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Three Do’s For Crafting A Great Cover Letter

Perhaps the most daunting task in the job search process, besides the actual interview, is making your skills come together on paper and translate to your future employer what an awesome asset you could be for their team. Making sure that you are able to share your skills with an employer will be a big bonus for you in the hiring process, as a polished cover letter will ultimately make you a more appealing candidate. The cover letter is more often than not the first point of contact that your future employer may have with you. It is important to demonstrate your interest in the specific position, and draw an employer into looking further into you as a candidate. Below are three major do’s that you should take into consideration when thinking about crafting a polished cover letter.

Do Tie in Specific Skills That You Possess from the Open Job Description

While you may not possess every skill that was listed in the job description, chances are you do have several different skills that fit the job description. Focus on explaining how the skills you do possess would allow you to be a great asset to the employer’s current team. One thing to keep aware of is making sure you don’t draw attention to the skills you don’t feel that you possess. You should think of your cover letter as a first impression, it is important that you hone in on what you can do and not what you don’t know how to do yet.

Do Highlight What You Can Do for the Company

Of course any job is a great opportunity for resume building, but in your cover letter you should focus your efforts on honing in on what an awesome asset you could be for this new team. While it is important to express your interest in gaining the experience, but make sure you are crafting your words around what you can do for them.

Do Keep it Short and to the Point

While a blank page is sometimes intimidating, it can be difficult to not fill up a page with fluff. The truth is that a hiring manager will most likely read no more than one page cover letter. The typical rule of thumb is to try and keep your cover letter brief and under one page long. Choose your words carefully and purposefully.

Writing your cover is your first impression, incorporating these tips can make for a really powerful cover letter that is sure to make you stand out amongst the crowd and do you justice as a potential employee.

Managing Your Personal Brand During the Job Search

What comes to mind when you think of the word “brand”? Perhaps you think of designer denim or your favorite soda, but would you think of yourself as having a brand? You should.

Personal brand is absolutely a real thing and you don’t need to do a thing to create it because, whether you realize it or not, you already have one. So what makes a personal brand? For starters, do an Internet search for your full name + your city, and see what comes up in the results. Your social media profiles probably display at the top of the first page, among other things including news articles about you, blog posts you’ve written, company profiles, etc. Also referred to as a ‘digital footprint’, how you portray yourself (and are portrayed by others) online represents your brand – despite its accuracy or intention. Unfortunately, to a potential employer, it’s also a first impression of you.

Did someone tag you in a politically incorrect meme on Facebook? Did you write a controversial blog post back in your college days? Even though these things may not necessarily be true to who you are, they all represent you in the eyes of an unknowing employer. That’s why when starting the job search, its important to do an audit of your personal brand to see what’s out there and how you can impact it positively. To help you get started, here are a few tips for managing your personal brand during the job search.

Network, network, network

They say that once something is published on the Internet, it’s there forever. While you may not be able to erase some things, you can take control of your brand and lead it in a new direction. This is where your personal brand extends from the Internet into the real world, giving you the chance to take the reins. If you are trying to establish a reputation within an industry, start networking with others in your line of work. Find associations, groups or industry events and get out there. This will get people talking about you and help you make a name for yourself in a positive, professional manner.

Become an expert.

Another way to establish your personal brand is to become a pseudo expert in your field. Start a blog or submit articles to niche news outlets, engage in industry forums or join online groups where you can share your knowledge and be recognized for it. Having your name associated with this relevant content is a great way to establish yourself in an industry and also looks great in your portfolio when applying for positions.

Secure virtual real estate.

Many candidates are taking control of their employer brand by securing a domain for themselves, typically their name (i.e. http://www.johnsmith.com/), but may include your city or profession to be more specific. This website is not only likely to appear at the top of search results when someone does a search for your name, but is also a medium that you have total control over. So what do you do with this website? Consider it a living biography and portfolio of your work. Include a bio and headshot, your resume, links to professional social networks and most importantly, showcase your work. Include links or upload files that show your best work and represent you professionally. And be sure to include the link to your website at the top of your resume!

Just remember – your personal brand is already out there, whether or not you put forth the effort to cultivate it. So why not make the best of it? Regardless of your methods, it’s important to ensure that it is a true representation of your personality and professionalism and ultimately gives employers the right impression. Now put your marketing cap on and get to work promoting your brand!

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You WILL Get Googled…Are You Afraid?

Watch Joshua’s exclusive video “3 Secrets to Getting Job Interviews by Next Week” to learn the 3 secrets no one wants you to know about getting hired in today’s job market. Joshua is the founder of Career Enlightenment which offers professional LinkedIn profile writing and job search services to colleges, WorkForce offices and re-entering veterans. 

I tell my clients that they will be Googled as surely as it will rain in Portland. The latest survey said that 81% of employers WILL Google candidates.

Online reputation management is a critical piece of your online job search. There is just no getting around it.

Quick story, when I Googled my name 1 year ago, I was a convicted felon and a prolific New York Gynecologist, neither profession was something I wanted to be connected to. So I embarked on a campaign to bring the real “me” to Google’s first page. Now, my LinkedIn Profile comes up on Google’s first page.

Job Seekers, follow these easy steps below to finally get a handle on your internet reputation!

Assess the Current State of your Online Reputation

  1. Google your name and notice how many times the real you comes up on 1st page, and on the 1st 3 pages.
  2. Use Pipl.com to search your name…does the real you come up?
  3. Depending on these results, you may have a lot of work ahead of you to begin to rebuild your name. Use this data to figure out how much time you need to be spending on this project.

Bury the Dead, Plant a Tree

  1. Traditional SEO (search engine optimization) suggests that the more times your name shows up on highly reputable websites, the higher it will rank on the results page.
  2. So in order to knock down the stuff you don’t want, you have to build the stuff you do want.
  3. Collect a list of professional portfolio items that you can share…and post them on the appropriate sites. For example, if you have developed Power Point presentations, then load them onto SlideShare.com with your name all over it. If you wrote articles, then publish them on ezineArticles. If there are videos of you, put them on YouTube.
  4. Now, link as many of these shared portfolio items together. Link your Slideshare to your LinkedIn, Link your YouTube Video to your VisualCV and so on.
  5. Establish as many online portfolios as you can. In addition to LinkedIn, and VisualCV, you can set up Xing.com, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Plaxo and hundreds more.

Don’t expect results right away, sometimes this can take several months depending on how many other search results you are trying to displace. Be patient and stay consistent in your efforts.

If you have a unique situation or any more tips to add to this, please comment below. Get more job seeker advice from other Help Wanted posts and find your next job at My.jobs.

Using CareerOneStop Centers to Craft a Stellar Resume

One of the most crucial pieces to your job search is your resume. Without a proper resume that highlights your most valuable strengths, you may be overlooked as a candidate for a position. Join Bonnie Elsey, Director of Workforce Development for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, as she discusses how your nearby CareerOneStop Centers can help you compose your resume to show employers your most professional side.

Key takeaways:

  • CareerOneStop Centers offer job seeking training in areas such as using social media, writing a resume and interviewing.
  • Most prospective employers will only spend 10 seconds looking at your resume, so it needs to be solid.
  • Find a CareerOneStop near you by visiting careeronestop.org.

To see more interview tips, visit our Job Seeker Advice Pinterest board. Ready to start you job search? Visit US.jobs!

Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What’s the Difference?

The following post was provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences.

Internships, Co-ops, Practicums, and Externships: What’s the Difference?

Student work and observation experiences go by a number of different names, including internships, co-ops, practicums, and externships. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what an experience should be called—definitions can vary among schools and employers. Following are some general definitions.

Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences related to a students major or career goal. The internship plan generally involves a student working in a professional setting under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and the student may or may not receive academic credit for performing the internship.

Cooperative education
Cooperative education provides students with multiple periods of work in which the work is related to the student’s major or career goal. The typical program plan is for a student to alternate terms of full-time classroom study with terms of full-time, discipline-related employment. Since program participation involves multiple work terms, the typical participant will work three or four work terms, thus gaining a year or more of career-related work experience before graduation.

Virtually all co-op positions are paid and the vast majority involves some form of academic credit.

A practicum is generally a one-time work or service experience done by a student as part of an academic class. Some practicums offer pay, but many don’t. Almost all are done for academic credit.

Externships/job shadowing
An externship or job shadowing experience allows a student to spend between a day and several weeks observing a professional on the job. Such experiences are unpaid, however some colleges and universities pick up travel and/or living expenses. Externships and job shadowing experiences are generally not done for academic credit.

For additional information, visit our Career Resources page or Job Seeker Advice board on Pinterest.

3 Helpful Tips for Job Hunting in the Digital Age

How are you using the Internet for your job search efforts? It’s likely that you’ve dabbled with social media and conducted research by using a search engine like Google or Bing, but with so much there, it can be overwhelming. To help simplify things, we’ll share a few tips that will help you enhance your resume, monitor your online presence and keep tabs on the relevant company, industry and market information.

#1 Help Yourself – Clean Up Your Resume, Find Career Fairs and Search for Jobs from One Place
US.jobs (http://us.jobs), powered by the National Labor Exchange, has many useful features. In the Career Resources section, you can access tools to:

In addition, site visitors can search a database of over 1 million unduplicated, legitimate job opportunities.

#2 Audit Yourself – Proactively Use Search Engines to Gauge Your Online Presence
There have been many articles written about employers using online research and background checks to research prospective candidates. A Mashable.com article with findings from a study by a company called Reppler indicated 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate based on content found on his or her social networking profiles. (Thankfully 68% of recruiters have also hired a candidate based on his or her presence on those networks.)By searching for your name on search engines, you can help ensure your online presence won’t harm you in the application process. For example, there may be photos tagged by friends that you didn’t realize were public. You may also see news articles or other public profiles floating around that could help, or harm, your reputation. It’s also a good time to update any stale content or delete outdated profiles.

#3 Alert Yourself – Set Up Email and RSS Alerts to Keep Tabs on Your Industry, Your Dream Employer and More
There are definitely perks to having access to endless amounts of data on the Internet, but it can become overwhelming to sift through all of that information efficiently. Google Alerts is a free tool that can make the process a little easier. As explained on their site, “Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.” The search engine checks the web regularly to find new results. If updated results are found, Google Alerts will send them to you via email. Alerts can be provided as-it-happens, daily or weekly. You may also set up alerts as RSS feeds and use Google Reader to avoid overloading your inbox.You’ll need to set up a Google account if you don’t have one already, then visit http://www.google.com/alerts and follow the prompts. If you need some extra help, there is a very thorough support section. As a job seeker, you can use Google alerts to:

  • Follow breaking news about a company you want to work for
  • Monitor trends in your industry
  • Find out about what’s being said by others about a company
  • Keep up on your online presence
  • Seek out news about companies hiring locally or expanding
These are a just a few simple tips that can be beneficial to job seekers. What other resources would you suggest?

The Top 15 States with the Most Jobs

In the last few months, unemployment rates have gone down slightly; however, it is still difficult to find a job in this economy. The U.S. Department of Labor shows that Nevada, Rhode Island, and California have the highest unemployment rates ranging from 11.6 to 10.7 percent. If you are looking for a job in a specific area, http://jobs.jobs/ can help you find the right job for you! This website lists jobs based on top searches, top companies, top countries, top states and top cities. You can also search what kind of job you are looking for and where you want to land your perfect job. The top 15 states with the most jobs include:

This website helps you find the perfect job for you in the area that you want. http://jobs.jobs/ is an amazing resource when job hunting.

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Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude during an Interview

Interview with Candee Chambers, Cardinal Health

During interviews it’s easy to often time dwell on past hardships. However, Candee Chambers with Cardinal Health offers advice on how staying positive during your interview can go a long with a recruiter. Learn how focusing on strengths can help you make the most of your employer interviews.

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

Advice for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Interview with James Emmett, CLIICC Center

Are you a person with a disability looking for employment? Disability consultant James Emmett with CLIICC Center addresses how he overcame his disability and found a job he was passionate about. Discover how by matching your skill set with an interest you find enjoyable can make a world of difference during your job search.

The Help Wanted blog is brought to you by DirectEmployers, a non-profit association of global employers, which provides simple, sophisticated solutions for Human Resources and Recruitment.

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