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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! Excelle has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Answers to the “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?” Question

    Answers to the “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?” Question
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” — we all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous interview question in our interview? Here’s why – because most job seekers believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Pitch Yourself for an Internship: Cover Letter Sample for Internships

    Pitch Yourself for an Internship: Cover Letter Sample for Internships
    Writing a letter to get an internship can be intimidating. By using well-chosen words, you can make a good impression. While your letter needs to be customized to individual circumstances, this sample cover letter below can help an aspiring intern's cause. Present yourself in the best light. Monster’s resume and cover letter writing service can help. Pamela Jung 451 Highland Ave. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    10 Overused Phrases Interviewers Hate

    Interviews are hard. You’re nervous. You’re usually in close quarters. You have to answer question after question with little recovery time. And your entire professional future seems to hang in the balance of this one encounter. It’s no wonder so many interviewees resort to clichés when answering interview questions. But panicked responses aren’t going to land you that job. So ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Give Examples During Job Interviews

    Give Examples During Job Interviews
    Whether hiring for internships or full-time positions, most recruiters have heard statements like these from college students over and over again: * "I have strong communication skills." * "I'm self-motivated." * "I'm good at managing my time." * "I have excellent leadership qualities." * "I work well with others." When you make claims like these in your interviews -- perhaps in ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes

    Ten Entry-Level Job Cover Letter Mistakes
    Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they open your materials. Avoid these 10 mistakes, and make your first impression a good and lasting one. Mistake #1: Don't Overuse "I" Your cover letter is not your autobiography. The focus should be on how you meet an employer's needs, not on your life story. Avoid the perception of being ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +28
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    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success

    The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success
    Ah, the dreaded cover letter. You may know what you should do and shouldn’t do, but when it comes to sitting down and actually writing it — where to even begin? Should you even bother? If the job listing specifically says to submit a cover letter, then you must! You don’t want to penalize yourself immediately by not following directions. Unless ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Recent College Graduate

    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Recent College Graduate
    You've spent four years or more building your knowledge and perhaps even earned a high GPA. So why aren't employers clamoring for your services? The problem you and other new graduates face is that hiring managers are more interested in what you can do for them than what you did in school. So use your resume to convince employers that your ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Prep for the "Tell Me About Yourself?" Question

    Prep for the "Tell Me About Yourself?" Question
    It's one of the most frequently asked interview questions: Tell me about yourself. Your response to this request will set the tone for the rest of the interview. For some, this is the most challenging question to answer, as they wonder what the interviewer really wants to know and what information they should include. Eleanor dreaded this question. When it was ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +72
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    The Top 11 Mistakes That Recent Grads Make in the Job Hunt

    11 Mistakes to Avoid For those of you ready to graduate and dreading the job search, I’ve got some good and bad news. The bad news? Job searching is hard. The good news? I think I can help you out. I made a lot of mistakes in my frustrating, grueling search for employment, and I want you to learn from ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Six Entry-Level Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired

    Six Entry-Level Interview Answers You Need to Get Hired
    During the typical job interview, you'll be asked a lot of questions. But do you really understand what the interviewer needs to know? "Most students have no idea why a recruiter asks a particular question," says Brad Karsh, a former recruiting professional for advertising giant Leo Burnett and current president of career consulting firm Job Bound. "They tend to think it's ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Entry-Level Resume Tips for Pharmacy Technicians

    Entry-Level Resume Tips for Pharmacy Technicians
    With US doctors writing about 3.5 billion prescriptions yearly, according to IMS Health, pharmacy personnel, including pharmacy technicians, are in great demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts pharmacy technician job growth of nearly 32 percent between 2006 and 2016. But don't assume that just because jobs are plentiful, you'll be able to land a pharm tech position effortlessly. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +7
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    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter

    How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
    When you are fresh out of college and applying for your first job, you want to write a cover letter that stands out from the hundreds that are on the desks of human resources professionals around the country. You want to show that you are not only qualified for the job, but a cut above the rest. You want your cover ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +21
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    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience

    Entry-Level Resume Dilemma: Not Enough Experience
    It's an entry-level resume catch-22: You want a job to gain experience, but you can't find a job because previous experience is required. [widget:career_specialty_quizzes] Don't be discouraged. You can still put your best foot forward and have a shot at the entry-level job or scoring your first internship. Follow these steps to create a winning entry-level resume: Select the Right Format ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +24
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    How to Get an Employer’s Attention in 20 Seconds

    How to Get an Employer’s Attention in 20 Seconds
    I review a lot of resumes, and they often land in my mailbox with the exact same titles: resume.doc or resume.pdf. Can you say boring? Try these alternatives to stand out as an interesting candidate: 1. Your Name Resume.doc — This minimum level of personalization ensures your resume will remain attached to your application. 2. Your Name Resume December 2010.doc — ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +26
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    Sample Entry-Level Resumes by Industry

    Sample Entry-Level Resumes by Industry
    Want to be the standout job candidate in your field? Then a entry-level resume tailored to your industry -- one that highlights your industry-specific experience, accomplishments and credentials and that includes all the right industry keywords -- is essential. If you need help customizing your resume to your field, check out these sample resumes for various careers and career levels in ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Seven Entry-Level Resume Tips for Finding Entry-Level Jobs

     Seven Entry-Level Resume Tips for Finding Entry-Level Jobs
    When you're a college student or recent grad and trying to write an entry-level resume, especially your first one, you'll face questions you typically won't find addressed in the current blizzard of resume books. That doesn't mean your questions aren't valid; it simply means the resume experts often overlook them, because they generally target mid-career audiences. [widget:what_should_you_be_quizzes_] I've seen many versions ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Overcome Shyness During Your Job Hunt

    Overcome Shyness During Your Job Hunt
    When I teach or present workshops about networking, interviewing, and other aspects of the job search, I can almost always count on at least one person approaching me privately at the end saying, "But I'm shy and these things make me uncomfortable. Isn't there something else I could do to find a job?" Whether you label it social anxiety, introversion, shyness, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Do You Have Any Questions? Entry-Level Interview Advice

    Do You Have Any Questions?  Entry-Level Interview Advice
    Congratulations, your entry-level resume has scored you a job interview. Don't mess this up by coming unprepared with questions. Surprisingly, when an employer asks a potential candidate if they have any questions the most common answer to this question is no. Not only is this the wrong answer, but it's also a missed opportunity to find out information about the company. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How to Write an Interview Thank You Letter

    How to Write an Interview Thank You Letter
    Have you ever felt frustrated after an interview? Sure you have! I know you’ve mentally gone over your interview answers and…you remember what you DID NOT say and you realize you missed an opportunity to REINFORCE your candidacy. Well, this is why you write a strategic Thank You letter, which will position you back in the “game.” Of course, it all ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +5