The five little words, "To Whom It May Concern," have been used to kick off traditional cover letters for decades. We are programmed to begin our formal introduction to companies this way. Having been taught that this was the correct salutation for a business letter of this kind, most of us don't even question it. But, maybe we should. At best, the phrase doesn't do us any favors; it just meets expectations and gets the job done. These days, we can do better.
A few months ago, social media feeds exploded with friends and families dumping buckets of ice on their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. This viral challenge, started by Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012, demonstrated the dedication of millennials -- and the companies they work for -- to social good.
Congratulations! After what seems like an eternity of looking for a new job, you finally have that elusive offer. While the first thing you may be inclined to do is hit "reply" and accept the job, there are a few things you should consider first (if you haven’t already).
If you’re looking for a new job, you’d probably prefer to have one that does more than just pay the bills -- one that utilizes your years of experiences and expertise, and yet challenges you. You know what you want, but the problem is, you’re not finding it. You may be browsing all the career sites all day long, yet not finding the perfect job of your dreams. Unfortunately, the reality is that your dream job may just not exist -- yet.
Cover letters, although stressful and time-consuming to write, help the candidates tremendously when they are trying to distinguish themselves from the other applicants. If you want to draw the attention of hiring managers to your unique qualifications or even explain something that’s just not possible through the resume, a good cover letter is the way to do it.
Sometimes, the reason you left your last job is because it was terrible. Your boss or company really was evil, or your co-workers were impossible, or the situation was otherwise untenable. Whether you were fired or force to quit, you will someday have to explain why you left your job -- probably at the interview for your next one. Here's why you should never bad-mouth your former place of employment, and what to do instead.
There’s no question that if you are looking for a job, you should be leveraging LinkedIn. As the most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn is not just a place for you to look for listings and connect with colleges, but the number one place recruiters go to head-hunt for candidates that they think might be the best fit for a job at their company -- even for jobs that haven’t been listed yet.
There is no guarantee that your body language alone will get you a job -- you have to have the right educational background and skill set, too. However, when you are competing for a position with other candidates who look as good as you on paper, subtle interactions during your interview can make significant differences. Avoid mistakes and look your best for your soon-to-be employers.
You've received a call from a recruiter and the conversation was rather pleasant. You feel the two of you have hit it off and that you now have a potential ally in your job search. But it's now more than a week, and you haven't heard back from the recruiter and there's no reply to emails either. So what's really happening? Why haven’t you heard back from your "ally"?
Starting a new job can be both scary and exciting. It’s a new chapter in your career and likely a step up in your professional game, opening up new opportunities to grow and challenge yourself. Just like the first day at school, the first day at work can be intimidating, as you get to know a new building, meet new people, and try to find the closest bathroom. While your first day will likely be a plethora of HR paperwork and orientation videos, you’ll still want to put your best foot forward and be prepared for anything. Here are a few tips to avoid jitters on the first day of your new job.
Whether you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been in the job market for a while, there are times when you have to get creative to pursue your professional goals. If the tried-and-true methods aren't working, perhaps it's time to try something a bit more daring.
Most employers will ask for references, in order to establish that you're as good as you say you are, and to get a better idea of what you're like to work with. Here's how to choose references that put you in the best light and get you hired.
Most organizations check the references of a candidate applying for a job, before deciding to move ahead or drop his/her candidature. References essentially serve as endorsements of a candidate’s credentials, work style, and professional conduct. The company wants to make sure they are making the right investment on the right candidate.
Looking for a new job when you already have a job, though common, is a risky proposition. It’s not a comfortable place to be in, especially if your current employer gets a whiff of your intentions. So how can you continue looking for a job without emitting any job-search scent?
It’s a bit easier to find available opportunities than it was a few years ago. However, you're still competing against a multitude of other candidates, and even getting an interview can be extremely challenging. How can you be sure to stand out so you can get your foot in the door -- and hopefully land that job of your dreams?