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Three Words That Will Kill Your Cover Letter

It’s pretty easy to recognize a terrible cover letter within the first 2 seconds of reading one. People tend to forget that this document is a sales tool – you use it to sell yourself to a prospective employer. That being said, it’s very easy to ruin your potential sale with just a few simple words.

The most important thing you need to do when writing your cover letter is remember that the person reading it cares about what you have to offer them, not about who you are in…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on August 6, 2010 at 2:28am — 2 Comments

How Far Back Should Your Resume Go?

I recently came across a resume that listed a summer cashier position in 1976 as part of a person’s “professional experience.”

While it may seem a little strange or ridiculous to include an irrelevant position from nearly 25 years ago, I can tell you that it’s actually not that uncommon to come across something like this. A lot of people think that they literally need to include everything they’ve ever been involved with on their resumes, and I can assure you that not only do…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on August 6, 2010 at 2:25am — 1 Comment

Hot Resume Tip…

Times have changed, after all, as Grant Cooper, president of Strategic Resumes Strategic, notes in the Resume Critique Writer software that he authored. “Brief resumes are simply no longer effective in today’s increasingly competitive job market,” he said. “The advice that ‘They only want to see one-page resumes,’ is perhaps the single most outdated and incorrect statement job-seekers hear today.”…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on July 18, 2010 at 9:08pm — No Comments

What to do about listing salary requirements?

Some job advertisements ask you to include your desired salary, and if they ask for this, it usually means that you can’t avoid doing so. Listing salary requirements is always tricky because it’s hard to “guess” what the employer will think about your preference. Asking for too much can rule out your chances right away because you might appear unrealistic, but asking for too little can signal a red flag and tell the hiring manager that you don’t value your skills and experience. So the…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on July 18, 2010 at 9:04pm — No Comments

What to do about writing a Resume with No Content to Include

Writing your first resume can be very daunting, especially if you have little to no work experience to speak of. This is a common problem for students, and a lot of them go about addressing this problem the wrong way – they either apply for jobs that do not require a resume, or they turn in a resume with little to no content.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR RESUME BLANK!!!

Every person, including you, has skills and…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on July 12, 2010 at 2:40am — No Comments

Employer Interview Questions

Employer Interview Questions

With the current economic climate and changing job market, employers have now started to alter the types of questions they ask in interviews. With hundreds of Internet pages dedicated to types of interview questions and all listing the same “general” type questions (what are your strengths, where do you see yourself in 10 years, etc.), employers are now steering away from these types of questions and…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 30, 2010 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Dream Job … Reality or Myth?

What is a dream job?

Do you know someone who has the dream job?

Is there really such a thing as a dream job ?

RedStarResume posted this question to our…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 30, 2010 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Listing Achievements on Your Resume

It’s really important to remember that achievements are essential to every single resume.

I’ve come across so many resumes that include no achievements whatsoever. It’s actually very common to see this, so it’s important that you include achievements in your resume as they provide a lot of value and depth. Most people forget to include achievements on their resumes because they simply don’t know how to communicate them.

The…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 20, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

How Far Back Should Your Resume Go?

I recently came across a resume that listed a summer cashier position in 1976 as part of a person’s “professional experience.” While it may seem a little strange or ridiculous to include an irrelevant position from nearly 25 years ago, I can tell you that it’s actually not that uncommon to come across something like this. A lot of people think that they literally need to include everything they’ve ever been involved with on their resumes, and I can assure you that not only do you not have to…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 20, 2010 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

What Spelling and Grammar Check Won’t Pick Up on Your Resume

You’ve probably been told over and over that the use of proper spelling and grammar are extremely important on your resume and that one little mistake can ruin your chances at obtaining a particular job. It seems to me that these warnings are given out all the time. When I ask people to tell me the number one mistake on a resume, they almost always say that it’s bad spelling and/or grammar. This really makes me wonder because it’s pretty rare that I come across an error-free…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 14, 2010 at 7:14pm — No Comments

How to Make a Career Change

It is NEVER too late for a career change! Sure, you might not have direct experience in a certain industry or job, but you need to prove to any hiring manager that your existing skills are, in fact, transferable skills.

If you’re debating about making a career change, don’t be afraid. Even if a career switch later in life seems like a completely radical change with many possible consequences attached to it, you should still go for it if it’s something you really…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 6, 2010 at 7:04am — No Comments

Ever have one of those days?

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 3, 2010 at 12:01am — No Comments

What you need to do before you ask for a raise…

Before you ask for a raise, the most important thing you need to remember is that you need a reason for asking for one. An employer is not just going to hand out extra money to you because they like you – you need to give them a compelling reason to do so.

Basically, you need to give them something that exemplifies your hard work and that shows you are a positive asset to the company. Think of a few ways for doing so – below are just a few examples:
Arriving on time…
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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 2, 2010 at 11:58pm — No Comments

10 Tips to staying positive while looking for a job

Don’t let the media and the news put you down. No matter how bad they say it is companies are always looking to hire the best available staff. If you have the right skills and passion, there will be a job waiting for right around the corner. You just need to remain upbeat and positive. Below is a list of things you need to do in order to help you through the job search process…

Keep a routine: Don’t get into the bad habits of waking up late, sleeping in the…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 2, 2010 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Listing Hobbies & Interests on Your Resume – Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

I frequently come across resumes that include a section for “hobbies and interests” or something similar. Many people think it’s necessary to include something like this, however I can assure you that it’s probably best to avoid doing so. There is a limited amount of space for content on your resume and just a small amount of time for the reader to look over your information. That being said, you should use it strictly to highlight your professional qualifications and achievements, not your…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on June 2, 2010 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Top 5 Cover Letter Mistakes

If you’re going to take the extra time to write a cover letter that you include along with your resume, you might as well write it properly! We talked to a few recruiters and found out that they frequently find mistakes so annoying that cause them to immediately discard some applications all together. Here’s a sample of some of the mistakes they mentioned:…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on May 18, 2010 at 1:31am — No Comments

Top 20 Best Summer Jobs

Ideally the best thing you can do is try to find an internship which is related to your degree or passion. One of my favourite rockers, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a slaughterhouse before rising to fame with Black Sabbath! This is the best way to gain real life experience as well as having something terrific to put on your resume. For example, if…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on May 16, 2010 at 6:40am — No Comments

What are the hardest challenges facing graduates in 2010?

2010 is going to be another tough year for graduates. The economy is still in downturn and competition for jobs is as fierce as ever. No one said graduating was ever going to be easy!

Top 5 challenges facing graduates in 2010:

Competition (too few jobs and too many graduates)

Here is the…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on May 16, 2010 at 6:38am — No Comments

When Is The Best Time to Apply For Online Jobs?

The job application process is no doubt tedious and tiring for everyone. We’ve all been there – sifting through the various job ad postings, sending through resume after resume, and all we want to do is get the application process over with as fast as possible. Everyone tells you to at least take a few minutes to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job you apply for.

Personalizing your application materials no doubt increases your chances of getting a call back, but I’m…

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Added by Gavin Redelman on May 16, 2010 at 6:37am — No Comments

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