Saturday, January 06, 2007

Let's Play Show and Tell With YOUR Resume

By Carla Vaughan

Remember being in elementary school? Wasn't it great when you could bring something to school for SHOW AND TELL? Lesson #1: It's great to be able to bring something that no one else has. You get more recognition. Lesson #2: If you show your classmates something, it has significantly more meaning than if you tell them something. They literally have something to touch. It seems more real.

When you tell a prospective employer that you are a good salesperson, it doesn't seem to pack much of a punch. When you show a prospective employer that YOU ARE a good salesperson by sharing stories of your accomplishments, then you have a better chance of making a good impression. Quantify those accomplishments and you are poised to get yourself a job offer.

For instance, if you increased production of the best selling product at your company, by HOW MUCH did you increase it? 15% 20% 25% Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible. Numbers SHOW results.

Your accomplishments are what distinguish you from your competitors in the job-search process. All things being equal, if a hiring manager were looking at two identical prospective employees who could handle the tasks of the job perfectly well, but one had accomplished more than the other, who do you think is going to get a phone call?

Employers are all about results. Employers are all about the bottom line. Show an employer how your accomplishments affected the bottom line in a positive way and you will make a huge impact.
In your resume, you have to show the employer why you are the best person for the job. SHOW the employer that you have something to offer that no one else does. Make yourself look better than your competitors. Use descriptive active language to engage the employer when reading your resume. Make your words jump off the page and grab the reader's attention.

At the same time, you have to guide the employer through your resume clearly and professionally so that only one conclusion can be reached: YOU are the best candidate for the job. If you simply state your previous job title and the duties you performed, you are not helping them to SEE who you really are. You're just telling them what you have done before. Quantify your accomplishments and let them see just what you can do for them.

Carla Vaughan, Owner/Webmaster

Carla is the owner of, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Resume Presentation Is Key

An employer can have hundreds of boring resumes to pour through. This means when something catches the eye, it must really pop out!

Your resume must impress within the first important seconds or it will not impress at all. Employers will quickly scan all resumes and then grab for those that catch their eye best.

To write a really effective resume, you will use powerful statements that will impress. This is very important, but, you do not want to oversell! There is a very fine line here and you will learn all about it.

Above all, you will make honest statements about yourself. They will be strong statements and 100% true, or they will not be effective at all.

Just as you would sell any product that you believe strongly in, you will learn to sell the product that is you! Once you have learned to do this, you will find that you will get a better response from a prospective employer than other prospects do and even those with better credentials. It is all in how you market your product!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

How to Make Your Cover Letter the Rose Among the Thorns

By Jimmy Sweeney

The main point why you are writing a cover letter is to give the biggest answer every employer seeks in every applicant, why you are worthy of the job. You write your purpose in the letter succinctly and you will definitely get that job (of course your resume needs to look great too).

Cover letters need a touch of personality. The only way for that to happen is if you write it yourself. Do not depend on templates available in books, the internet or the one available in your computer. Letter that are basically the same are normally neglected specially if the company is in search for creative employees.

Before you even try to write the letter make sure you have researched all the necessary information about the company. Get full names, company names, head officers, goals, vision-mission and all the other important elements necessary to point out that you belong in their company.

Your cover letter must have three major paragraphs.

Starting paragraph

Let them know why you are writing to them. Remember to indicate your intended position. You need not let them know where you got information that they have an opening because it doesn’t really help you with anything instead let them know why you want to join the company. Apple polishing is great here but do not over do.

Middle paragraph

Let them know why you

are great for the job. List a few achievements, experiences and skills in this part so they will see how valuable you are. This is a good way to explain to them why you are the worthy one. Share examples but don’t put in the whole dramatic story.

Ending paragraph

Let them know you attached a resume in the next page. You can request for an interview here as well.

Remember to end the letter with gratitude.

Be succinct in all the parts. Don’t bore them to death with a letter that has so much stuff to read and words that only people of ancient times could understand.

Double check your letter for grammatical errors, punctuation marks and typo errors. Make sure that the letter will look professional. Avoid saying I too many times. They just may think you are too self centered this is something you don’t want to happen. Remember to sign in your name and signature before you submit the letter for a more personal note.

For your benefit and the reader of the letter it is best to keep the letter a one pager. Most of the time long letters bore employers and so they neglect the novel you painstakingly wrote for them.

Aside from the form and the grammar what is important is how well you fit the job description. Before you even try to insist and waste the time of both parties make sure that you fit the description to a T!

A great cover letter will garner greater results. Write well and write with a heart. The employer will see your willingness and effort.

Once everything in your cover letter is finalized, check one last time for errors or word that was not typed but were suppose to be there. Look at every single nook and cranny before passing the letter. Make sure your resume is equally as enticing as your letter.

If you are accepted you need to acknowledge their letter immediately and remember to say thank you for their effort and for choosing you.

Jimmy Sweeney is the President of CareerJimmy and author of "Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Visit him at: for your "instant" cover letters today.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Why Didn't I Get That Good Job

By Anil Atluri

That cool large and colourful advertisement is very clear. When you go through that advertisement you are left with no doubt about what that company is looking for. Some of those companies go to the extent of splashing some of their own employees who convey you the feeling that they are enjoying their job and it is fun to work for that company and what’s more that they are being ‘paid’ to have fun.

No doubt, this makes you want to get into that kind of job. After all you just achieved your academic qualification that this company is looking for. And look at the kind of pay. And this person in that advertisement is looking for is no different from your own friend or the next street neighbour you occasionally bump into, individuals you know so well and hang out with and they are no different than you yourself.

So why delay. With your adrenalin pumping you reach out for the nearest pc with the net connection and pull out that ‘formatted’ resume and change the date and the ‘to address’ on that cover letter and email it.

And wait patiently for that call letter from the ‘coveted’ company. A company that literally raised your hope of finding the dream job with the best salary that you ever dreamt of. Time passes from days to weeks and there is no reply from that company but for the brief acknowledgement.

Now you are dejected. You did not get that call letter leave alone that job.

Did you stop and think about ‘why’ you haven’t heard from that company?

First things first. Do you know how much it costs to get that advertisement out? Companies in that league most of the time plan their recruitment campaigns and roll out across the identified territories aimed at the carefully selected target candidate. There is a lot of planning and effort that goes into it. At times the budgets that are allocated for the campaigns are several times the compounded salaries of the personnel likely to be hired. And it is all done by those individuals who have ‘fun’ doing that ‘job’ of planning and ‘rolling’ out the campaign. These are individuals who passionately believe in inviting other individuals like themselves to share their responsibilities efficiently and effectively for the collective good of all involved.

There are never short cuts to ‘good’ jobs. Good jobs need good people with good skills. Do you have it in you? Are you a good candidate? If you were a good candidate: you wouldn’t have sent across a ‘pre- formatted’ resume. You would have sent a résumé that was crafted specifically to that ‘job’ they had advertised for. If you are a meticulous planner you would have researched that ‘company’ and created a ‘cover letter’ highlighting all your skills that are relevant to the job that you are applying for.

That ‘individual’ you saw having the ‘fun’ and being ‘paid’ for the fun actually is in individual who is passionate about her job and is highly aware of her responsibilities.

That is the kind of person that company in looking for.

Not an average individual with less than average skills and less than par skill sets with mediocre performance capabilities and poor attitudes.

The days of ‘recruitment board’s and pulling the ‘right kind of strings’ to get that job with the most ’cream’ is gone. There are no more jobs for life time. Performance dictates what you get. In other words what you get is what you richly deserve.

Start thinking now. What have you got to give the company in return for the kind of pay and perk that you expect from the company? Your attitude. Your unashamed selfishness. Your greed for money for nothing in return.

Can you write a decent letter, leave alone an inter office memo? Can you work with figures and confidently articulate your views to others? Can you get along well with colleagues / team mates at the work place? Getting along well is not sharing a joint or a cuppa or a butt. Getting along is seeing that project through. Do you understand that you are one amongst the many? Can you acknowledge your ‘team mate’s contribution without any reservations? Can you help ‘them’ after office hours to help them complete the project on time?
In short can you think beyond “I, me and myself”?

That is what all that cool, large colour advertisement is all about. Are you now ready to be part of that system? Do you have it in you to get there in to that ‘glocalized’ office?
If not go get all those skills and then come back.
The ‘fun’ job is yours.
They offer you the best pay packet for having fun and something more too because you have proved that you deserve more. And decidedly so.

Now you have that ‘Good Job’ and getting ‘paid’ to have ‘fun’.
Isn’t that you ‘inspiring’ the ‘other’ looking from that advertisement?

Anil Atluri
Soft Skills Trainer

Monday, September 18, 2006

10 Things To Avoid In Your Cover Letter

By Heather Eagar

Like it or not, your cover letter is the first document that creates an impression about you (good or bad). Because first impressions really count, you need to take a careful approach to writing cover letters in order to avoid rejection. Here are the 10 major don’ts you need to avoid:

1. Don’t use cover letter templates, however good they may be. There are three things you must know that go against these templates: 1) they are stale & boring 2) most templates are likely to have been downloaded from internet 3) therefore, yours will be exposed as being identical to many. Use samples to get ideas on how to write your own unique letter.

2. Don’t write a lengthy first paragraph that will only bore the reader. A lengthy first paragraph also dilutes your impressive qualities and eventually weakens the entire letter - this is the last thing you want to happen.

3. Don’t exclude your Unique Selling Proposition, or USP. Remember that the cover letter is your sales letter; you should highlight your main strengths and prepare the reader psychologically to want to read further.

4. Don’t write a vague letter without mentioning specifics, such as the job title and job code/number if you are responding to an advertisement.

5. Don’t address your cover letter ‘To Whom It May Concern’. It shows that you don’t care enough to do your research to find out who is receiving the resume packages.

6. Don’t use fanciful fonts. Don’t unnecessarily use capitalized or bolded words, or grandiose phrases. Don’t send the letter without nixing silly spelling or grammatical mistakes.

7. Don’t use cliché language such as "As afore mentioned, I am enclosing…" This will only irritate the recruiter. Instead use simple phrases such as, "enclosed please find my resume."

8. Don’t include personal information like your race, sex or marital status in the cover letter. These things are against the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, and as such will not impact the decision whether or not you are called for the interview.

9. Don’t use copies of the same cover letters with just the address and date lines changed to send for similar jobs. If you don’t customize the entire body, the letter may either be irrelevant or a mistake may silently make it into the final draft.

10. Don’t brag or make statements that can't be quantified. You should be humble, yet accurate – employers these days often verify your statements for accuracy (and uncover exaggerations).

The trick with the cover letter is to capture the reader’s imagination as soon as they begin reading. This entails keeping your cover letter neat and tidy with a simple format, and avoiding common errors, such as the 10 listed above.

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that promote job search success from beginning to end. If you need cover letter samples and tools, go to

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