“An ideal candidate should have a strong marketing background, five years of experience in the consumer goods industry, a track record of designing and running complex marketing campaigns for new consumer products, proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, and a graduate-level degree with a focus on marketing or public relations.”
How many times have you found your perfect job — and then taken a look at that list of requirements and decided there was just no way you could apply because you didn’t meet every one of the criteria they’d set out? Read more
When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I’d never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent. Read more
Job Seekers Need to Customize Cover Letters for Each Position and Goal
For each new person you meet, you can assume that he or she is connected to at least a few other people who would be useful in your career or job search. Sales leads. Potential recruits. People who work at your dream companies.
So, how do you ask for an introduction to those people – without being annoying? Read more
Many job seekers spend countless hours writing, polishing and blasting their résumés to dozens of companies. Then they wait, and wait, and never hear a thing.
That’s because human resources people and hiring managers receive heaps of résumés for any given job opening, and they end up missing, skipping or tossing a lot of them. However, it turns out there are things you can do to help ensure your résumé is seen. Read more
When you need to write a cover letter, it’s sometimes the small things that make a big difference. Read more
Do you enjoy writing resume cover letters about as much as you relish root canals? Dread isn’t uncommon when it comes to resume cover letters.
“It’s an area where job-seekers could do the most to improve, because it does require a certain amount of heavy lifting,” said Anna Ivey, a career counselor based in the Boston area. “Most people just write generic resume cover letters, and it’s the resume cover letter that’s really going to open or close that door, that will decide whether they [employers] bother to read on and look at your resume.” Read more
As a recruiter I primarily focus on Technology professionals, however, I have personally hired several salespeople and seen many resumes from people seeking sales positions. I’m often amazed at how many of those resumes don’t address the one, most important question that any sales manager would ask….
Can this person sell???
In sales, that one question is the “Elephant in the Room” when evaluating a resume or interviewing a prospective new hire. If that one question doesn’t get answered, it’s unlikely the process will move forward. Read more