yes, you really should write a better cover letter

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager yes, you really should write a better cover letter March 7, 2011 Periodically I hear from readers who tell me that after they started approaching their cover letters differently, as I advise here , they started getting interviews. In fact, I recently promised a post explaining why a cover letter can matter so much. A good cover letter effectively conveys those qualities. which job should I take?

Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? March 14, 2011 In response to the previous post on job fairs , a commenter asked: I have attended my alma mater’s industry-specific career fair the past few years. I attend the fair because it’s better than just sitting at home but leave wondering why I even bothered. Why do these reps (from big famous companies that everyone knows about) even attend the fair?

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how to stand out at a job fair

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to stand out at a job fair March 14, 2011 A few months ago, I attended a bunch of job fairs to search for candidates for some jobs I was hiring for. This was my first foray into job fairs, and it was pretty fascinating to watch how different job-seekers navigated the situation differently. I attend the fair because it’s better than just sitting at home but leave wondering why I even bothered.

things that aren't good ideas #78

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager things that aren’t good ideas #78 March 22, 2011 The reader who received the cover letter excerpted below described it as “things that make your heart break,&# and I have to agree. Posted in cover letters The reader who received the cover letter excerpted below described it as “things that make your heart break,&# and I have to agree. By the looks of that letter, the sender is stuck in 1975.

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job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot February 1, 2011 A reader writes: I’m applying around for part-time office work. Every now and then, a listing will ask for a headshot along with a résumé and cover letter, and it skeeves me out. unless you’re applying for an acting or modeling job. Your photo has no relevance to your ability to do the job. Not very fair of me, I admit. job searching?

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?? 365 Top Tips to Rock Your Job Search Every Day of 2018

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Your job search crash course this year. A job search tip a day keeps the recruiters away closer… This isn't a calendar. You want your job search to be as short as possible, so don't even plan on turning this into some kind of “job seeker tips of the day” desktop calendar that you're still flipping through months from now. Some of the tips only apply to job seekers of certain kinds, such as graduates, older job seekers and employed job seekers.

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What Job Seeker’s Really Want From Employers. Q&A with Taylor Grey

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In August, the news media was rocked after an email response was shared from the San Diego Padres where one job seeker responded to an employer email for her to attend a job fair at the bargain price of $495 with her own counter-email to “Suck My Dick.” Taylor Grey sent the email response out of frustration after having applied for 30 jobs and turned down with the Padres not even receiving an interview. Job Seeker Bites Back: Frustrated with Job Search.

50 Funniest Short Job Descriptions Ever | JobMob

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50 Funniest Short Job Descriptions Ever Over on the Dilbert Blog, Scott Adams gave his readers an assignment : “describe your own job in one sentence, preferably in a humorously derogatory way.&# Try to describe your current job or one of your past career choices in the comments. The “O” Word: Overqualified What Is Your Time Worth? A 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan for Your Job Interview 21 Things Never to Assume About Your Interview Comments 1 [.]

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do what you say you're going to do

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Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? job searching?

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I will review your resume this week

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Fair warning.) For those of you who’d rather not spend the cash, a lower-price alternative is to buy my ebook, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager , where you’ll find lots of resume advice — just not customized to your particular resume. Reply Chuck March 30, 2011 at 5:51 am I do job coaching for a couple charities and have revised resumes myself and seen the work of “professional&# resume writers. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader — Ask a.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader January 24, 2011 Here’s a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a while — and it has a moral too, about how social media can help you get a job! Last month, while screening candidates for a job I was hiring for, I received a cover letter that easily stood out as the best I’d received for that position so far. job searching?

10 mistakes you're making on your resume

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I’d probably repeated the position I’d like to apply in the email title and coverletter couple times, and my resume is probably nicely sorted under the job I’m applying at. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? things that arent good ideas #78 my company does secret performance reviews that were not allowed to see should you include a short-term job on your resume? do I have to be perfect to get a job?

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the 10 interview questions you're most likely to be asked — Ask a.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager the 10 interview questions you’re most likely to be asked January 24, 2011 The absolute best way to kick ass in a job interview is to practice the hell out of the questions you’re likely to be asked. Posted in interviewing The absolute best way to kick ass in a job interview is to practice the hell out of the questions you’re likely to be asked. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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how to tackle your budget process when you're “not a math person”

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to tackle your budget process when you’re “not a math person&# April 1, 2011 In response to the letter from the manager freaking out about having to do a budget when she hates math, MillenniMedia posted some of the best, most straightforward, easy-to-follow advice on this topic I’ve seen. –OP Reply scott m April 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm This is why I will NEVER take a job in management. which job should I take?

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book review, other people's families, and mango sticky - — Ask a.

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Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? job searching?

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should you include a short-term job on your resume?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should you include a short-term job on your resume? March 21, 2011 If you were only at a job for a few months, should you include it on your resume? Posted in resumes If you were only at a job for a few months, should you include it on your resume? If you get fired after being on a job for a short time, are you ever *required* to disclose it? I’m glad I left that particular job on my resume. job searching?

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does company's silence mean I didn't get the job? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager does company’s silence mean I didn’t get the job? January 6, 2011 A reader writes: I recently interviewed for a job, and didn’t get it. Then, a couple days after New Year’s, the job is posted as being open on their website. The fact that the job was posted after your interview may or may not mean anything. I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t get the job. which job should I take?

2011 57

something cool and free for you

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Going through the sign-up form it asks for ‘Company Name’ & ‘Job Title’… ugh Any ideas? :) Reply Ask a Manager February 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm Absolutely it applies to you as well! Job title is not a required field. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? do I have to be perfect to get a job? which job should I take?

2011 56

1000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence)

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I read this blog religiously! :) Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment { 1 trackback } Tweets that mention 1,000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence) — Ask a Manager -- Topsy.com Previous post: how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? do I have to be perfect to get a job? job searching?

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Ask a Manager -- Topsy.com Previous post: my boss’s boss never talks to me but makes decisions that impact me Next post: do I have to be perfect to get a job? Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? job searching?

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don't send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager don’t send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions for job applicants December 30, 2010 I’m hiring college students for several internships right now, which means that the candidates are a mix of really impressive/prepared and really … not. Don’t include in your cover letter a link to your blog about your chronic masturbation habit. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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when a social contact invites you to send a resume

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A formal application with traditional cover letter? Posted in job searching You’re talking to someone at a party, or a friend of a friend, or the guy who just moved in down the street. Worst casing it, you have a great contact for expanding out your job search. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? do I have to be perfect to get a job?

2011 52

Valentine's Day round-up

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how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? when your ex is a coworker — and a silly one (and the later update ) entry-level job search with boyfriend recruiter I met at career expo asked me on a date — what do I do? can I use my ex as a job reference? how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise?

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resume review offer ends at midnight tonight

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And I hope people who get theirs looked at this time around can come back with a story that it helped them get the interview and/or the job! Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment Previous post: phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams Next post: manager who’s bad at numbers is panicking over budget process Syndicate by RSS Subscribe to all posts. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? job searching?

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am I wasting this recruiter's time? — Ask a Manager

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January 21, 2011 A reader writes: Is it unprofessional to talk to a recruiter at another company even if you have no immediate plans to leave your current job? The job sounds like it might be more interesting than my current position. However, I was planning to stay at my current job for at least another year, mostly out of loyalty to my boss, who pulled some serious strings last year to get me rehired after I was laid off. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

2011 54

want your resume reviewed by an expert (free)?

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Ask a Manager -- Topsy.com Previous post: short answer Sunday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions Next post: will looking like a teenager harm my job search? Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? job searching?

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referring a friend for a job? not so fast… — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager referring a friend for a job? not so fast… January 3, 2011 A job opens up at your company. You have a friend who’s job-searching. Yay, get your friend a job and get to work with someone you like! Referring a friend for a job can have consequences that people often don’t take the time to think about, whether they ultimately get an offer or not. Posted in references A job opens up at your company.

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when's the right time to ask for a raise?

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Reply Jamie April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm This is great advice – and the point about having been there under a year is something to keep in mind when you’re negotiating your starting salary and the job is in the process of being defined. Some jobs are what they are, and if you’re taking on a position with clear duties a year is a good rule of thumb. And simply showing up at work to do the job you were hired to do isn’t a reason for an above-avergage raise.

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short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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My boss was my boyfriend’s mother I have begun my job hunt once more and am worried about one thing in particular: my last boss. The whole ordeal was a bit unorthodox and I see now that it was a mistake, but she was my long-time boyfriend’s mother and I was hoping to get her to like me better by doing a great job. What do I tell interviewers when they ask me about my last job and my last boss? That’s a lot of interviews per job.

2011 57

short answer Saturday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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You say yourself that he’s not working at the level needed; you won’t be doing anyone any favors (him included) by trying to cover this up. Do your job to the best of your ability, and let him be accountable for his own performance. I interviewed for the job, but did not get it. I applied and got an interview, but did not get the job once again. It was the same department, same job, same job description all three times.

2011 55

short answer Saturday: job search edition — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: job search edition January 22, 2011 It’s short answer Saturday: six short answers to six short questions. When both an e-mail address and a fax number is given as an option to respond to a job ad, which method is more effective? Is it better to respond to a job ad immediately or wait a few days? That’s the correct format for a letter you’re printing out and mailing. job searching?

2011 56

8 things you should know about job references

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 8 things you should know about job references February 14, 2011 If you’re job-searching, at some point you’re going to be asked for references … and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re going to hand them over without giving much thought to what will happen next. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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apparently (many) outplacement firms suck — Ask a Manager

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Outplacement firms are hired by some companies doing lay-offs; they ostensibly help laid-off workers find new work, by helping with resumes and cover letters, coaching, etc.) And one woman was chastised for ordering cranberry juice, because “it could be interpreted as a sign of a urinary-tract infection.&# * At least some of the cover letters they’re writing for people truly suck. Not fair, but that’s reality. which job should I take?

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the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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In January 2007 — before Ask a Manager existed — I was feeling antsy about the many ways in which I was seeing job candidates torpedoing their own chances. Posted in job searching Just came across this and thought you guys might find it interesting. In January 2007 — before Ask a Manager existed — I was feeling antsy about the many ways in which I was seeing job candidates torpedoing their own chances. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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10 tips to get the most out of your internship — Ask a Manager

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Work experience of any kind is good, sure, and I’m sure that just a job with the same sort of experiences as an intership will work just as well. Though its worth noting that most jobs through school will be work-study, and employers increasingly know this, and in my experience you don’t have to really do anything or have any qualifications to get a work-study. Still definitely better than nothing, but a job outside your school signals you had to compete to get it.

a few housekeeping notes, and a holiday present to you — Ask a Manager

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As a fabulous holiday hurrah, I’m offering you 40% off my e-book, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager. Put in this discount code and you’ll get a massive discount: holiday2010 In this book, I set out to give you an inside look at a hiring manager’s brain, so that you can have an insider helping you every step of the way through your job search. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise?

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how to fire an employee with a bad attitude — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to fire an employee with a bad attitude January 3, 2011 A reader writes: I have an employee who has been doing her job OK but has a bad attitude and is dragging everyone down. But you really have to — it’s part of the job. Posted in firing A reader writes: I have an employee who has been doing her job OK but has a bad attitude and is dragging everyone down. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: another job search edition January 29, 2011 We did a job search edition of short answer Saturday last week , but the questions keep piling up so here’s another one. I am currently job hunting and a few days ago stumbled upon a position that was the perfect fit for my skill set, experience, and place. A job description asks for me to send a resume and “salary range.&# job searching?

2011 57

things that aren't good ideas

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Those are the same people who call to follow up on a job application every couple days, without regard for what the job ad said or what you have told them already. 3 Reply Katy O March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm I bet their question was “Why can’t I find a job?&# Reply Richard March 9, 2011 at 7:07 am I’m kind of hoping that their question was ‘How soon should I email for a follow up after not getting a reply from a job interview?’ job searching?

2011 48

update from reader afraid her old boss would out her as.

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I’ve been pretty busy… with my new job! My only regret is waiting so long to leave my old job. I’ve been pretty busy… with my new job! Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions?

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listen to me on Minnesota Public Radio — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager listen to me on Minnesota Public Radio January 7, 2011 The wonderful Alexandra Levit and I were guests on Minnesota Public Radio this morning, talking about job search strategies in a tight job market. Posted in me The wonderful Alexandra Levit and I were guests on Minnesota Public Radio this morning, talking about job search strategies in a tight job market. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams March 30, 2011 A reader writes: Can you give some general advice to us desperate job-seekers when answering ads on sites like Craigslist? I figure if they are not willing to let me know who they are, I am not going to send a bunch of confidential information about myself, no matter how desperate I am for a job. Vague job descriptions could certainly fall in that category.

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I will totally get you a job. — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager I will totally get you a job. January 11, 2011 I can print a letter of praise once in a while without it being obnoxious, right? I hope so, because I really liked this letter: I was laid off in June and have floundered job search-wise since. when the interview was over, she was her reserved self once more, and I wasn’t at all sure I’d gotten the job… Until today. do I have to be perfect to get a job?

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