10 unexpected ways to use cover letters

The beauty of cover letters is that they enable customization to a much greater extent than a resume does. You can use cover letters to make emotional connections with hiring managers, to show fit with the employer’s culture and to reveal glimpses of yourself that portray you as an authentic human being.

Here are 10 ideas for using cover letters in ways you may not have thought of…

You can continue reading https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/10-unexpected-ways-to-use-cover-letters

These are the jobs least likely to go to robots

…We have examined 2,000-plus work activities in every industry sector across the US economy. Here are eight findings from our research, highlighting the automation potential of each sector—providing some technical indicators as to which occupations are most and least likely to go to a machine…

You can read more at

https://www.mckinsey.com/mgi/overview/in-the-news/these-are-the-jobs-least-likely-to-go-to-robots

This is when you should use a video resume

…A video résumé isn’t for everyone. For example, if you’re applying to jobs as a backend engineer or accountant, using a video résumé probably isn’t a good idea.

That said, video résumés are highly effective at highlighting certain skills and strengths that standard written résumés can’t fully convey.

For instance, a video résumé can be valuable if you’re applying to any job where the ability to perform is important—whether it be acting, giving presentations, or teaching. This especially applies to jobs in creative fields, as well as any position that requires you to leverage your interpersonal skills or speak publiclyYou can read more at https://www.fastcompany.com/90421997/this-is-when-you-should-use-a-video-resume-and-how-to-do-it-well

How to Customize Your Resume for Each Job You Apply to

…customizing your resume to each job you apply to is critical if you want to prove that you’re the right person for the job… You can read more at/continue reading https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/how-to-customize-your-resume/?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=FastCo

Video Interviewing: Lights, Camera -- But No Connection

More interviews are conducted by Skype or video conference, particularly in the early rounds. There are even some companies that send out questions in advance and ask candidates to video record their replies within a few days.   Suddenly, you’re not just thinking about what you’re going to say. You’re also an IT person, scriptwriter, lighting and sound engineer, wardrobe consultant, and camera operator. Plus, you’re trying to make that all-important human connection through the inhuman means of technology.

You can read more at https:https://www.forbes.com/sites/garyburnison/2019/07/01/video-interviewing-lights-camera-but-no-connection/?utm=#24ceadab31c7

5 Different Ways to Get the Real Scoop on a Company's Culture

How do you get the low-down on culture before you even walk into your first interview? It’s not always super easy, but it sure is worth trying. Poor employee morale or a company vibe that flies in the face of your values can turn a seemingly great opportunity into a true dud in no time at all. And the last thing you want to do is leave a company you’re not happy at to start a job at anothercompany you’re not happy at.  You can read more at https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-different-ways-to-get-the-real-scoop-on-a-companys-culture

10 LinkedIn Profile Summaries That We Love (And How to Boost Your Own)

…Your summary is the text box at the top of your LinkedIn profile, just below your photo. It’s open-ended space (2,000 characters max) where you give an overview of your professional life. …Your summary is the one place you define yourself in your own words, free of start dates and titles... Whether you use it to put career choices in context, highlight your biggest achievements, or show off your personality, the summary is your chance to put your best self out there. It strengthens your first impression in a way no other profile section can...

You can read this article athttps://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/linkedin-best-practices/2016/7-linkedin-profile-summaries-that-we-love-and-how-to-boost-your-own

How To Answer 'Why Are You Interested In Our Company?' In An Interview

…An interviewer asks, "Why are you interested in our company (this position)?" to gauge your preferences. They want to get past superficial reasons like pay, benefits and location..

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmathews/2019/06/30/how-to-answer-why-are-you-interested-in-our-company-in-an-interview/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=career&cdlcid=5cbf27861802c8c524ac6284#1f414eb24a97

Design your resume with a basic font and cover letter to land a job

Hiring managers spend merely six seconds on each resume.

According to resume experts, HR professionals don’t read resume without a cover letter…  

You can read more at https://www.businessinsider.in/careers/article/design-your-resume-with-a-basic-font-and-cover-letter-to-land-a-job/articleshow/71473574.cms

The No. 1 Interview Question Job Seekers Forget To Prepare For

An often overlooked area of preparation is what questions you’llask the interviewers. This can be a "make or break" part of the interview…

You can read this article at  https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawngraham/2019/07/27/most-job-seekers-fail-to-prep-for-this-common-interview-question/#1224ac431b1esource Forbes email

Using a SWOT Analysis in Your Life Science Career Planning and Marketing

While this article was written by Katharine Hansen, for Life science professionals it could  be applied to other disciplines   The SWOT Analysis is a key tool in the strategic planning process that life science professionals can apply not only to career planning, but to career marketing. A SWOT analysis examines strengths and weaknesses in the internal environment and opportunities and threats in the external environment.  You can read more at https://www.biospace.com/article/-using-a-swot-analysis-in-your-life-science-career-planning-and-marketing/

Cut these words from your resume immediately

Choosing the right tone in your resume can be a challenge. But by carefully selecting the right words, you can connect with employers and make them feel confident you understand their business and are the ideal person for the job.

​​​​​​Words to avoid using in your resume… You can read this article at https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/cut-these-words-from-your-resume-immediately

Going To A Networking Event? Here's How To Keep Track Of Business Cards And Connections

Attending networking events is an exciting way to expand your professional circle and gain business insights. As you accumulate connections (and business cards), however, it can be hard to keep track of them. You want to make sure you can stay on top of each connection and remember who’s who, so you can follow up where appropriate after the event…  You can read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2019/10/07/going-to-a-networking-event-heres-how-to-keep-track-of-business-cards-and-connections/#4b0f8a751b73

The art of the cover letter

Everyone knows a resume is important — it’s supposed to be the perfect snapshot of your work history, positioning you as an ideal candidate for that next gig.

But what about a cover letter?

It can be tempting to just write up a generic cover letter for all the jobs you’re applying for, especially if they’re for similar positions. Change a few details here, change a few company names there, and voila — perfect, right?

Not so fast!

There’s an art to writing a cover letter.

You can read this article at https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2014/12/30/art-cover-letter/

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