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How Can Social Media Help You Land a Job?

In case you missed it, social media has become a key player in the job search process today. In the same way that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ allow job seekers to know more about companies, the also allow employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of a résumé, a cover letter, or an interview.

So, how do you use these social media channels to your advantage? Let’s find out.

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Is the Resume Objective Statement Obsolete?

Is the Resume Objective Statement Obsolete?

In the old days, the most typical and ubiquitous format of resumes looks like this:

  • Contact information
  • An objective statement
  • A listing of prior jobs
  • Candidate’s education

It begins with a now obsolete objective statement with the underlying message saying, “Here’s what I’m looking for. If this is what you offer, give me a call.” These objective statements also serve as the candidate’s wishlist which more or less reads, “Seeking long-term job with excellent benefits, yearly bonus, and promotion potential at stable employer with wonderful work environment.”

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How A Cover Letter Can Cost You Your Job

Cover letters are a blessing and a curse. They can either make or break you. And you probably know how. Well, if you don’t, you better find out.

Cover letters give you room to discuss your qualifications. That is a relief from the crunched bullet point of a resume. With a cover letter, you can put forward your personal brand exactly the way you want.

However, that same freedom and that intimidating blank page to fill, it’s easy to veer off in the wrong direction. Consequently, we end up making cover letters that pretty much cost us our dream job.

You know it helps if you know the usual blunders people commit with their cover letters. Knowing where we could go wrong helps us not to walk down the path towards those shortcomings. So, here are some of the most common mistakes people make when writing cover letters. (more…)

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The Anatomy of a Killer Cover Letter That Gets You Hired

Amazing officemates, cool boss, fresh and free snacks in the office vending machine, exciting things to look forward to everyday? Hmm. Sounds like your dream job, right?

You know how you’re going to get it? By quickly showing your future employer that:

  1. You’re going to perform incredibly well in this job;
  2. You’re insanely likeable; and
  3. You’re really going to fit in.

These are the primary factors that influence the selection process. If you concisely and eloquently answer these three, your chances of getting a call is pretty high. And the best place to do this (other than your actual resume) is through a killer cover letter.

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10 Free Classic and Creative Resume Templates

We’ve been talking about writing and formatting a resume, and it’s pretty clear that drafting an impressive resume is much more difficult than we think.

Indeed, writing the resume is the first challenge, but it’s more than just filling in the blank spaces with your credentials, your achievements, and your skills, you’ve got to make it look as clean and classy as possible. And there, my friend, is the second challenge – format and design. Indeed, itt takes more than just writing it. It has to look good and pop out, too!

Your Microsoft Office Word comes with free templates for various documents including resumes. But, these MS templates are quite boring and not so noteworthy. Your resume is supposed to help you stand out and get noticed by the hiring manager. Aside from the content itself, looks matter, too.

But you might say: “Wait, I’m not that creative, and I don’t know how to manipulate layouting applications.” Well, you don’t have to learn Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Sketch to come up with an impressive resume – well, at least not necessarily. We searched the internet for classic, creative, and clean resume templates. We’ve found a few good ones. (more…)

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