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Cover Letter Salutations – Which One to Use?

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One of the toughest dilemmas in writing cover letter is using the right salutation. Although it might seem simple, salutation is important as it gives the first impression to your prospective employer.

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It is always a must to remain as professional and formal as possible with the salutation that you decide to use. It is best to try and locate the specific name that the cover letter should be addressed to. This gives you the opportunity to address the cover letter in a salutation such as Dear Mrs. Doe, Dear Dr. Doe, or Dear Mr. Doe. However, there are many cases that this type of information is simply not available. In this case, it is best to use a salutation such as Dear Personnel Manager or Dear Hiring Manager.

Although some individuals also address cover letters in cases such as this with a salutation of Dear Madam or Dear Sir, there are many people that feel that this is not appropriate. It is also important to refrain from using salutations like Dear Sirs or Dear Gentlemen, as they are considered to be offensive.

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There are also salutations to use for ending a cover letter. There are a variety of ending salutations that are considered to be sufficient for using on a cover letter and a few of these are as follows:

  • In the event that you have located the name of the individual that you are sending the cover letter to, you could use the salutation ‘Yours sincerely’.
  • In the event that you know the individual as a friend or as a business contact, you could use the ending salutation ‘Best wishes or Best regards’.
  • In the event that you have not located the specific name that the cover letter should be addressed to, you could use the ending salutation ‘Yours faithfully’.

Craft a perfect cover letter

Writing cover letter is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect cover letter, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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How to Get a Job through LinkedIn – Part 2

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LinkedIn brands itself as the social network for professionals and a lot of people do use it successfully for sharing information and news about their companies or discussing key issues in their industry. But what can LinkedIn do for the jobseeking professional? Many of us are not as clued in to all of LinkedIn’s different features as we might be. However, it’s worth getting to know this social network better as it has a surprising number of tools for helping your job search. Here are five of ten ways in which we can use LinkedIn in our pursuit for the right career.

Take part in the Q&A

Another function that helps you meet people and turn them into Connections is the Q&A. Here you can ask the whole LinkedIn community questions on almost anything, provided the topic loosely fits in with one of the designated categories. Again, asking questions is useful for getting information and advice on a particular job role, organisation or industry. It’s not the quantity of answers that you get but the quality. I’ve asked questions and only gotten one answer, but because that answer was useful to me, I went away happy. Just as important is answering questions. It’s another way of drawing people’s attention to you and your profile. And if you answer questions on your chosen specialties, potential employers get to see your knowledge and experience in action.

Share updates

Yes, LinkedIn, like every other social network, has the dreaded status update feature. Use it to your advantage by keeping your Connections up to date with your voluntary work, skills building or networking activities. This lets employers know that you’re being active and creative in your job search-showing them your enthusiasm and commitment in targeting the right role.

Recommendations

People don’t just have to take your word for it, though. The Recommendations feature allows people who’ve worked together in an organisation or on a project to endorse one another. Each recommendation only has to be 2 or 3 lines: sometimes ‘Ms. Jobseeker is a very competent accountant and very easy to work with. She went out of her way to assist me’ is enough to help a potential employer or client build up their picture of you. How do you get Recommendations? Ask! On your profile page, click on the ‘Get Recommended’ link and fill in the form it takes you to. Again, don’t be shy-if the feature’s there, you might as well use it!

Find events to go to

As useful as social networking can be, you don’t have to deprive yourself of offline networking. In fact, LinkedIn can even help you find events to attend, as that’s yet another thing Members are able to post about. On the home page, roll your pointer over the More tab and select Events from the drop down menu. In Events Home, you can then see which events your Connections are attending or interested in and you can also view the most popular events on the whole of LinkedIn. Click on the ‘Find Events’ tab for a keyword search filtered by date, location and type. It’s a very handy way to quickly find local events connected to your specialities or chosen industry.

Explore the other applications

There are even more LinkedIn applications that could be of use to you. By getting to the Applications Directory through the ‘More’ drop down menu, you’ll see that you can connect your blog and Twitter updates to LinkedIn; share a personalised Amazon reading list; content and presentations; and create polls. Put simply, these are all ways to inform people about yourself and/or gather information for your job search.

Get the Professionals Do the Job

Writing a powerful LinkedIn profile can be tricky. It has to be very interesting, concise and professional at the same time. It’s your gateway to your dream job, so don’t waste the chance!

At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and LinkedIn profile that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and have that impressive LinkedIn profile!

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Secret Job Hunting Tips

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If you have been in the job hunt for quite some time, you might be wondering “where have all jobs gone?”. It seems like no one is hiring in this tough economy; and even if they hire, they don’t want to hire you. No matter how hard the situation is, never lose hope! Here we will share secrets to where to find “hidden” employment opportunities.

It is no longer a secret that networking is crucial for finding the job, but you might have a much wider network of professionals than you know. Here are some contacts you can use to getting employment in the “untapped” or “hidden” job market.

  1. Companies you have interviewed with in the past. If you were close to getting a job there, go back and see if they have any current openings. They would be glad to re-consider you.
  2. Previous managers and co-workers. They already know your worth, making easier to recommend you to others. If you are still employed, make sure they are individuals who honor that confidentiality.
  3. Members of organizations you were active in: fraternities, sororities, professional business associations, charity groups, fundraisers, athletic clubs, etc. In addition, contact their local sponsors. Find the employers, which in turn lead you to the jobs.
  4. Recruiters focused on your industry. Give them candidate referrals and they will help you in your job search. The nature of their work makes them an invaluable source of information and contacts.
  5. Business organizations in your field. Join them and more importantly, stay involved. Join committees, become a committee leader or get on the Board of Directors. You meet relevant people while creating a brand for yourself showing your commitment to your industry.
  6. Non-profit organizations, especially if you are in the private sector. They value talent from any industry to help with management, marketing, sales and consulting. Target organizations which support your passion or cause.
  7. Government sector: the Peace Corps, the FBI, the security division or local government. They pay great benefits and pensions. Their pay scale and number of jobs has increased from the stimulus package. There will be sufficient jobs available until the economy gets stronger.
  8. Your own advisory board of mentors. Connect with a few individuals within your industry with whom you respect and can contact to guide you through your career.
  9. Companies that accept volunteers. They will appreciate your help. Act as you would if you were being interviewed; they are considering you as a future employee.
  10. International companies opening locations in your area. Building their staff with local talent saves them money (no relocation expenses). Applying directly with them also saves them recruiting costs. They also benefit from employees who know about the area and its market.

 

Increase your chance with the right resume

Besides making use of your contacts, you also need to power up your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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5 Tips for a Killer Resume

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Many people have all the skills and attributes they need for a job, but they never make it to interview because their resume does not do its job. Here are 5 tips to create a resume that will work.

Target Your Resume

It is a cardinal sin to send out the same resume for every job vacancy. It doesn’t do you justice and experienced recruiters take the view that you have no particular interest in their company, or the specific job vacancy. Your resume needs to be tailored to show how you meet the requirements of the job. This enables you to stand out from the competition (who often do use the same standard resume). You can tailor your resume without a major re-write by amending your profile, key skills and achievements.

Write a Powerful Profile

Recruiters tend to make their decision on a resume by about two thirds of the way down page one. So it’s critical to tell them how you meet the requirements of the job early in your resume. Putting a personal profile after your contact details is an effective way of doing this. This should state in four or five lines; who you are, what you offer and what you want. The profile is where you start to tailor your resume to the requirement of the job as detailed in the advert of person specification.

List Down Your Key Skills

Underneath the profile, list five or six of your key skills or attributes. Again these should be tailored to the job for which you are applying. Start each point with the skill or competency you want to demonstrate.

 

List Down Your Achievements

For each job you have had in the last ten years, include two bullet points on the job scope, for example, ‘leadership of a team of eight professional staff’. These should be followed by around five key achievements in the job. Each achievement should include; what you did, to or with what, and with what result. An example of how to write an achievement is this format is ‘Developed (what you did) a sales initiative (to or with what) that led to a 15% growth in volumes (result). Again you can tailor your achievements to demonstrate the skills required for the job for which you are applying.

Pay Attention to the Presentation

Your resume is designed to get you an interview; it is not your life story. So it should be no more than two pages long. Recruiters just do not read all of a five page resume! Make sure you use a classic and easy to read font. Make use of bullet points and keep decent margins on the page. Finally, ensure you check all the spelling. Resumes with no spelling mistakes are 61% more likely to get a response and 25% more likely to get you an interview.

Get the Professionals Do the Job

When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume and cover letter is an easy job. However, more often than not, they are wrong. They end up submitting a messy and unimpressive resume which is quickly thrown into the trash bin.

Don’t let your resume and cover letter get treated like that! At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and cover letter that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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Characteristics of a Perfect Resume

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You may have read dozens of article on resume writing tips from different sources, and some of them may be contradicting. So, which one to follow? Here, we have compiled the top things to include and not to include if you don’t want your resume to be thrown into the trash bin.

URL to your professional online profiles

If you don’t include URLs to your professional online profiles, hiring managers will look you up regardless. 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ online profiles, so make their job easier by including your URL along with your contact information. This will prevent recruiters from having to guess or mistaking you for someone else.

Executive summary

Instead of including a generic objective statement which no one cares about, provide an executive summary at the top of your resume, which should be like a “30-second elevator pitch” where you explain who you are and what you’re looking for. In approximately three to five sentences, explain what you’re great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer.

Reverse chronological order

When elaborating your professional experience, use reverse chronological order. This is the most helpful for recruiters because they’re able to see what you’ve been doing in recent years immediately. Also, remember to only include relevant experience which is related to the job you’re applying for.

Keywords

Many companies use some kind of screening process to identify the right candidates. You should include the keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your resume. Identify the common keywords, terminology, and key phrases that routinely pop up in the job descriptions of your target role and incorporate them into your resume (assuming you have those skills). This will help you make it past the initial screenings and on to the recruiter or hiring manager.

Achievements in bullet points

Recruiters receive so many resumes to scan through at a time, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you’re perfect for the job. Avoid dense blocks of text and create short bulleted points instead. Under each job or experience you’ve had, explain how you contributed to or supported your team’s projects and initiatives. Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role. This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed, and projects delivered on time or under budget. Do not use any more than three to five bullet points.

Put education at the bottom

Unless you’re a recent graduate, you should highlight your work experience and move your education information to the bottom of your resume. Never include anything about your high-school years.

Craft a perfect resume with Style Resumes

Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume!

 

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