Job Hunting Advice: Resume Writing

Job Hunting Advice: Resume Writing

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By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: How do you write a cover letter that gets an employer’s attention? Ask 10 different career experts about cover letters and they will give you 10 different answers. I’m so confused I have no idea what works and what doesn’t. After doing some research, I’ve discovered four major cover letter tips . Can you tell me whether these four cover letter tips are true or false? Every cover letter should have three main thoughts. One good cover letter will work for every employer. A cover letter should convey your personality, style, and taste. Employers don't expect perfection. A typo in your cover letter isn't a sufficient reason to reject your resume. A: Writing the perfect cover letter is a very difficult, if not impossible task. But the four cover letter “tips” you mention definitely need to be addressed. Here is my two cents:More
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By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: For the past three years, I've been a senior VP of marketing services for a large bank holding company. My job requires working with several departments, developing new products and services for our commercial customers. I manage projects, offer advice, and coordinate interdepartmental communication. Before getting my current job I was a commercial loan officer, finding deals, cultivating relationships with customers, and seeing the tangible benefits of my work (building renovations, new product developments, etc.).More
By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: I'm trying to create a good resume , but the more research I do on resume writing, the more resume formats and styles I discover. Is there one, ideal resume format that's better than all the others.More
By: Anne Kadet
If you want a little entertainment, you could check out a movie or head to the bookstore. But you might have better luck firing up YouTube to watch the latest crop of video resumes .More
By: Peter Weddle
If you're currently in the market for a new job , you know just how generic and impersonal the average resume can be. No matter how much information you cram into it, a standard resume simply cannot convey the character, dedication or capability you offer to an employer .More
By: Jay Block
The reference portfolio is a resume tool that deviates from traditional ways to find jobs . But the truth is, the reference portfolio could be the most powerful tool you'll have in your career change arsenal . So what, exactly, is a reference portfolio? Grab a few books you have around the house, and turn them over to look on their back covers.More
By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: I will be graduating from college in a couple of months. Although I have excellent grades and lots of extra-curricular activities, I'm having a really hard time finding a job . From what I've experienced, it seems like companies aren't doing much college recruiting this year. What can I do to improve my chances of getting a good job , so I can start my career off right?More
Cover Letters
By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist
Q: Give me a choice between writing a cover letter and swimming with sharks, and I'll head for the beach! Can you offer an easy-to-follow approach for writing cover letters that captures an employer's attention and increases my chances of landing a job interview ?More