Four Major Cover Letter Mistakes

Careers Done Write

Often job seekers will ask me what they can do to improve their cover letter. The answer varies for each person; however, there are four major cover letter mistakes that I frequently see. Perhaps you have made one of these four major cover letter mistakes?

Cover Letter Help: Planning Your Message

Careers Done Write

Many candidates make the mistake of thinking a cover letter is just a formality. They do not make the effort to create a compelling marketing letter. Take a look at Bree’s letter inserted below. The following are examples of how Bree can improve her cover letter.

How to Send a Cover Letter

Careers Done Write

Dear Deb: Now that I have a terrific new cover letter, how do I use it? In other words, should I copy and paste the letter into an email message box? I have not searched for a job in about 8 years. Best of luck in your job search! Ask Deb cover lette

Do I Really Need a Cover Letter for My Executive Resume?

Executive Career Brand

But it’s been more than 5 years since you were in a job search. Back then, you knew it was important to include a cover letter with your resume. Or is the cover letter a dying relic? Simply rehashing your resume in the cover letter can have a negative impact.

Cover Letter Your Way to an Internship or First Job


Do you dread writing a cover letter? You shouldn’t be applying to fifty jobs using fifty standard cover letters. Instead narrow your focus on the best internship and job opportunities for you. Customize Your Letter.

The E-Note: 2014’s New Cover Letter?

Career Realism

Is the e-note replacing the traditional cover letter? Traditional cover letters still have value—in most instances—when submitting your job search package. So, what do you need to know about the e-note to leverage its effectiveness in your job search in 2014?

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11 Tips For Creating Compelling Cover Letters

Career Realism

So, we’re agreed that it’s worth your time to write a cover letter to accompany your resume (see Why Cover Letters Count ). Now you’re facing the daunting task of making your cover letter worth reading. Related: 3 Easy Steps To A Quick Cover Letter Makeover.

4 Steps To Writing A Disruptive Cover Letter

Career Realism

4 Steps To Writing A Disruptive Cover Letter. In my experience as an Executive Resume Writer, cover letters only get read about a third of the time they are sent. Related: The Basics Of A Disruptive Job Search. Work It Daily.

Why We HATE Writing Cover Letters

Career Realism

If there is one thing that’s annoying about job search, it’s probably writing the perfect cover letter for your resume. It’s meant to be short and crisp, and must entail all the right elements necessary for you to land that dream job! Cover Lette

3 Tips For Writing A Successful Cover Letter

Career Realism

Job seekers without a flair for writing and storytelling may find it painfully difficult to put together an impressive cover letter. The most common way they start their cover letter is with words like, “I’m very pleased to submit my application.”

3 Tips For A Persuasive Executive Cover Letter

Career Realism

As an executive, a cover letter is a crucial part of your job search package. Related: 7 Examples Of Fresh New Ways To Start Your Cover Letter. In fact, use strong words and powerful verbs throughout your cover letter.

Personal Branding, Resume or Job Search Targeting: Which Comes First?

Executive Career Brand

It may seem obvious that the first thing to do, when you’re about to start an executive job search, is locate, dust off, and update your resume. In my experience, many executive job seekers do just that. In all likelihood, you’ll be facing a protracted job search.

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How to Write an Honest Cover Letter to Avoid the Wrong Job

The Undercover Recruiter

When there’s an opening for your dream job but you’re not qualified for it yet, what should you do? How to Write an Honest Cover Letter to Avoid the Wrong Job.

Cheat Sheet: How To Make Your Cover Letter Work

Career Realism

Cheat Sheet: How To Make Your Cover Letter Work. I just got done with the resume, now I have to write a cover letter too? Related: Does Your Cover Letter Get An A Or F? A cover letter seems like a formality, a quick handshake before handing over the resume.

5 Mistakes You Should NEVER Make on a Covering Letter

The Undercover Recruiter

You don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression and when it comes to applying for a job your cover letter is usually the first thing most employers will see. 5 Mistakes You Should NEVER Make on a Covering Letter. Cover Letter Tips Job Search Life Skills basics cover Cover Letter enough generic grammatical letter mistakes sell spelling text Writing yourself

Serenity Now! Simplify Your Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

How much do you really know about today’s executive job search? It’s a given that job-hunting these days is a complicated process. Best-fit jobs for you – especially if you’re at the senior or c-suite level – may be waiting for you to uncover them in the “hidden” job market.

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Transitioning Military Leaders: Differentiate Yourself in Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

My answers to her spot-on questions — including links to other posts I’ve written — form the basis of a solid roadmap for successful job search. Why is it so vital for senior executives to use social media as part of their executive job search?

Toxic Executive Job Search Belief: I don’t need to target my resume

Executive Career Brand

You’re deep into executive job search or about to dive into one. Today’s job search is a personal marketing campaign. More About Today’s Executive Job Search. How Do I Find a Job in the “Hidden” Job Market?

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How To Build A Cover Letter You Can Be Proud Of

Career Realism

Writing a good cover letter can be painful, and extremely difficult. Related: 4 Inside Secrets To Writing A Great Cover Letter. The job market is tough, and you know that it has to make an amazing first impression in order to stand a chance of getting an interview.

6 Tools to Help Launch Your Job Search

Career Alley

There are eight or so key items you need to launch a successful job search (see Why You Need a Job Search Marketing Toolkit ). This includes a few key documents you will need to draft (such as your resume, cover letters and thank you letters). jobs by.

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How To Convey Value In A Cover Letter

Career Realism

A cover letter is still a valuable and persuasive tool in your job search, and communicating your value within your cover letter without replicating the content in your resume is essential. Related: 4 Inside Secrets To Writing A Great Cover Letter.

Job Search 101 – Launching Your Job Search

Career Alley

Welcome to the launch of CareerAlley’s Job Search 101 series , specifically focused for those who are launching a job search for the first time (or those that need some great advice). Posting Job Search website links (with brief reviews). Jobs by.

NEW BOOK! 20 Little-Known, Insider Tips to Accelerate Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

Is your executive job search taking too long? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, it’s time to turbo-charge your search with the advice in my new ebook: 20 Little-Known, Insider Tips to Accelerate Your Executive Job Search.

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Important Cover Letter Guidelines You Can’t Afford To Ignore

Career Realism

Cover letters, like resumes, must be tailored specifically for each position. Related: How To Convey Value In A Cover Letter. Here are more important cover letter guidelines to review before you write your next one: Get A Name. Always emphasize the job title so it can catch the eye of a Hiring Manager, especially if they are skimming the documents quickly. Not all cover letters are read, but it’s much better to send one than not send one!).

4 Red Flags Employers Watch For On Cover Letters

Career Realism

Before getting into what should or shouldn’t be on the cover letter, let’s just get out of the way that a cover letter is a must. Related: You’re Doing Cover Letters Wrong – Here’s Why. 5 Key Steps To A Cover Letter That Opens Doors.

How to Write a Cover Letter that Works

Blue Sky Resumes

Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Job Search cover letter

Shorten Your Long Distance Job Search

Careers Done Write

A long-distance job search requires more planning and dedication than a local job search. You have the hurdle of breaking into to a new job market in addition to logistical challenges. Follow these tips for shortening your long distance job search.

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Two Great Cover Letter Examples

Blue Sky Resumes

Do you struggle with what to say in your cover letters/emails? In a recent post, I provided a formula for how to write a cover letter. Let’s look first at the letter written for the administrative assistant. (To Now look at the letter for the sales executive.

Time to Move on? Jump Start your Job Search

Career Alley

Must be a cloud partially covering the sun. You are feeling secure in your job, not a worry in the world when all of a sudden the signs you’ve ignored over the last few months come together for you and you realize that your job is at risk. Cover Letters.

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3 Tips On What Not To Do In The Cover Letter

Career Realism

3 Tips On What Not To Do In The Cover Letter. The cover letter may be a second thought to many job seekers because there’s the feeling that employers aren’t going to read it, but the fact is you never know if it’ll get read or not.

How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired

Career Realism

Can you write a cover letter that will actually land you the job? I’m sure there are unique cases where someone has written a cover letter that has played a major role in their candidacy, but to say that universally, a cover letter could get you hired is a pretty far stretch.

Jobseekers’ round-up (April): CV buzzwords, cover letter headlines & side hustlin’

Mildred Talabi

For this month’s Jobseekers’ round-up, I’ve chosen three articles that cover the general spectrum of the job search process and a semi-wildcard which might not appeal to all jobseekers but offers great value anyway.

Planning for Your Job Search – Lesson 1

Career Alley

A friend of mine (let’s call him Phil) just started his job search and he asked me to review his resume. or any other aspect of his job search other than his resume. A good job search plan will help you land a new job as quickly as possible.

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Best Executive Resume Writing Tips for 2014

Executive Career Brand

Once you have your perfect document in place, update your LinkedIn profile so it matches, include your job information on Facebook and Twitter, start an When employers search for you online (and they will!),

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Best Ways and Places to Research Your Target Employers

Executive Career Brand

Savvy executive job seekers know that the very first steps in landing a great-fit job are TARGETING (selecting, say, 10-15 employers that you feel will provide the kind of job you want) and then RESEARCHING each one for industry and company market intelligence.

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Stop! Before You Write Your Executive Resume or LinkedIn Profile ???

Executive Career Brand

The other day I was speaking with a senior-level executive job seeker in the healthcare industry who said she was not getting much response to her resume. We reviewed it together, and I asked her what kinds of jobs she was targeting, and in which industry.

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Finishing Your Job Search Plan Lists – Lesson 2

Career Alley

Job Search Plans are much the same. While you may have all good intentions in launching your search, a poorly executed plan will most likely have you chasing hundreds of leads (like that guy’s coins on the floor) without any real benefit. Job Search Boards.

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15 Tips for Improving Your Job Search

Career Alley

Job search is a challenging process, but certainly not a difficult one. Job search is much the same. Following is a list of tips to help you improve your job search and focus on what is important. The early bird gets the job. Job Search Careers Jobs

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Executive Job Search– Not For The Faint Of Heart

Professional Resume Services

Searching for executive jobs in today’s world can be tougher than ever. It’s imperative that executive-level job seekers stand out from their competition and prove to their potential employer that they offer a high return on investment.

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5 Tips for Successful Job Search Networking

Career Alley

As you add contacts (or renew old contacts) during your job search, you should also “refresh” your relationships on a regular basis while looking for a job. A phone call or email letting them know that you are actively looking for a job should suffice.

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Advance Your Job Search by Speaking the Language of Your Audience


You’re trying to portray your significant expertise, so in your résumé and cover letter you throw in a few specialized words so they know you know the lingo. You might even […] The post Advance Your Job Search by Speaking the Language of Your Audience appeared first on WorkAlpha. Cover Letter Resume Choice of Words

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Top 10 Job Search Trends Of 2014

Career Realism

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a heads up about emerging job search and resume best practices? Results from recent focus groups conducted by Career Thought Leaders throughout the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia have been cataloged and offer a rich array of tips and suggestions for executive and non-executive job seekers alike. Related: 5 Easy Ways To Make Yourself A More Attractive Job Candidate. 8 Apps Every Job Seeker Must Have.

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5 Tips to Help Speed up Your Job Search

Career Alley

Let’s face it, job search can take a really long time. Looking for work is generally a frustrating experience, and after filling out multiple job applications and putting together who knows how many cover letters, it can feel like you’re just hitting a dead end.

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