If you’re looking for a paid position in the professional world for the very first time, it’s a good idea to get some outside help with the trickiest part of the application process: the cover letter. Great cover letters don’t just happen on their own. They require thought, careful editing, and sleek, professional formatting. Free Resume Builder can help you with these challenges. Meanwhile, here are a few tips that you can handle on your own.
I stepped into my very first management role a few weeks ago, and almost immediately, one of my newly assigned team members gave notice. Now it’s my job to sift through cover letters and find a candidate to replace her. How can I use these letters to identify the best candidates? I mean, some brilliant retail workers aren’t necessarily great writers.
During your job search—and probably throughout the course of your entire career—there are two valuable words that will provide immeasurable support to your progress: Thank you. People love being thanked. In your early twenties, those who mentor you, review your resume, or take the time to answer your questions will feel a warm glow when you thank them, a glow that has more to do with their feelings about themselves than about you. Later in your career, a simple thank you can make you a better employee, a better vendor to your clients, a better partner, and a better team leader. When you begin taking responsibility for direct reports, your ability to thank will make you a far better manager. Here are a few simple ways to get your message across.
This week, Free Resume Builder reached out to our network of hiring managers with a simple question: What are your biggest pet peeves when it comes to candidate cover letters? Here’s how they answered.
A strong cover letter conveys a sense of confidence, reliability, and professionalism. After all, reviewers and employers who open your letter are establishing contact with you and reading your words for the very first time, so they’ll need a reason to trust you. They’ll also need some incentive to open your resume file, take it seriously, and consider calling you in for an interview.
Can a cover letter alone create enough impact to land the job of your dreams? Not always, but a truly one-of-kind letter can definitely be enough to bring managers into your corner. And once that happens, your resume file will be opened and read by reviewers who are already unconsciously rooting for you. Consider these five cover letters that can inspire a positive bias in an employer’s mind before she reads the first line of an attached resume.
If you aren’t sure exactly how to identify the blurry line between too much follow up and too little, here are a few key indicators that can help, courtesy of Free Resume Builder:
During your professional job search, it’s perfectly reasonable to engage in “cold calling” or reaching out by phone or email to employers who haven’t posted and open position and haven’t expressed a direct desire for your resume, cover letter, phone call, or communication.
As you polish and perfect your cover letter, how can you tell when it’s time to stop toiling away in isolation and get some outside help? If you’ve been editing and re-editing the same sentences over and over again, and you aren’t exactly sure where your efforts are getting you, it may be a good idea to hand your letter over to someone else for some fresh perspective. Keep the following considerations in mind, and in the meantime, visit Free Resume Builder for templates and formatting tools that can keep your organization and presentation in line with professional standards.
Summary: If you see any of these warnings in a job post, think twice before you invest hours in a perfectly tailored resume and cover letter for the position in question.