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Job Application Package: Cover Letter, Resume, Follow Up

It's interesting to take a look at an entire job application package - the resume and cover letter (targeted towards the position applied for), and the thank you letter, which asks for a second interview, as well as reiterates the candidate's interest in the job.

The candidate was kind enough to share her application materials with us and it's important to note that they worked. The cover letter was focused on the job she was applying for and the resume reflects her relevant skills. The thank you letter sent after her interview, expressed her interest in securing a second interview and, like her prior materials, showed why she was an excellent fit for the position.

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Share Your Resume, Cover Letter or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

I'd like to expand our collection of resumes, cover letters and CVs. If you have a curriculum vitae, resume or letter that you're proud of, I'd like to consider adding it to our samples. Simply send it to me via email, along with the form giving us permission to use it. I'm looking for samples that reflect all levels of job seekers - from students to experienced professionals. If you're concerned about privacy, let me know, and I'll edit or remove your personal information. Thanks in advance for your help!

If you're looking for resume, cover letter or curriculum vitae samples to review, take a look at these free sample resumes, cover letters, curriculum vitae, resignation letters, thank you letters, letters to accept, or decline a new job, and more career-related letters you can use for your job search correspondence.

Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage has increased in several states as of January 1, 2007. States with increases include: Arizona - $6.75, California - $7.50, Ohio - $6.85, Colorado - $6.85, Delaware - $6.65, Missouri -$6.50, Montana - $6.15, New York - $7.15, Vermont - $7.53, and Washington - $7.93.

The federal minimum wage hasn't changed. It remains at $5.15 an hour. However, Congress will be working on raising it this year. If an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages.

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Your IM Screen Name

I discuss professional job searching frequently. Sometimes, I even think I talk about it too often. I've mentioned that your voicemail message needs to sound professional, as does your email address. One more thing that I've noticed that could (and should) be more professional is your IM Screen Name. More and more people are using Instant Messenger services for networking, and for talking to recruiters and potential employers.

Some of the milder ones I have heard recently (and this is in a professional capacity) are littlewildone, suchapooper, and kissesalot. They're not terrible, but, you can be creative and make a much better impression than they did on someone who may able to help with your job search. Review our job search toolkit to make sure all your job search related communications are polished and professional, as well as our advice on how to use Instant Message to job search.

Wednesday January 3, 2007 | permalink | comments (0)

Cover Letter Checklist

Before you send your cover letter, review this Cover Letter Checklist to make sure that you have covered all the basics and are sending a perfect cover letter to your prospective employer.

You only get one chance to make a good impression, so it's important to make sure all your materials are in order. Paying attention to detail is really important when job searching, because I can guarantee that the resume and cover letter reviewer will notice any little mistake. And any mistake could get your resume into the "no" pile instead of the "interview" pile.

Monday January 1, 2007 | permalink | comments (0)

Start the New Year on the Right Track!

The start of a new year is always a good time to assess where you stand with job hunting, where you are in your job search, and to get started on a search or to get back on track. If you're considering a change, this is a good time to decide whether the timing is right for you to begin a quest for a new job or career, and, if so, to get started.

It is also the time when we typically consider some resolutions for the future. Some of the top experts in job searching and career development have been kind enough to share their advice on how to effectively job search with us. Considering adding some, or all, of them to your list of New Year's Resolutions.

Sunday December 31, 2006 | permalink | comments (0)

Teach for America

What do Google, JP Morgan, Accenture, and Goldman Sachs have in common? Besides being top ranked companies, they all have partnered with Teach for America to actively recruit Teach for America corps members after their two year commitment. In fact, both Google and JP Morgan have recruiting partnerships, where new hires can defer their start date until after they have served with Teach for America.

If you're a college senior who wants to make a difference in the lives of children, and their families, who wants to change education in America for the better, and who wants a life changing first job experience, Teach for America is well worth considering. Check with the Career Services office at your school to see if a visit is planned to your campus or visit Teach for America online for more information.

Friday December 29, 2006 | permalink | comments (1)

Start a Job Search System

It's important to have a system in place when you start a job search. And this is a good time of year to get organized. If you set up a job search system, it will help you expedite your job search.

Start by searching the job search engines, top job sites, your local job sites, and the job sites that focus on your career field(s) of interest each and every day. Set up job search agents, so you are notified about new positions via email. You might think you are duplicating efforts, but you're not. Not every search generates the same results and you don't want to miss what might be a perfect job opportunity.

New jobs are posted all the time so you need to stay on top of what's available so you can beat the crowd and get your application in early!


Resume Gap

Many of us take time off, for one reason or another, from working. Sometimes, it's by choice. In other cases, it can take time to find a new job. What the best way to explain an employment gap on your resume? It depends on the situation and what you did while you weren't employed. Here's some advice on how to handle a resume gap.

Cover Letters

Writing a good cover letter is one of the hardest parts of a job search. Your cover letter needs to be targeted, error free, and compelling, and it's got to make an impression in just the few seconds an employer will take to review it. Here's how to write an effective cover letter, along with sample cover letters, formats, and examples.

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