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Find Their Pain! How to "Neuromarket" for a Job

Christophe Morin, a researcher for the "world's first neuromarketing" agency has a job title that could also serve as a professional wrestling pseudonym: Chief Pain Officer. Except that his work at SalesBrain isn't about causing pain, it's about finding it-to sell the cure. In an interview with the New York Times, Morin references "the reptilian brain"--the place where baser emotions rule-and his techniques for appealing to those primal instincts during a sales pitch. Read More >

Tips for a Great LinkedIn Picture

Think it's safer to skip the photo on LinkedIn? According to Business Insider, you may be doing  more harm than good by going photo-free. While it's true that you'll avoid looks-based discrimination (no one will know how young, old, or attractive you are), you're allowing network's imaginations to run wild-and not in a good way. Read More >

How to Become a Cover Letter Writing Machine (Part Two)

Last week, we reviewed how creating a cover letter template can save time and effort when sending out multiple job applications. However, even the best template needs to be customized before you send it out as a cover letter. Employers want to see evidence that you are specifically interested in the position you are applying for, and not just mass mailing every company with a job posting. Here, step by step, is a guide to personalizing your cover letters:   1. Read More >

How to Become a Cover Letter Writing Machine

Writing an excellent cover letter doesn't have to be difficult-but it does take preparation and time. The good news? Once you have developed a stellar cover letter, you can use it as a template for multiple job applications. In this two-part post, I'll take you through the steps of writing a successful cover letter. Read More >

Bullet Points in Your Cover Letter—Do or Don't?

There's a cover letter circulating the internet right now that's quite unique. First, its subject line: I want to work for you! Second, its bullet points. Or rather, numericals. The email opens simply with "To Claire, I want to work for you and here is why:" She then goes on to make a list of 5 credentials/statements of experience and education. Read More >

Avoiding Cage-gate: Cover Letter Mishaps

Remember that really embarrassing typo in that cover letter you wrote one time? Get ready to feel better about it. In a serious case of a picture saying a thousand words about a person, "Vanessa" applied to an administrative assistant position at York University-and accidentally attached a crazy-eyed photo of the National Treasure star she'd saved instead of her resume. Frankly, if I were doing the hiring, Vanessa would have the job. Read More >

Career Change: Identifying Transitional Skills

When it comes to changing jobs, there's a clear hierarchy of difficulty at play: Easiest: Changing to a job in the same function and industry. Harder: Changing job function or industry. Hardest: Changing both your job function and your industry at the same time. And yet, despite that hierarchy, many people do attempt to take on major career changes all the time. Read More >

The Anti-Resume: Is non-traditional the new answer?

Rules exist for a reason. But granted, David Crandall is more likely than most to be successful at breaking them. As a marketing and business design pro, it's essentially his job to reinvent the wheel in an eye-catching, attention grabbing fashion. That's just what he did with a 61-slide "Anti-Resume Manifesto." With sweeping, inspirational statements from Steve Jobs and splashy, all caps red and grey text, Crandall's "manifesto" reads more like an ad campaign pitch than a plea for a job. Read More >

4 Hiring Requirements You Have No Control Over

At Vault, we spend a lot of time telling you which factors of a job search are in your control: cover letters, resumes, networking, first impressions (firm handshakes, everybody!) That may lead you to believe that when you don't get the job, you must have done something wrong. And it's a possibility. But there's also a chance that some silly stuff is going on with employers that has nothing to do with you. The truth is, it's a buyers' market. Read More >

Career Advice from Sheryl Sandberg: The HBS Address

Of all the reasons we're jealous of Harvard Business School students, snagging some incredible commencement speakers is right up there. In case you missed it, here are a few great pieces of career (and life) advice from this year's speaker, Mark Zuckerberg's right hand woman: Sheryl Sandberg. 1. Be authentic The Facebook COO speaks a lot about authenticity in her speech, which makes sense considering her employer. Read More >

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