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. And yet I know many of you are still unconverted and since I would like you to actually get interviews, I’m going to continue to beat you over the head about this.

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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in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? January 5, 2011 A reader writes: I had a great second phone interview with a company I think would be perfect. Next, she wants me to phone interview with her boss, and THEN it’s some in-person interviews with CEOs, etc. Should I have brought it up with the interviewer today? It makes the whole rest of the interview irrelevant.

2011 52

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

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Every now and then, a listing will ask for a headshot along with a résumé and cover letter, and it skeeves me out. Every now and then, a listing will ask for a headshot along with a résumé and cover letter, and it skeeves me out. However, I don’t know how that can’t be avoided in an interview if someone has extreme bias against a particular race or gender (etc.). is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

2011 58

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

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Did you spellcheck and proofread your resume and cover letter? Prepare stories for your job interview. Know how to correctly pronounce your interviewer's name in advance. Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Before job interviews, practice walking into the room. Use rejection-response letters. Stand during phone interviews. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Don’t flirt in interviews.

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366 Job Search Tips for Every Day of 2016

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Prepare stories for your job interview. Know how to correctly pronounce your interviewer’s name in advance. Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Before job interviews, practice walking into the room. Use rejection-response letters. Stand during phone interviews. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Address being overqualified before they ask. Prepare reference letters in advance.

2016 64

did I prepare too much for this interview — and turn off the employer?

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A reader writes: After submitting my resume and cover letter to the president and director of a major company for an executive assistant opportunity, I was contacted for a phone interview. I aced the phone interview and was invited for a face-to-face. Since I really wanted this position, I made sure to study the company and position requirements, and brush up on my interview skills. I interviewed with the president and director of the company.

2013 60

new hire wants to print everything, how can I make myself look less qualified, and more

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I don’t want to leave the job off, because eight years is a big gap; I left there about four years ago, though, so well within the time period normally covered by a resume. The key here is going to be your cover letter , where you’ll need to make a compelling case for why you want an assistant position and why you’d be great at it. And remember that you’re not necessarily overqualified … you’re differently qualified! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2018 24

I don’t have any work to do at my new job, awful resume feedback, and more

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Even I know not to waste space with objectives or bios outside of a cover letter. I was called for a second interview but the job was reposted meanwhile. I interviewed for a position where I will be the manager of the same type of department I currently work in. I was interviewed by 2 department heads and the administrator. However, the exact same job has been re-posted twice since my interview. Interview handshakes when you’ve got arthritis.

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do what you say you're going to do

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2011 66

how to stand out at a job fair

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I will review your resume this week

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I’ll tell you what you need to change to have a resume that will make a hiring manager excited to interview you. (Oh, 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? is that interview question legal?

2011 60

10 mistakes you're making on your resume

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2011 59

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. News & World Report today , I list the 10 most common questions you’re likely to be asked in an interview — which are thus the 10 you should rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. what was your worst interview?

2011 60

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

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When you answer the phone and sound surprised to hear from me, which prompts me to ask if you were expecting my call (which was pre-scheduled), don’t say, “I just forgot that it was Thursday.&# Don’t tell me when I call for our phone interview (again, pre-scheduled) that you haven’t looked at the job description since you applied and thus can’t remember much about the job. is that interview question legal? what was your worst interview?

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

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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. That’s because you can never get to know someone as well in interviews as you can in other contexts; the candidate who interviews well can end up being flaky, disorganized, difficult to work with, and all sorts of other problematic things that someone can hide during the hiring process.

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. Same for phone, utilities, etc. is that interview question legal? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

2011 56

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

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I’m on a shoestring budget and eating ramen for a the next week until my next student loan rolls in, but I’ll keep that recipe! :) Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment Previous post: should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is that interview question legal?

2011 55

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

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2011 55

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

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January 6, 2011 A reader writes: I recently interviewed for a job, and didn’t get it. A few weeks later, though, the person I interviewed with contacted me out of the blue to ask me if I’d like to interview for a similar position, which was unposted. I went to the interview, met with four different people, toured the office–it took a whole afternoon! The fact that the job was posted after your interview may or may not mean anything.

2011 57

something cool and free for you

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Because this is for me and not my company, and I do not wish to recieve sales calls anytime in the future, I entered the information on the form that I deemed necessary and I got a kick back that a company name, job title, and phone number (that,by the way, I never include on forms) “is required&# and that my AOL email address is “not valid.&# the 10 interview questions youre most likely to be asked short answer Saturday: job search edition am I wasting this recruiters time?

2011 56

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

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Get an Ask a Manager mug … or mousepad!

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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? short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

2011 54

Valentine's Day round-up

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2011 54

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! 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? is that interview question legal?

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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? 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? is that interview question legal? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

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

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I don’t want the recruiter to feel like I’m wasting her time, but part of me says a brief chat on the phone couldn’t hurt. Take it as far as you can, and if you decide that the offer (if it comes) is insufficient to get you to switch jobs, politely decline it using the same sort of bland fluff which companies use in the rejection letters they send to unsuccessful candidates. is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

2011 54

want your resume reviewed by an expert (free)?

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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? short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

2011 53

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

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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? short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

2011 53

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

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Make sure they put it in your offer letter, so revisiting it isn’t awkward or premature…it’s just part of the contract. 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? is that interview question legal?

2011 50

8 things you should know about job references

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Reply Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 9:54 am How can then the issue about warning your references ahead of time really work when the interviewer can call people who are not on your exact reference list? I hear the “myth&# of what can be said in a reference phone call from people who have worked decades ago. how to stand out at a job fair short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself?

2011 50

the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment Previous post: the 10 interview questions you’re most likely to be asked Next post: Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader Syndicate by RSS Subscribe to all posts. short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? is that interview question legal? what was your worst interview?

2011 50

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

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

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Since I was the only one who had been here “since the beginning,&# that meant I had to cover that department while we tried to find a replacement. Reply Ellen January 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm Ferdinand F Fournies’ book “Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed to Do and What To Do About It&# covers almost every reason for nonperformance, and how to take “attitude&# out of the equation. is that interview question legal? You suck, interviewer!

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

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Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment Previous post: where are they now: update #11 – interviewing again after an unsuccessful interview Next post: where are they now: update #12 – lazy doctor compromising patients’ care Syndicate by RSS Subscribe to all posts. short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? what was your worst interview?

2010 50

Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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The only time that I got an interview with, and then later a job offer from a company that I met at the job fair, when the guy called me to invite me to an interview and told me that he had gotten my resume from the fair, I sat there wondering if he received it from when I met them 1 year ago or 3? After doing some research on him online I decided to proceed with interviewing. I was called in for an interview a few days later for a paid marketing internship.

things that aren't good ideas

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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?’ Reply Emily March 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm This reminds me of a series of phone calls I’ve been getting lately. My number is ###.&# ) They are never available when I phone the next day, morning or afternoon. is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

2011 48

short answer Saturday: job search edition — Ask a Manager

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Including mailing address at top of emailed cover letter Every example cover letter I’ve ever seen uses a business letter heading that includes both your and your prospective employer’s mailing address. I’m preparing to apply for positions in research labs at large universities, all of which require that you copy and paste your cover letter into a box on the HR web site. is that interview question legal?

2011 56

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

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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? short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

2011 49

listen to me on Minnesota Public Radio — Ask a Manager

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It was good to hear your voice — what was funny was that I didn’t realize who they were interviewing, but I thought the advice sounded like your blog… and it was you! 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?

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.) Some of the highlights from the article: * At a mock lunch interview, one guy “was scolded for not following his coach to the restroom to continue the conversation. It maybe somewhat helpful to use their them to proofread your resume and/or cover letter, but get alternative advice as well.

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. Interviewed twice, but turned down for an interview the third time I work for a public institution and applied for a position in August. I interviewed for the job, but did not get it. I applied and got an interview, but did not get the job once again. This time however I was not selected for an interview.

2011 55

phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams

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But lately a new one is in the works – I received a response that basically said, “This is a confidential search, and as such, please let me know your phone number and I will contact you with more information that way&# and was signed with someone’s first name only. If you do apply and you get a response like the one you quoted above (“this is confidential but send me your phone number&# ), do you really have much to lose by just letting them call you?

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