more applications for each position than they could possibly ever review, so many use software to scan cover letters and resumes for certain keywords and phrases — and those without a high enough percentage are eliminated. These can be found in the job description, so review it carefully and try to incorporate anything used multiple times into your copy in a natural, flowing manner.

Get to the Point

Busy hiring managers don’t have time to read a long cover letter, so make yours short and succinct. Try to state your case in approximately three paragraphs, which should equal about half a page. Never go longer than one page, as no one will read it and rambling on will just make you look like an amateur.

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5 Common Personality Traits that Lead to Greatness

April 13th, 2016

As a hiring manager, you’re more than aware that finding the right fit for the job isn’t usually an easy task. Sometimes the best candidate is the most obvious choice, but more often than not, you’ll need to do a little digging.

Instead of weighting your decision solely on a resume filled with past accomplishments, consider everything a person has to offer your organization in the future. Personality traits are a key aspect of this and five that commonly lead to greatness include:

Resolve

Everyone has hopes and dreams for the future, but candidates with the will to turn these visions into a reality are exactly who you need on your team. A will for the work is innate, so choose someone with this level of passion in their eyes and watch them flourish.

Authenticity

If a candidate gives a distinct vibe during one interview and is on the other end of the spectrum in the next, they’re probably not being genuine. Skip this person and keep searching until you find someone who is always true to themselves, because you need team members that can be trusted.

Faith

Sometimes the going gets rough, but those with faith in their vision, themselves and your company don’t consider giving up. These people have a firm grip on their truth and wouldn’t dream of compromising themselves for an easy solution. As steadfast optimists, these people help your team see the big picture.

Inspiring

No one wants to work with a super competitive colleague who is always trying to bring them down. People with the ability to encourage and inspire everyone around them are a huge asset to entire the team. These employees unite everyone and bring out the best in each person.

Fearless

Great employees know innovation can’t happen unless they’re willing to take a risk. Instead of fearing failure, they welcome new ventures and learn from their mistakes. Taking the easy route by playing it safe doesn’t interest these people, because they’re always up for a good challenge.

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