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What to Say in Your Cover Letter

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When you turn in your resume to a potential employer the first thing that they will see is your cover letter. Because your cover letter will be the first words read by the person deciding the fate of your dream job, you have to make sure that it sounds just as good as your resume. But where do you start and what do you say?

Your cover letter should be written in the typical business letter format and should address three general issues. The issues you will touch on are why you are writing via the first paragraph, what you have to offer via the second paragraph, and finally how you will follow up via the third and closing paragraph. These are broken down as follows:

Paragraph 1: Why you are writing

In this first paragraph you need to convey to the reader why you are writing this cover letter and do it in such a way that you grab their attention. There are three different ways to go about writing this paragraph and they are:

  1. Response to a posting: If you are responding to a posting that the company made be sure to indicate this in the first paragraph. You will also want to convey to them how you feel that you will be the perfect match for their position.
  2. Prospecting Letter: This is an unsolicited response so you have to be even clearer as to why you are writing. Be sure to state your specific job objective in this section.
  3. Networking letter: This type of letter will be written if you plan on approaching people for a job opportunity, so be sure your objective is clearly stated.

While it may be tempting to write a blanket cover letter and use it for all of the resumes you pass out, this is a big mistake. Be sure that the cover letter is tailored to a specific type of job and situation in which you are trying to get that job.

Paragraph 2: What you have to offer

In the second paragraph of the cover letter you will want to convey to the potential employer exactly what it is you have to offer them. Key in on your accomplishments and abilities to solve potential problems and also be sure to show how your past work skills and education are transferable to the job in which you are applying.

Paragraph 3: How you will follow up

Finish off the letter by telling the potential employer once more how enthusiastic you are about the job. You can either give them an e-mail address and phone number to reach you with or you can go bold and simply declare that you will call them at a specific time and date to set up an interview at a mutually convenient time. If you do that however, be sure you call when you say you will.

You can also put on the cover letter that references are available upon request, just be sure that you have your reference list ready if it is asked for. While the cover letter isn’t all that long, it needs to be written in a strong manner in order to get the potential employer to first look at your resume and then call you for an interview.

Get a professional cover letter that will get you 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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How Finding Job is Similar to Finding Love

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Is finding a job like finding love? With today’s job market, it can be just as tough to find a good job as it is to find a good companion. But the way you approach finding a mate is not so different from the approach you should take when trying to find a job. While it’s true that opposites attract, most people seek a mate with common interests and values. You’ve also probably heard that you have to know and love yourself before you can know and love another person. The same is true when determining what career field you should enter into.

Develop your criteria

First, you need to know what you like and what you don’t like. Do you prefer an outdoorsy, adventurous job to a nice, quiet desk job? You also need to determine what you value most in an employer. Are you looking for an employer that is honest and caring? Do you want one that’s going to spend a lot of money on you in salary and benefits? If you recoil at the idea of a long distance relationship, location and commute may be important factors in determining what kind of job is right for you. So the first step to a job search is self-assessment. Career assessments are similar to tests used in computer and online matchmaking. They measure your interests and values to determine what career fields may be a good match for you. However, these assessments should not be taking too seriously. Just like the results of your matchmaking test do not mean you can only date those people who fall into your “perfect match” category, the results of your career assessments do not mean that you don’t have the ability to succeed in other career fields. Many times, potential mates come along when you least expect them, and so do other career opportunities.

Start finding your “soulmate”

Once you know what kind of job is right for you, now you have to go out and find it! There are several ways to find a job, and it’s important to exhaust all possibilities. First, there are online services that let you post your resume and view job listings. This is similar to posting your personal profile and searching personal ads online. However, keep in mind that you can’t just post your resume or mail out a 100 resumes to a 100 companies and sit back and expect employers to call, just like the ladies can’t expect to give out their phone numbers to every man they meet and sit at home waiting for them all to call.

Go out and meet people

Probably the most effective and successful way to find a job is through networking. Networking is important because, just like the fact that not every person has a personal ad posted online, not every job is advertised in the newspaper or on the Internet. In fact, over half of all jobs go unadvertised. Networking can be very intimidating and can even make some people nervous because it’s very similar to being “fixed” up on a date, or trying to get up the nerve to approach an attractive member of the opposite sex at a party (although in the case of networking, you usually don’t have any liquid courage to make it easier). Networking also yields better results than attending a massive job fair, the singles bar of the working world. But leave no job lead unturned. Even if the lead doesn’t turn out to be your dream job, the contacts you make from it could lead you to another job that is perfect for you.

Promote yourself

Once you’ve searched and found job openings that are right for you, it’s now time for the seduction scene. You must spend some time fixing up your resume and cover letter to make them more attractive to recruiters and potential employers. Resumes and cover letters of the job search are the occupational equivalent to flirting in the dating world. The purpose of a resume is not to get a job, but to land a first-round interview, just like the purpose of flirting is not to get a commitment to exclusivity, but to land a first date. Your resume should target the position for which you are applying. For instance, your objective should state the title of the job you’re applying for and the name of the company with which you’re applying. Also, instead of listing every job you’ve had, list only those jobs that are relevant to the job opening or that allowed you to develop the transferable skills necessary to be successful in the available position.

The first meeting

If the “flirting” works and a recruiter is interested, the seduction game continues with the first interview (i.e. the first date). If you’re being fixed up with someone, usually before the date you try to get the low-down from the matchmaker on what the other person is really like. It’s necessary to know a little background information about the potential match before meeting them so you can determine if this person has any of the qualities that you’re looking for in a mate. You want to do the same before meeting a recruiter or potential employer for the first time. In fact, your research should be even more thorough when it comes to preparing for your screening interview. The research you do on the company before the interview not only will impress the interviewer, but will also help you determine if it is a close match to your interests and values, (and, unlike in dating, won’t be seen as stalking). Once you get past the whole “What am I going to wear?!” dilemma (another article for another time soon), it’s time to see if the chemistry is there! Both a first date and a first-round interview is the time to determine if your personalities and interaction styles click with each other. Questions help in determining if there is a connection. Keep in mind that the interview is a two-way street. You must have thoughtful questions prepared for the interviewer to help you determine if this is a job you want to pursue further. Not having questions about the job or the company would indicate to the interviewer that you’re not interested in the position after all. Besides, you wouldn’t go on a date and not ask the other person any questions about themselves would you?

We all know that men and women communicate differently when interacting with each other. They also perform differently from each other in job interviews. Men are more confident (and sometimes overly confident) when talking about themselves in the interview. Maybe that’s because they get a lot of practice from dating because men often treat a first date like a job interview. They tend to talk about themselves because, since women ask their dates many questions, men think women want to hear all about them and hope they will impress the women in the process. Many times, women are asking questions because they want to be asked the same questions by their dates. Women feel it is impolite to just initiate a conversation about themselves. Some women are not as confident as men are in an interview because they don’t feel comfortable discussing their strengths because they’ve been taught that it’s improper to brag about themselves. During the job interview, women should highlight their skills and accomplishments by giving specific examples and relaying that into how they can make a contribution to the company. Men should do the same while also asking more questions about what would be expected of them in the job.

The follow-up meeting

Hopefully, if the chemistry is there, your screening interview will lead to a second-round interview. It’s important to follow-up the first interview with a thank you letter, which is the same as the “I had a great time last night” phone call after an amazing date. Make sure you send a typewritten thank you letter within 24 to 48 hours indicating what you learned during the interview and your continued interest in the job. Once you’ve done that, move on with your job search. Continue interviewing with other companies because it may take weeks to get a call back from the company (just like it may take a while to get a call back from last night’s amazing date).

Being “exclusive”

After going through several rounds of increasingly intensive interviews, you finally get a job offer, the equivalent to the question of “Want to be exclusive?” There are factors of a new job that need consideration over a few days to a couple of weeks before giving an answer. You need to ask yourself if you will love at least 60% of the day-to-day tasks, because just like potential mates, no job is 100% perfect. Keep in mind that high-paying, high-profile jobs that lack challenge and opportunities for advancement and professional growth are the same as tall, dark and handsome or beautiful, blonde and buxom. Although sexy, they won’t necessarily make you happy in the long run.

Leave it to the professional

Just like how you buy new dapper clothes and wear make up to attract your potential mate, you should also polish your resume and cover letter to attract your potential employer. The problem is, most people think that writing resume 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 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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Time for a resume makeover!

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Getting a job isn’t the easiest thing in the world. However, having a badly written or ill-formatted resume won’t help your cause, either.

In the eyes of the beholder

It may seem shallow to imagine that our qualifications, work experience, etc. take a backseat over the ‘look’ of the resume, but it’s true. The first thing that a recruiter notices about our resume is how appealing it is in terms of display. Recruiters seldom have the time to go through all the details provided in the resume, so at the very beginning if they say bad formatting, text-heaviness and other such wearing issues, your resume will not get the attention it deserves.

Enter style resumes

Thus, style resumes come to the rescue! Styles resumes creates graphic resumes are basically visually appealing, graphic-heavy resumes. They concentrate more on how the resume looks, rather than the wording of the content itself. This, of course, is not to say that the content isn’t important; it is! However, the way in which it is presented is also extremely important.

Graphic resume use diagrams to effectively show your achievements. Pie charts, graphs and line diagrams do in a jiffy what words would take much longer to convey. For a time-pressed hiring manager, this is ideal.

Likewise, infographics make dull, boring text stand out and make it look appealing. As mentioned before, text is extremely important to a resume. After all, it is the text from your resume itself that is converted into infographics for your graphic resume. Thus, do not make the mistake of taking the wording of your resume lightly!

Designs on you

Such graphics and pictorial depictions go hand in hand with design. You could have some of the most interesting and innovative infographics, charts, etc., but if they are not designed well, all the effort will be lost; an badly designed style resume is of no use. Thus, besides thinking about creativity, aesthetic values must also be kept in mind while designing graphic resumes.

Advantage – you

It is no secret that the job market these days is extremely tough. It is becoming increasingly difficult to secure jobs owing to the growing number of competitors. Moreover, most people applying for a particular job are equally qualified with near-similar amount of experience and expertise. In such situations, it is often a matter of luck whom the job ends up going to.

But you can make a difference. If you do not want to let your future lie in the hands of fate and want to take an active step towards securing a job, get yourself a style resume! A hiring manager who is having difficulty deciding whom to offer the job to, will be impressed by the effort and creativity you put into your graphic resume, and will be encouraged to give you the job!

Style resumes are all about understanding the elements involved and being creative. However, if you feel that you’re better off doing your job rather than creating a style resume for yourself, worry not, because Style Resumes can do that for you! Leave your resume woes in our capable hands, and we’ll give you a product that no hiring manager is likely to be able to reject.

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The Importance of Updating Your Resume

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Jot it down while it’s still fresh

Having an up-to-date, ready to send resume is a time critical factor in maximizing your potential in the job market. Unconsciously, most people omit lots of key achievements from a current or previous role when eventually updating their resume if they don’t do it on a regular basis.

In our daily working lives, we could be contributing to a key company project, increasing profitability and productivity in our departments, training other staff effectively and so on. These are just a few key things that could be included on your resume as you update it. If you are not keeping an active eye on your resume regularly, it’s easy to forget to add important achievements.

Trying to delve deep into your memory bank to remember why you were so great and effective in your job before the company cut staff or closed down, is not an easy task. Losing a job creates massive impacts on our ability to really market ourselves well. Shock sets in, we lose confidence, we are distracted with the worry at not having a regular income, we panic…the list is endless. However, losing a job doesn’t have to be the end of the line; it’s an opportunity to reinvent yourself and make the most of your core skill-set and apply those to creating a winning resume.

Tips for keeping your resume up to date

Now that you know how important it is to update your resume regularly, how can you do it? At the end of each week, think about what you have achieved, and if there is anything that would really stand out on your resume. For example:

  • Did your line manager or maybe the MD of your company acknowledge something you did well?
  • How did you perform in a team task, did you manage to motivate and support your colleagues in getting the results you were all aiming for?
  • Did you implement a new system that increased productivity in your division or for the company?
  • Did you win a new hard to reach client by applying a new sales technique?
  • Did you finish a project in record time and brought it in under budget?

Anything positive should be listed in your key achievements within your resume. What may have seemed a small thing at the time or part of your usual week, may actually be the difference of a potential new employer offering you an interview and subsequently a job. Don’t take for granted your daily duties. You are contributing everyday to make your company and department a success.

Outside work, interests are a key attributing factor at making you stand out from the pile of resumes on a recruiter’s desk. Perhaps you recently started some voluntary work for a local charity, maybe you are involved in some sort of team sports – this is a great indication to a recruiter that not only are you a team player, but also that you think beyond the norm.

Whatever it is that you do, remember it is valuable in its own way and may just be the difference between you and the next candidate from getting the job you want!

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 and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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Are You Working on Your Calling?

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Do you remember your parents asking you what you want to be when you grow up? What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you now working on it?

Your calling is that passion that you have deep inside – the career that defines your purpose in life. It was said that if you find a job that you love you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Some of us work in careers for so long that we are numb on the inside and outside. We go from appointment to appointment and our days are so mundane. We hardly get any enjoyment out of what we do because it is just another 9 to 5. Have you recently said, ‘I could do this job with my eyes closed’?

People who choose a career, instead of their calling, wake up disappointed that they have to go to work. They hate facing another day. If you find your calling and pursue it, life will become an adventure and not just another 9 to 5.

Ponder over these statements:

  • Your passion directs you to your calling.
  • A calling is who you are.
  • A career is what you do.
  • A calling is 24-7-365.
  • A career is a 9 to 5.
  • A calling is what you would do for free.
  • A career is what they have to pay you to do.
  • A calling cannot be measured with money or fame.

Take a few moments to ponder over what is going on in your life today and figure out if it compensates towards your calling. Listen to your mind, body and soul. Don’t worry about what others will think or even if they will agree to whatever calling you move towards. Live your life as if tomorrow is your last day on Earth. Enjoy today because tomorrow isn’t definite.

Work for your calling

Now you say “I am not working for my calling, but now it’s too late for a career change.” Let us tell you something: you can do a career change. It’s never too late. Then how?

If you have made up your mind for a career change and pursue your calling in life, the first step you have to do now is to update your resume and begin the exhausting job search all over again. You might have impressive track record but don’t know how to put it on paper. Or, you may want a major career change and you have no idea how to edit your resume accordingly.

Worry not! Simply hire a professional resume writer that is capable to revamp your resume and adjust it to your new career objective. When it comes to resumes, Style Resumes is the expert. You can choose to invest in a conventional professional resume, the eye catching graphic resume, the technologically advanced mobile resume, or other types of resume.

Get ready for better opportunities now!

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