So the debate that used to rage about yes cover letter, no cover letter, elevator pitch cover letter, blah blah blah… is starting to calm down. If you have been in the job hunt for awhile you are already pretty knowledgeable about what falls into the ‘will not read, don’t bother’ pile. On top of the short list, without debate, is the cover letter.
Recall our discussion about Application Tracking Systems (ATS)? The velocity and volume of applications that hiring managers receive simply cannot all be read so what could possibly make you think that a cover letter is going to get you through? This is an incontrovertible fact. And recruiters, especially those who work with third party recruiting software (and that means nearly all of them) confirm it.
So how do you distinguish yourself within the four corners of your resume? Take a couple of minutes to check out this recent Fast Company article and then check over your resume.
Don’t agree? I would love to hear from you especially if your cover letter is what got you the job!
Who doesn’t know about networking and how critical it is to learning about job prospects, developing mentor relationships or even earning a job interview for a position that you covet? You may know some folks that are very skilled at it. You may have some friends who are not-so-much. You might even include yourself in the ‘not’ group.
Whether you are in the ‘I got this’ group or the other, I encourage to check out an Entrepreneur.com article written by proclaimed network guru, Darrah Brustein. Your read will go quick and your skill-building understanding of how to develop or improve your networking skills will deepen. It might provide you some much needed momentum into 2016 and beyond.
Happy New Year!
I have met many millennial junior, senior and post-graduate students who are so enthusiastic, capable and eager to throw themselves into the workforce. Juniors are anxious to land that summer internship and seniors and post-grads (as well as new alums) are singularly focused on finding a living-wages job. One expects that with such determination and drive our gatherings would be a lively discussion and sharing of networking experiences and ideas for developing industry mentors or employee referrals. (A recent study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of NY reported that candidates who are referred to the hiring manager are twice as likely to get an interview — the holy grail of the job hunt — with 40% more likely to be hired over other applicants — winning!)
Instead, dead air filled the room and the enthusiasm was replaced by tentative silence. What I discovered is that most millenials think that the invitation/acceptance of connecting or friending someone on LinkedIn or Facebook is all there is to ‘networking’. There seemed to be no recognition that the very term ‘networking’ defines exchange of information, in short, communication. What I saw in the room was anxiety and puzzlement.
Networking is fundamental to the art of getting a job. The silence was ultimately replaced with a question that was, apparently, common to the group: ‘But how do you network with someone in your network?’ So, I thought I would share a post I recently stumbled upon that attempts to answer that very question. Keeping in mind that it is one person’s opinion but I think that it is worthwhile to take it in and use it to introduce some self-awareness toward your next networking opportunity. In fact, it may take the anxiety out of networking.
This is Chantal’s first 225AM report of the new year and she has discovered why we give our users the ability to add a single new connection [read: someone hands you their contact information or business card in a meet and greet setting] to her 225AM aggregated, searchable, network. It’s a short little clip wherein you’ll hear how this simple tool has already helped her stay organized and networking.
I’m going to take a few minutes to show you how to convert your LinkedIn resume into a PDF file and upload it to your 225AM Document Library.
You can maximize the value of having a platform that is custom built to help keep you, the job seeker, organized and effective as you move through the daily rigor of looking for work. Bring all of your cover letters, resumes, and support files together into an application that is built specifically to keep you on task.
- Log into the Resume Builder associated with your LinkedIn account and click on Manage Resumes in the upper right of your screen.
- If you have multiple versions of your resume you will need to convert them one at a time.
- Once your page comes up, simply click on the label PDF/Print at the top of your screen to begin the conversion
- Then navigate to where you want to save the file on your local hard drive after the conversion is finished.
- Once you verify that your PDF file has been saved to the desired location and you can return to your Document Library on 225AM.
- Click on the Manage under My Files and then on the Upload File button to find your file.
- You’ll see the filename you have assigned to your PDF appear at the top next to an editable text field that will allow you to rename your file.
- You do not have to rename your file. This is available as an option. Then you can assign the file to one of your existing tags.
- Or you can create a new tag by typing it into the Add a tag field. Documents organized and sorted by tags will be easier to manage.
All of your PDF and acceptable image files are available as attachments, and are viewable or downloadable from your Document Library. Native document files, like from Word or XL, are not viewable but can still be sent as attachments and only downloadable for further editing. It is also important that you know that your deleted files will still be viewable in your activity timeline.
It’s so simple. It works.
Here are my 4 top takeaways from a segment of the Leonard Lopate Show, Pro Tips to Grab a New Gig for the New Year, that I was listening to on my car radio a few days ago:
1. Getting a personal referral from someone in the company to which you are applying is worth their weight in gold.
2. Develop mentors and advisers from your network and get feedback from them about your cover letters, resumes and other supporting documents – hiring managers will not help you with improving your resume.
3. Low quality, sloppy grammar and spelling mistakes on a resume is the fastest track to rejection by a hiring manager.
4. Always, always be truthful on your resume and in your interview.
His guest is an HR executive, Victoria Humphrey, author of Clueless Emperors: How to Overcome Problem People and Not Be One Yourself, and the just over 28 minute piece provides job-seekers, from soon to be graduates to nearly retired, a forum to disclose their experiences and listen to real life hiring managers share their advice and cautionary tales.
You might not agree with everything that you hear, or you just might learn some new things, too. Nevertheless, please take a moment to listen, then I invite you to share what your top 4 takeaways are with me.