Jul 5
Ghosting: Where's my interview?
Rick M
You've spent a tremendous amount of time refining your resume and cover letter to match your new prospective employer.  You submit your application for your dream job, and then...  silence.Of all the complaints from job seekers, silence from employers is the most common.  You could have applied and received no response.  You could have interviewed and received no response.  You could have had three interviews, a background check, and you're still sitting in silence. ...



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Nov 10
What your resume says about your communication style
Rick M
Have you ever read an e-mail from a colleague and wondered why they communicated the way they did?  Or wondered why they chose to use a particular word that served to divert attention from the real purpose of their e-mail?  It happens with resumes, too.Employment applicants never intend to give off negative impressions to future employers.  But why then, does it happen?  Rick from CoverLetterPros.com explains:"It can happen for a number of reasons.  The most frequent...



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Jun 4
New Graduate: No Interviews?
Rick M
You've recently graduated with a degree or diploma in your field of choice.  You've spent countless hours sending your resume to job postings on Indeed.com or through your school's career portal.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  That's how many responses you've received for all of your hard work."Sadly," says Rick M. from CoverLetterPros.com, "many students and graduates struggle to find work for a variety of reasons.  Some industries are just not hiring, and other companies put...



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Jan 12
Does your resume stand out for the right reasons?
Rick M
Job seekers today have a plethora of resume templates, designs, and guides to choose from.  Too often, they get mesmerized with the style or template of their resume and forget that content and readability are often the more critical components.  Michelle Kruse at CareerCast.com published an article asking a simple question:  “Are creative resumes a good idea?”We believe that unless you’re working in a design-related industry that expects your resume to be a piece of your...



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Dec 2
Why you need a LinkedIn profile to bolster your career
Rick M
With 450,000,000 members (and a reported goal of 3 billion members), LinkedIn is easily the world’s largest and most popular professional career-based network on the Internet. So why don’t you have a LinkedIn profile?Here are five reasons you and your career (whatever it may be!) need LinkedIn:#1: Employers are looking for you thereThe Internet is the defining technology of this generation (and likely of all time) so if you’re not using it to enhance your job searching skills and bolster...



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Nov 27
Before you interview for your dream job, do targeted research
Rick M
My friend Mark isn’t a big fan of what I call targeted interview research. He’s of the opinion that based solely on his innate social ability he’ll win over his interviewers and ultimately, get the job. Unfortunately for Mark, interviewers are experts at seeing right through that sort of façade. A thoughtfully-crafted resume gets a foot in the door, but it is a candidate’s level of preparedness during the interview that closes it behind them. Today’s applicant has access to incalculably...



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Nov 24
“Should I use a CV or a resume?”
Rick M
That’s a question a friend posed to me before heading off to work as an elementary school teacher in the UK.  This is a bit of a tricky question, as the answer depends on a variety of factors:  Where in the world you’re applying to work            The type of position            The industry or fieldBefore finding an answer to my friend’s question, what are the differences between a resume and a CV?Resume: short...



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Nov 22
Your cover letter is as important as your resume - and here’s why
Rick M
A colleague and I once debated the importance of a cover letter.“All the important stuff is in my resume,” he said. “Why do I need to repeat it all in a cover letter?”Think of it this way: If a resume opens doors, your cover letter is what you flash when the peephole slides open. It’s a way of convincing potential employers that you belong on the other side of that door.“A cover letter is not only important, but mandatory in most professional job openings,” says Justin Hiscock,...



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Nov 20
ATS Explained: The ins and outs of the Applicant Tracking System software
Rick M
“You see, ATS,” my friend explained to me one day, “is a robot that reads applications and rejects bad ones automatically!”“Uh huh,” I replied.“It can scan your education history and cross-check it with today’s academic standards to see if you stack up to the job! If you attach a photo of yourself, the robot can scan your retinas and check for mental illness!”There is a lot of misinformation regarding ATS out there. It’s often so poorly understood by applicants that their...



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Nov 20
ATS & the Hiring Manger: the two filters between you and your next job
Rick M
There are two hurdles you need to clear in the hunt for a job: the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and the Hiring Manager, the latter being the decision maker on who gets hired and who gets rejected.Two important filters, two radically different methods of filtering—the ATS filtering automatically by keyword choice, the hiring manager filtering based on everything else (experience, skills, the interview and more). Both are very important filters that applicants need to consider when crafting...



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