April 2011 Archives

Wednesday April 20, 2011

Cover Letters That Win Job Interviews

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A solid cover letter has many good characteristics, including being clear, focused, informative, and friendly. But all of these traits fade from the hiring manager's mind if the letter does not motivate him or her to schedule you for an interview. Therefore, keep that essential point front and center as you create your winning cover letter. Remember, hundreds of other job hunters are seeking the same position you are so it's important that you stand out from the crowd. Here's how:

  • State your objective in bold lettering above your greeting:

    Cover letter.jpgExample: Trained and Experienced Accountant Ready For Immediate Hire

  • Get right to the point. Show the employer that you are familiar with the position he or she wants to fill and are fully qualified for the work it requires.

    Example: I welcome the opportunity to demonstrate, as Manager of the Accounting Department, what I can do to increase efficiency, introduce more productive ways of doing business, and improve the company's bottom line.

  • Mention your experience. I worked for Sloan and Sons for five years as the Assistant Manager of the accounting department and received three outstanding company service' awards during my tenure there.

  • Acknowledge the hiring manager for his or her time.

    Example: Thank you for taking time to review my cover letter and resume. I appreciate this opportunity.

  • Ask for an in-person interview.

    Example: May I meet with you in person? I'll be happy to come to your office or get together off-site, as you prefer, at any time that is convenient for you. Feel free to call my home or office: 888-888-8888.

There you have it--a list of ingredients that will catch the eye of a hiring manager who is serious about interviewing qualified people for a job he or she is eager to fill. YOU can be that person by writing a cover letter that wins the job interview--and a job offer.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair... DURING your next job interview.

Jimmy is also author of the brand new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your "instant" cover letter today. "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

Tuesday April 19, 2011

Fed Reports U.S. Economy Continues to Improve

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The Federal Reserve's latest report on regional economies (known as the "beige book") indicates that business conditions in the U.S. showed general improvement in late February and March. The manufacturing sector continued to lead economic gains across the 12 Federal Reserve districts, and business service activity was varied across the nation. The Beige Book.gifMost districts reported improvements in labor market conditions. Many business contacts indicated they continued to prefer hiring temporary employees to meet increased demand due to persisting uncertainty about long-term economic conditions.

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Tuesday April 12, 2011

5 Resume Tips: Do What Most Job Seekers Don't

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When it comes to writing a great resume, there are no hard and fast rules or specific formats that you should adhere to; however, your resume should be targeted to each specific job that you are applying to. In addition, it must be concise, clear, command attention and stand out from the pack.

Include a Title for the Job You Want

Use a professional title for the position that you want. An improper job title will only serve to position you at a level far below the responsibility or salary level you are seeking to achieve. Including a job title can greatly increase the number of interview calls that you get for higher positions and improve your chances of clinching a higher salary - and when you start at a higher salary, your career growth is also accelerated.

Include an Executive Summary (what you can do for them) - Not an Objective (Me-focused)

An executive summary should be clear and well defined, consisting of a short paragraph or four to five bulleted points. It should focus on how your skills can benefit the employer, not on what the employer can do for you. Using action words will help to convey you as an intelligent and active individual capable of making contributions to accomplish company goals. Highlight your strengths and achievements clearly and quickly. Recruiters and hiring managers want to see information that is to the point, and hardly have time to dig for buried nuggets of information hidden in your resume.

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Wednesday April 6, 2011

Recruiters: How You Can STILL Make Money When Deals Fall Apart

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Opportunities abound in your setbacks.

Marketing Strategies.jpg Did you know that you can still make money when your deals fall apart? I learned this about eight or nine years ago when the recruiters in my office went through a series of one counteroffer after another. Instead of getting upset with those darn selfish candidates, I thought, "Hey, it happened. Let's see if we can still make money out of this." So I designed a formula of analyzing deals and transforming these catastrophes into learning moments. As a management consultant to the industry and as a professional trainer, I think my mind is wired this way. I just can't help it. I'm always looking for new and fun ways to explain why things work and translate that into specific step-by-step action steps, a workable system that is replicable across all levels of tenure and skill in the profession.

So the next time something really, really bad happens with one of your deals, say, "Wow, look at this big pile of manure on my desk. I'll bet there's a pony around here somewhere." Train your mind to immediately respond this way to setbacks. Your first question should be, "How can I make money off of this catastrophe?" It'll help quell your emotions and bring you to a place of resilience.

Here's the exercise you can use. Even if you are the owner or manager, give your consultants a chance at facilitating these discussions. Follow this line of questioning to make sure you can turn this tragedy into a triumph.

Here are the seven steps and ten investigative questions to follow when conducting this 'Deal Autopsy'


Monday April 4, 2011

BLS - Staffing Industry Adds Jobs in March

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data shows seasonally adjusted staffing industry employment added 29,000 new jobs in March, increasing temporary help payrolls by 1.3% from February. Temporary help firms have added approximately 500,000 workers to industry payrolls since August 2009, when BLS seasonally adjusted data on staffing employment began to show growth.

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In a year-to-year comparison, temporary help employment is 12.5% higher than March 2010. The job gains in temporary help over the month, along with those in professional and technical services (35,000), led March employment growth in the service sector of the economy.

"We are seeing encouraging signs that the jobs recovery is developing traction," says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. "The fact that firms are now adding to both their flexible and permanent work forces means that demand for U.S. goods and services is up and that confidence is growing as we head into the second quarter."