Articles about Cover Letter

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6 cover letter mistakes that might be ruining your career

With your cover letter, you are basically selling yourself. Having one that’s impressive is not an easy task to pull but most certainly worth it.

Career Change

How to change careers with no experience in your new field

The prospect of career changes, however, can seem daunting — especially without a background in the new field of interest.

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Can you wait till the application deadline to apply? Don’t be so sure

Some may see an application deadline and think, "Sweet, I have weeks to prepare my cover letter," but career experts caution against waiting too long.

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6 phrases (and 6 words) you should never include in a cover letter

Use the right wording on your cover letter, and you’re golden. Write the wrong thing, and your application can end up in the “thanks, but no thanks” pile.

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The best and worst things to put in your cover letter, according to 9 HR experts

We asked career experts and hiring managers what cover letters have left lasting impressions on them, and they shared the best and the worst cover letters they’ve ever seen.

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Common cover letter mistakes new job seekers make

Like a resume, a cover letter is a single page that can make or break your chances of landing a job. In an effort to get hired fast, new job seekers might rush through the process of writing and submitting their application materials, and often make some common cover letter mistakes.

“Cool” job! Different words attract job candidates in different cities

If you're an employer seeking top candidates, think carefully about describing a job you need to fill as "cool."

Cover Letter

4 ways you’re killing your cover letter

We've all messed up a cover letter by using specific words and phrases— here's what else has most likely happened to you, and why you shouldn't even think about going down these paths.

career change

What we can learn from Meghan Markle … about updating a resume

We are only a few days away from The Royal Wedding there is so much information out there about anything and everything having to do with the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From her dress to the food being served at the wedding to the flowers in her bouquet but we want to focus on something really sexy: how Markle will be updating her resume as she transitions from being an actress to an official Royal person. This is what everyone has been dying to know!

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How to stand out when competing for a summer internship

The 5 types of internship applications a company receives, detailed pros and cons of each type and examples of how peers are applying for internships and how you can snatch those opportunities for yourself with the best possible application!

Job Search

Words and phrases you should never include in your cover letter

It goes without saying that you always want to present yourself in the best possible light when you’re job searching. From how you structure your resume to what you say during a job interview, it all counts towards (and against) you during the selection and hiring process.

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Do recruiters read cover letters?

The answer may surprise you.

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These are the simple reasons you’re not getting hired

It’s terribly unnerving when you don’t know why employers are passing you over for jobs, and they aren’t exactly forthcoming with their reasons … until now.

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Four steps to simplifying your job search

When you’re looking for work, you have enough to worry about. Don’t make your job hunt more complicated than it needs to be — follow these four steps to start simplifying your job search.

Resume

This is the single biggest mistake you’re making with your resume: Ladders 2018 Resume Guide

If there’s one trick to getting your resume right, it’s understanding that your resume is not about you. This is the biggest resume mistake, and how to get your resume template right. From the Ladders 2018 Resume Guide.

Advice

Study: This is exactly how much you can brag on your resume before it backfires

Bragging about ourselves on cover letters and resumes can influence a hiring manager's decision. Self-promotional language works — up to a point.

Job Search

5 ways your cover letter can grab a recruiter’s attention

Keep it short, simple, and interesting.

Advice

5 words upper-level Fortune 500 employees use to stand out on LinkedIn

A study of 750 LinkedIn profiles of workers at Fortune 500 businesses, showing the top words included include "leader,"  "strategic," and "innovative."