Cover letters are starting to become a thing of the past, but it's still smart to include one to help stand out. Get tips for writing a compelling cover letter—everything from why you want to avoid using “I” statements to how you can use bits of company press to show you've done your homework.
- Cover letters are starting to become…a thing of the past which I think is great…because they're often skipped over or tossed aside,…but they take candidates a long time to do well.…A lot of applicant tracking systems don't even allow you…to upload one or they make it optional.…It's good to include a cover if you're willing…to put in effort to customize it for the job.…You have to know how to write a cover letter well…for those jobs that look closely at these…as a way to differentiate candidates.…It's really tempting to write a cover letter…full of I statements.…
I did this, I can do that, I am amazing, I, I, I.…So my first piece of advice is to introduce yourself…in a friendly way that shows you read the job description…and know the company, and then talk about the company.…Of course it's fine to have I as your subject here and there…but also talk about the company and the work.…Show you know what the company's up to…and that you know what problems this job will solve.…Talk about how you're the best person on the planet…
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Ready to find your next job? Learn how to prepare yourself for today's job market and land a gig that you'll love. Jolie Miller shows how to create a great job hunting plan that connects you with opportunities that mesh with your interests and goals. Jolie explains how to present yourself to employers in the best light with a well-designed LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter. She explores how to tailor your experience for each job and for any special situations, such as layoffs, reentering the workforce, or switching roles or industries. Plus, she shares quick tips that can help you make a great first—and lasting—impression in your interviews, negotiate an offer you're proud of, and prepare for your first day at your new job.
- Setting job hunting objectives
- Writing a compelling resume and cover letter
- Tailoring your approach
- Finding the right jobs
- Reentering the workforce
- Identifying which of your skills are transferable
- Excelling in a phone or video interview
- Negotiating a job offer