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10 Cover Letter Tips http://orglearn.org/career_success_blog/2011/07/17/10-cover-letter-tips-for-effective-cover-letters/ from #rictownsend at #orglearn

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Dumb Interview Questions – Funny or Sad

Well the whole idea of writing a great resume is to get an interview. So when you do get one don’t mess it up!

On first read of this article I thought it was funny… then I realized it was a bit sad.

“You know enough to bring a list of questions to a job interview. When the interviewer asks you, “So, do you have any questions for me?” the last thing? You want to say is “No.” But that could be the best option if you’re at a loss for words, because some interview questions are better left unasked.
Here are 10 highly unsuitable interview questions that should never make an appearance, unless you don’t want the job:”… the rest is here

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Resume Tip Twelve – Cover Letter ‘Rules’ Part “B”

When responding to an employer’s advertisement refer specifically to the qualifications they are looking for and highlight the two ‘most important’ attributes you have to satisfy their requirements. (The resume should cover the rest)

Always focus on what the employer wants rather than what you desire. (Yes I know its basic however resumes I read still emphasize what the applicant wants rather than what a potential employer needs).

Research the organization you are applying to and make a statement that supports what you have read… perhaps quote their vision or some article that talks about their goals and then explain what you have to give that will help them.

Refer the reader back to your resume e.g. ‘You will see from my resume that I have had extensive managerial experience’

Demonstrate how your competencies and qualifications are transferable and relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Sign all letters with “sincerely” not “best regards” or “yours truly/faithfully” or any other variation

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Resume Tip Eleven – Cover Letter ‘Rules’ Part “A”

Your cover letter should be specifically written and targeted at the position you seek rather than just come across as your cover letter type ‘form letter’.

Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and why you would like to work for them – a disguised compliment perhaps… and everyone likes a compliment.

Effective cover letters also identify your relevant competencies (skills and knowledge when applied to specific tasks) supported by relevant proof statements (based on past job roles, achievements and responsibilities).

If you have been referred to a company by a mutual contact (ensure your contact is in good standing and with your potential employer) and use their name in your letter. (e.g. Fred Jones recommended I contact you regarding the position of xyz)

Your letter must include an explanation of how/where you learned of the position you are applying for and you must ensure you have the correct title of the position and/or any relevant reference number if included in their advertisement.

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