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How to Use LinkedIn to Connect with a Real Person When Applying for a Job

Most people know how to find jobs online and apply for the jobs they find. But one of the biggest frustrations I hear from job seekers is the difficulty of making sure your application reaches a real, live human being—and that that person will actually give your application some real consideration. Fortunately, you have a powerful weapon in connecting directly and personally with the hiring manager of your target position. LinkedIn is a huge resource for companies posting jobs and recruiters...

Why (and How) to Tweak Your Resume (It’s not as hard as you might think!)

Have you heard the advice that you should customize your resume each and every time you send it out? This is great advice in theory. But in the real world, spending hours re-constructing your resume for each job application isn’t practical. And what exactly should you be tweaking anyway? Here are some targeted tips on why and how to tweak your resume. The good news is that a few minor changes can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your resume.   Tweak Your Headline and Summary Section...

What a Cover Letter Can Do That a Resume Can’t

Most professionals know the importance of a well-written resume. But don’t stop there. Angela from RedRocketResume explains why a cover letter can help you get the attention you deserve. One of the most common–and most damaging–mistakes job seekers make is neglecting their cover letter. Getting a hiring manager’s attention is first and foremost a marketing endeavor. Like a movie trailer, a cover letter encapsulates the main ideas and most compelling highlights of your...

The Recruiter-Approved, High-Impact Strategy for Submitting Your Cover Letter

Like Mark Twain (pre-1910, anyway), reports of the death of cover letters are greatly exaggerated. A good cover letter lets you break through the limitations of a just-the-facts-ma’am resume so you can introduce yourself, describe your career trajectory, and reveal your working style and career philosophy. Perhaps most important, a cover letter shows that you go all the way and that you know how to play the game. But in a world of email attachments and online job applications, how exactly do...

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