Your resume is polished, all you need now is the perfect cover letter to convince the company you’re the right candidate.
There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there about cover letters- be professional but be conversational, highlight skills and experience from your resume but don’t regurgitate your resume, follow a format but don’t be formulaic.
We at First Recruiting have condensed the best cover letter advice into the following three simple tips:
Earlier this summer Fortune published a piece about the six most promising industries for the class of 2015. It’s nothing too revolutionary- healthcare remains on the list with growth expected as boomers age into greater need for health services and the tech industry nabbed two spots on the list for hardware engineers and software developers (no surprise with Apple’s recent announcement of yet another new OS and iPhone). Accounting also made the list with growth expected for a couple of reasons, one being the rise in financial regulation since the great recession (details can be found here), which has created jobs for auditors in both government and the private sector.
The most overlooked question is also the one most candidates are unprepared to answer. This is often because job applicants don’t do their homework on the position. During the interview it is your responsibility to illustrate why you are the most qualified candidate to fill the position. Spend extra time reviewing the job description and qualifications very closely to identify the skills and knowledge that are critical to the position, and then identify experiences from your past that demonstrate those skills and knowledge.
Job searching is hard work. It is easy to get frustrated and disorganized when you are trying to balance your current workload and finding a new job all at once.
Through research and using tactics from my own past job searches, I have complied 7 resources and tools you can utilize to make your job search more organized. I promise you spending a little time organizing and utilizing these tools in your job search will help get you on your way to a new job or career in no time!
Job interviews are essentially a high-pressure sales call. The product? You — or, more specifically, the skills and experience you can bring to a new job. In today’s ultra-competitive job market it’s important to learn to sell yourself and your skills so you stand out during the interview process.