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Has Your Job Search Gone Nowhere? 6 Steps to Re-Focus and Get Back on Track

Has your job search gone nowhere?      Submitting lots of applications, sent lots of resumes, but no interviews?         Feeling discouraged and beaten up by a non-productive search?               Confused and bewildered about what to do now?                
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Thank You Letters - Why Send Them and to Whom?

Thank You Letters  – Send thank you letters to everyone who assists you in your search.      I repeat . . . . EVERYONE!   Thank you letters should ALWAYS be sent following any helpful interaction, including interviews.  Use a formal format, if you are sending a typed standard letter, or a less formal format for an e-mail or a hand-written note-card.Your
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You Know More than 9 People! . . . or, Your Network is Wider than You Think

Your network is wider than you think.   You know more than 9 people!When I sit down to begin work with a new client, one of the things we always discuss right up front is networking.  This critical skill is at the core of finding new positions, since the majority of jobs come through networking.  I ask clients to create a networking plan, which begins with them identifying
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Template for a Cover Letter - Alternative Format

Below is a template showing how to write a cover letter in 8 steps.  This format shows an alternative to the traditional paragraph style for a cover letter.  It uses a 2-column style of presenting qualifications in Step 5.  This alternative style cover letter is preferred by some recruiters and human resource professionals because it makes their job easier!  It makes is very
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Template for a Cover Letter - Traditional Format

Below is a template showing how to write a cover letter in 8 steps.  A cover letter is a formal letter and should be written as such, with attention to correct format, spelling, and grammar.The template illustrates the 8 Steps that are described in my article:  "How to Write a Cover Letter - 8 Steps to Writing an Effective Letter that Moves the Action Forward."**Just follow the steps and
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How to Write a Cover Letter - 8 Steps to Writing an Effective Letter that Moves the Action Forward

Resumes may be the marketing tool that open the door, but cover letters get you invited in.  While a resume shows what you've done, a cover letter allows you to specifically tell what you could do, and how, for a future employer.   Format of a cover letterFirst, note that your cover letter is not a dissertation.   It should be fairly short, rarely over one page or 1 ½ pages maximum,
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A Resume Without a Cover Letter is a Job Only Half Done

I’ve written my resume and I think it’s pretty good.  It tells everything I’ve done – and even shows some accomplishments.  So why do I need a cover letter?  Isn’t a resume enough?     Unfortunately, the answer is No.  It is not enough.A well-crafted cover letter gives you another opportunity to make the sale for you as a potential employee and a
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Types of Letters for Your Job Search

Writing letters is an integral part of a successful job search - more than you might think. Job seekers find themselves producing lots of letters.  Those who run a really active search find themselves writing . . . .    -  letters to accompany their resumes,     -  letters to request assistance,       -   letters to
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Use Letters to Show and Sell

Writing letters is part and parcel of the process of finding a job.  While composing letters may seem uncomfortable if you're not much of a letter-writer, keep in mind that letters provide you with another opportunity:       (1) to show what you can do, and       (2) sell a prospective employer on the benefits of hiring you!While writing
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Select, Prepare, and Protect Your References

Identifying a few folks who will speak on your behalf, and then listing their names on a sheet of paper seems like a simple enough task.  When your list is complete, voila', you have a reference list to be given out to prospective employers.     Right? . . . . .  Wrong!Compiling your reference list, called an Annotated Reference List, is anything but simple.  Just
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