Tuesday, January 9, 2007


Job Search - Rule # 1

The old template style cover letter and resume are virtually
dead. Why? Because everyone and their dog is sending exactly
the same thing. Employers across the board have said to me,
"please let me read about a real person" Don't be afraid of
being real, in your cover letter especially. Your cover letter
makes them want to read your resume and your resume qualifies
you to be interviewed. For most people, the functional resume is
the best route to go. It gets your immediate skill set closest to
the top of the resume page. Go functional .. it works! Fighting
this one and going chronological just might make you appear to
be overqualified and that will work against you.

Respect the reader always, don't force them to chase your skills
relevant to the job at hand. Remember, all we want a cover letter
and resume to do is get us the interview. Don't eliminate
yourself from the running by writing a three page cover letter
and four page resume. Cover letters should be no more than one
page .. PERIOD! Good editing can do this every time. I don't
care how much experience you have, resumes are a two page max
issue. Always, give them enough to be interested and an
interview will follow and there you can elaborate on all the
details. It's all about good editing & that = Job Search Made Easy!

In our next installment, your resume! Things you need to know!

Today, I teach college students and mature students alike on advanced interviewing skills and these days it's more about EQ than IQ!

If you'd like to know more, let me hear from you .. thanks, Mike

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To Your Job Search Success

I will be sharing things about the Job Search Made Easy process here on this blog and also through my private newsletter, which I highly recommend you join immediately. As a college teacher today, I do in fact teach Job Search to Paramedics, PSW's, Business Students and I also consult privately. In addition, I also teach advanced interviewing skills.

One thing I know for sure, in 2007, the job search process has changed a great deal. There are very specific things you need to know about three critical areas .. Your Cover Letter, Your Resume and Your Interviewing Skills. Forget what you think you know, just keep an open mind to the way things are processed by Human Resources in 2007. This information applies to everyone, whether you are 23 or 63 years old.

Again, I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to stay current on the Job Search Process to join my newsletter (top right of this page). For example, I will share the 85% RULE .. it's a must know to speed up the job search process.