Does Your Resume Lack Vision?Written by David Richter
You’re just getting over shock of having become unemployed. You know you need to begin a job search, but you may not know best way to proceed, or where to start.
More than likely, you will dust off your old resume and modify it to include your most recent job experience. Most people search classifieds and Internet job sites for job openings matching their qualifications. They then submit their resumes to these postings. You will probably do same with your modified resume.
If you follow this routine, you will very likely experience a long and frustrating job search. At end of this exhausting journey, you will find yourself in a job that doesn’t truly capitalize on your unique gifts or talents, nor compensates you according to your worth. Most job seekers go through this.
The job market is especially lean for higher paying positions, yet flooded with good candidates. Your competition is huge and not about to go away. In this climate, mediocrity will not bring you success. You must take a different path. The best place to start is with a vision.
What is your vision for yourself? Imagine some of unique and fulfilling qualities your next job can have. What unique gifts and talents can you bring to table that set you apart from crowd and make this next job all more enjoyable? Write all this down. You are learning how to write a resume that will yield very positive results.
Do You Need Help Writing A Winning Cover Letter?Written by David Richter
Your cover letter is critical to your success. It sets tone. It is read before your resume and includes vital information about you that every potential employer needs. If you don’t have a cover letter, or if you have one that is poorly written, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Knowing crucial elements of a cover letter is imperative to getting in doors and moving your candidacy forward.
Your cover letter must function as a roadmap leading reader from start to finish. It must be created with one thought in mind – to get you noticed. It must invite, it must compel, it must drive reader to a very specific conclusion: ‘This candidate is qualified; in fact, not only qualified, but best fit for position.’
Your resume will then be read. If your resume is as powerful as your cover letter, an interview will be scheduled. So how should a winning cover letter be constructed?
There are a number of ways to actually begin letter. You could pose a question, you could make an extraordinary statement to grab reader’s attention, or you can quote someone famous. Whatever you do, make sure it is appropriate to advertised position and to skills you possess. Along with this opening, you want to note specific job to which you are responding.