Cover letters can either excite a potential employer or bore him or her to tears.
A current executive resume writing client asked me for a few quick tips on adding some sizzle to his cover letters, and here is what I told him.
There really is no good reason for prospective employers to insist you reveal your current salary (or past salaries) in order to be considered for hire. Any employer worth his/her salt knows that the salary offer should be based on a candidate’s value and reasonable market value of the position, completely independent of what their current or previous employers may have paid them.
It has unfortunately been my experience with a few executive clients that they take the high-impact executive resume we developed and send it out “bare” to a potential employer–without a customized cover letter. This comprises the first, and often fatal cover letter self-sabotage.
You just got the call and a prospective employer wants you to come on board! The very first thing to consider is whether the salary and compensation package are what you could reasonably expect and be happy with. The financial aspect is critical, because the most wonderful work environment, challenging and satisfying role, and great work culture are not worth much if you can’t live comfortably on your salary or are feeling resentful that you are underpaid from day one.
Did you know that a full 87 PERCENT of recruiters use LinkedIn to reach out to candidates? And that the vast majority of employers weigh your positive or negative presence in social media heavily in making hiring decisions?
Once you’ve got a dynamite executive resume together, the next step is to plan and start a comprehensive job search campaign. A truly effective campaign will utilize more than one resource…
By now virtually everyone who is or has been recently in the job market is likely aware of the importance of keywords in career communications, whether it be your executive resume, your LinkedIn profile, or the cover letter you send along with your resume. See strategies and samples in this article.
LinkedIn is currently rolling out what is being called the “new desktop experience.” Every two years or so, LinkedIn makes significant changes to the design and content of its website. The latest update — launched in late 2016/early 2017 — is designed to align the LinkedIn desktop experience with what users of the LinkedIn mobile app have seen for quite some time.
Ryan Roslansky, Vice President for Product at LinkedIn, said in a blog post in September 2016 that “this is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception, and it’s the foundation for our future.”
Jason Alba has a great blog (and a career management website called JibberJobber that is worth looking into as well). In reading his latest post “I Broke My Ankle. Lessons Learned…,” I was nodding yes for two reasons:
You’ve got an absolutely stunning executive resume and LinkedIn profile, have practiced your responses to the toughest interview questions, and have researched everything you can find about your target companies. But don’t forget how you look at that upcoming interview. It really is true: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.