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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 >

Dear Diary: Journal Your Way to a Job

If you've ever kept a food log, you were likely shocked by how much you actually eat all day. And how little of it was as healthy as you remembered it being. Our careers, like our diets, are susceptible to selective memory. We tell the story of who we are at work, usually in job titles and descriptions we've heard others use. But what if we told our own story to ourselves? What would we find? Read More >

Call Me, Maybe? 4 Rules for Effective Business Cards

Gawker picked up on a new trend: The "Call Me Maybe" business card. If you're not familiar with the song, consider yourself lucky, because it's definitely an ear worm. The lyrics: "Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my number-call me, maybe?" Gawker already scooped three images of cheeky business cards including the lyrics. But, while definitely cute, is a gimmick like song lyrics appropriate for a business card? Read More >

Why You Shouldn't Lie on Your Resume (and what happens to those who do)

"I'll just put it down. Who's going to find out anyway, right?" If you ever needed a reminder that embellishing or fudging an item on your résumé is a bad idea, you might want to read up on the furor that has overtaken Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson. Hired as CEO in January this year, Thompson is at the center of a storm over a misstatement regarding his education: his résumé states that he has a degree in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College. Read More >

Genius vs. Jerky: Are Recruiters Getting Too Demanding?

Jim Hopkinson was looking for a marketing intern. Since he happens to work for the website of an intensely popular tech magazine, Wired, he decided to up the ante a little on his application requirements with a "bonus" question: what's his favorite baseball team? Read More >

Hiring Manager Explains Why Your Cover Letter Failed

It's really frustrating applying to jobs on the internet. You spend a lot of time poring over your cover letter, reworking your resume, Googling the right person to address your application to (and making sure you've got their name right), and then waiting days, weeks, and even months for a response that often never comes. That's why we have really mixed feelings about the 3,000-word "advice" email that one company sent its 900+ rejected job applicants. Read More >

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