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Your cover letter is one of the most important elements of your application — perhaps as important as your resume. This is where you outline your passion for the position and make the case for why you are the best candidate for the job. Unfortunately, too many job seekers undervalue and underthink their cover letter. […]
One of the constant challenges of job hunting is persuading an interviewer that you are the right person for the position. This task can be even more difficult when you’re trying to transition into a new career. How do you make the most of the transferrable experience you have to instill confidence in a prospective […]
It’s a challenge many job seekers face. You want to move to a new city, but you need a guaranteed paycheck before you make the big jump. So you look for opportunities on local job boards and send out applications. But here’s the problem. Employers have a distinct bias against long-distance job candidates.
Can your resume engage a human resource manager and make them want to read more? Or, does it just blend in with all other task-oriented resumes they receive? This week’s guest expert Andrea Gerson has seen thousands of resumes and shares her best practices to help you get the attention of your intended employer. She says, […]
A version of this blog was previously posted on JobJenny.com. To Whom It May Concern: I am applying for your open job with this generic, form-looking cover letter. It is in 12-point Times Roman, with perfect one-inch margins around all sides. I should probably warn you in advance that this letter will paralyze you with […]
Mike Russell, owner of Pivotal Writing, shares how to hook your readers attention with that first sentence of your professional bio. We all know Portland loves quirky, colorful personalities, from “Keep Portland Weird” to “Keep Portland Beered” to “Keep Portland Bearded”. Hiring managers are no different. Whether it’s your bio statement on your website or […]
Google the words “cover letter” and you will find lots of opinions on the best tactics: which format to use, the right salutations, and to whom you should address your letter. Our guest expert this week, Susan Rich, author of How to Write a Kick-Butt Resume Cover Letter, says people are missing the most important […]
To get the job you want, you need to craft a stand-out application. This can take significant time and effort. Following the guidelines below will undoubtedly slow the pace at which you can apply for open positions, but what you lose in quantity, will be more than made up for with quality. Here are the […]
Most employers are looking to hire based on more than just their background—they want a good culture fit. So it is essential to put your personal brand on display to engage them. A personal mission statement on your resume can serve as an effective way to communicate your personal brand to a potential employer at […]
Every other Friday, in addition to the latest Oregon employment news, we share the best and most important articles to help you in your job search. We hope these stories inspire you, improve your job search, and help you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates. Enjoy! Avoid these common cover letter catastrophes.
One of the biggest mistakes a job hunter can make is to undervalue the importance of writing a great cover letter. Cover letters aren’t meaningless etiquette–mere gift wrapping on your resume or the cover on a TPS report; rather, they are a crucial tool for showcasing your skills, competency, writing ability, and dedication to the prospective job. […]
Every other Friday, in addition to the latest Oregon employment news, we share the best and most important articles to help job seekers like you in your job search. We hope these stories inspire you, improve your job search, and help you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates. Enjoy! Are you ready for curveball […]
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You can blame me, the full moon, or the economy as reasons for not getting job interviews, but the truth is that you probably made one of the following errors. Yes, some things are out of your control, but these are things YOU CAN control in your job hunt. Make sure you don’t make these […]
This week I came across the cover letter that I sent Mac Prichard in 2012 when I applied for my job at Prichard Communications as manager of “Mac’s List.” Here it is verbatim:
With limited experience and a strong desire to be hired, it is important for entry-level job seekers to find ways to stand out. After browsing through the many applications Prichard Communications received for a recent job opening, I found a common eye-catching thread that set certain applicants apart from the rest: a clear personal brand. […]
Oh, the cover letter. Often cursed, often agonized over. Many people sigh, “What’s the point? No one reads them anyway.” I am here to not only defend this job search staple, but to invite you to embrace it as well. Here’s why: 1. People in charge of hiring do read cover letters. I hear from countless recruiters and […]
As many of you know, we are hiring a junior account executive here at Prichard Communications (publisher of “Mac’s List”). My colleague Jennie Day-Burget and I are the hiring managers for this position so I am watching each application that comes in. The first thing I’ve noticed is that the cover letters range from great […]
Sometimes landing a new job is a matter of luck. You don’t know who might tell you about an unadvertised opening or how you will hit it off with a potential employer in an interview. What you can control is how you apply for a job. My colleagues and I at Prichard Communications have hired […]
Readers always tell me that “Mac’s List” gives them hope about finding work in Portland. But with so many people competing, I know it isn’t easy to land a job here. This week I’ve had at least 10 conversations with people looking for work in Portland and I hear you – you’re frustrated and exhausted. […]
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