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Welcome to Job-Stuff. I hope the information and musing here are helpful in your journey through the "Transition-Zone". Please also check out the "Zero To Network Blog", since Business Networking is a major weapon in your job seeking arsenal.
First and foremost, I have walked in your shoes. I had a senior level position at a Fortune 500 company and felt my career was invincible. In prior years, I merely wrote my resume, called a headhunter and posted my job on Monster. And the hiring executives came a callin!
When I was asked to step into the "transition" zone, I dreamt of double dipping on my severance package. Reality: Over a year later, with my severance a distant memory, I finally found a great job.
During my transition, I started a contract services company and also became an Executive Recruiter (aka HeadHunter). I learned a lot about myself during this chapter. And - oh the mistakes I made - which I will share with you here. I believe it is important to laugh at yourself, your mistakes and share them with others, so that you don't make the same ones (I am sure you will make your own, which is how we learn).
I hope you find Job-Stuff Blog helpful in your career transition.
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BoldCareer, Take Control of your career
Business Opportunities Weblog
Jason's Recruiting Blog
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Dr. Bamster - Career Doctor
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Monday, February 6
The resume blasting seems to have stopped; however all these "C" level cover letters and resumes in my inbox (27) provided me with an opportunity to revisiting this important nuance of your job search. The following are a few quick points to keep in mind when writing a cover letter:
- Address the needs of the recipient - give the reader a sense that you have done your homework. Let the reader know how you received their name (referral) and how you can be of benefit to his company (two paragraphs).
- Keep the cover letter brief; two strong paragraphs and a call to action are more than most readers have time to read.
- Call to action should be specific, which could include a suggested time that you will call to set a brief phone appointment.
- Spell & grammar check! Let another person read your cover letter (and resume); since it is true that writers do not make good editors.
Every cover letter that I received from these "C" level career seekers had problems in one or more of these areas. And many violated all four - and these were from seasoned well experienced executives.
Remember, the cover letter is your first opportunity to call attention to your value proposition. Failing to make a positive first impression, starting with your first sentence, and your resume will never be reviewed.
Posted at Monday, February 06, 2006
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The JobStuff Bookshelf
Job Search Solutions, Tony Beshara
How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
your Well Before You're Thirsty, Harvey Mackay
Power Networking, Donna Fisher
of Networking, Ivan R. Misner
Need to Be a Little Crazy : The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business,
Six Fundamentals of Success, Stuart Levine
Unlimited Futures : How to Understand the Life You Have and Create the Life You Want, Dr. Bobbie Stevens
Selling to VITO, Anthony Parinello
Branding, Nick Wreden (Brand Futurist)
Solution Selling, Create Buyers in Difficult Selling Markets", by Michael Bosworth
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