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Does Your Cover Letter Sound Like You? Follow These 3 Steps To Personalize Your Cover Letter

When you're writing your cover letter, you might find yourself writing very vague sentences that sound a little something like, “I'm the best candidate because I am very dedicated.”

This might be true. But even Superman knows what he's good at and what he has yet to master. He can fly... but maybe he really stinks at baking muffins or directing traffic (because he's always trying to stop cars by stepping out into the middle of the street).

You have strengths, weaknesses and motivations too. And your cover letter is a place to start talking about them. When you're not specific about who you are, you miss a chance to deal with what makes you you—what sets you apart from a job candidate with the exact same qualifications as you.

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What Is My Cover Letter's Fate? Ask These 3 Questions Before You Attach Your Cover Letter.

Do you think your cover letter is a desperate shriek into the dark? “BUY ME!”, it cries—and then is deleted by an anonymous hiring manager.

Often times, this is exactly what happens, except for the scream. It's true that most cover letters aren't very compelling. Writing a formulaic letter—or not sending one at all—can detract from the quality of your resume or may leave your reader with unanswered questions.

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If You're Looking For A Healthy Work Culture, Here Are 5 Ways To Evaluate Online Reviews Of A Company

If you decide to use online sources to inform your search for a healthy work culture, get oriented using five measurements of a review.

Reading online reviews from customers and employees can make you feel like you've done your research about a workplace culture. But the people who left those reviews might leave you feeling nervous because whether you're meeting a stranger in person or online, that strangeness brings a little uncertainty.

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Ask These 5 Questions During An Interview To Learn More About The Health Of A Company's Work Culture

Interviewers shouldn't be the only ones asking questions. Here are five questions that you, the interviewee, should be asking to learn more about company culture.

Interviews are staged in no man's land. You and your interviewer are virtual strangers, except for your brief phone conversations and what you've read. You negotiate over the information shared. And at the end of it all, you may never see this person again.

In this context, your strategic interview questions matter. Perhaps more than anything else, your questions get you an informed feel for the wellness of a company's culture.

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Looking For A Healthy Company Culture? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions During The Hiring Process.

Look for a job at a company that has a healthy corporate culture. Discover the tell-tale signs.

When you're job searching, you scrutinize prospective employers from the outside in. But flying solo doesn't mean you can't tap into the perspectives that company employees bring to the table. The folks inside the company you're investigating know about their work culture. And once a company contacts you for an interview, you are now in a position to use the hiring process to teach yourself about the health of a company's culture.

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A 3-Step Guide to Investigating a Company’s Culture

Always educate yourself about the organizational health of a company before accepting a job offer. 

Wish you could fly? When you investigate a company culture before accepting a job offer, you're sketching a picture of the company using a bird's eye perspective. You probably don't have an insider's insights into the company's quirks, strengths and skeletons when you're searching for a work zone that's free of constant discord, poor management or harassment.

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6 Benefits of Assessing a Company's Culture Before Accepting a Job Offer

When looking for a new job, investigate the company’s organizational culture. Steer clear of businesses that are known for having an unhealthy corporate culture. 

Whether you're job searching because you're angry with coworkers or management—or you feel great about the people you work with—take the time to learn about a company’s culture before you accept a job offer. If you've spent time in a workplace that leaves you frazzled, drained, or frustrated, you know why you want something better. But either way, there are steps you can take to better inform your final decision.

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3 Ways To Improve Your Resume Format to Grab Employers' Attention

Are you applying for positions but not getting a response? Your job resume may be to blame.

Employers, recruiters and hiring managers look at a lot of job resumes, and many will decide within 5 to 8 seconds whether to put your resume in the keep file or the reject file. They know what they are looking for—but will they find it? Clarity in your resume's layout and organization helps you get your point across. Writing a professional resume is essential, but so is creating one that people want to read.

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Why You Should Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Listing recent and relevant volunteer experiences can enhance your resume. 

Does my volunteer work have a place on my resume? This is a common question that comes up when I talk with candidates. Here are some guiding questions to help you decide.

Was the volunteer work ongoing? And/or did it require a significant time commitment?

There is a big difference between being an integral part of the planning committee for a fundraiser and helping on just the day of the fundraiser. If you invested a lot of time in your volunteer work, it may be worth adding to your resume.

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Attention Job Seekers: Follow Up Matters!

95% of candidates DO NOT bother to make a follow-up call—but the ones that do, always stand out. 

You spot a job that appears to be a great match for your skill set and ambitions AND it happens to be with a company you would really like to work for.

Excitedly you make sure your resume and cover letter are tailored to the position (yes, you really should be doing this). You upload your materials, say a little prayer and click “Apply.”

Now you wait. And you wait and you wait and you wait some more. And nothing happens. Disappointed, you continue your search elsewhere.

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