Posts Tagged: Resumes & Cover Letters

10 Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid

Dear Vault readers, You may have caught our post on Joe Maddalone and his ill-fated introduction email to Morgan Stanley's CEO. Well one person definitely missed it: the NYU undergrad who wrote this epic fail of a cover letter to JP Morgan. In a plea for a summer analyst position, the applicant mentioned his GPA as well as bench pressing abilities. Read More >

Do You Fit Into Google’s Culture?

According to an article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, "Companies are increasingly relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, video profiles and online quizzes to gauge candidates' suitability for a job. While most still request a resume as part of the application package, some are bypassing the staid requirement altogether. Read More >

Does Cold Emailing for a Job Actually Work?

Joe Maddalone wasn't exactly "cold" contacting Morgan Stanley when he sent the CEO an email at 3:02pm the day after New Years. He'd already interviewed with the company for a sales position, and was contacting James Gorman, whom he hadn't met yet, to introduce himself. Here's the email: "Mr. Gorman, Hope you had a great holiday. My name is Joe Maddalone, and purpose of this email is to see it you received a letter of recommendation on my behalf from Mr. T Boone Pickens. Read More >

The Exclamation Point: When to Use It and When To Lose It

Prior to the advent of the email, text, and blog, the exclamation point lived a rather quiet, low-profile existence. Rarely was the straight line above a single dot used in handwritten letters, typed letters, or telegrams (if you've never heard of these, ask your great-grandfather about them). However, since written correspondence went online and cellular, the exclamation point has made a monstrous comeback. Read More >

"Creative": The Most Overused Linked In Buzzword, 2011

The results are in: the top most overused word in your LinkedIn profile this year was "creative." Perhaps LinkedIn-ers were reacting to last year's list (which including snooze-worthy clunkers like "results oriented," "extensive experience," "team player"), by choosing more modern, Gen Y-sounding adjectives like those on this year's list, which includes soft skill references like "Organizational" (#2) and " Communication skills" (#9). Read More >

New Year's Resolutions for Your Career

In just over a week, that ball will drop again in Times Square, and the timer on your New Year's resolutions will begin ticking. Sure, you could stick with the same old diet and fitness resolutions. But while you work toward a smaller waistline, why don't you consider another part of your life that needs an overhaul: your career. If you're stuck in a dead-end job, are hoping to change careers, or are unemployed, make 2012 your year for career success. Read More >

How to Fight Interview Stress and Fright

Although interviewing for a job can be frightfully stressful, it doesn't have to be. In fact, with proper preparation (researching the company you're interviewing with, the position your interviewing for, and the person or persons who will be conducting the interview) as well as the below three tips, interviewing can be as relaxing as having a Bud with a bud. 1. Run, stretch, lift. Read More >

Networking Tips to Speed Up Your Job Search

By Debra Feldman  You've probably heard too many times that the best way to find a new job, especially in today's highly competitive environment is through networking. What if you don't have a good network or your contacts are not able to help you? The right connections are individuals who have the authority to hire you or introduce you to these decision makers. Usually they are employees or former employees and retirees of your target companies or others who may have internal connections. Read More >

Good Career Advice Gone Bad

Many of the old adages concerning finding the right career are falling by the wayside as businesses - and the whole world - seem to be changing at a faster rate than ever. With a team of various specialists, Forbes has compiled a list of the top worst pieces of "good" career advice in the 21st century. At the top of the list is the myth that life is too short to stay in a job that isn't personally rewarding. Read More >

5 Tips for Using New Technology to Find a Job

For years, there were only a few ways to look for a job.  You could search through the classifieds and hit the ground running, traveling from one company to another and filling out applications while leaving your resume behind.  That's just not the way you do things anymore.  It hasn't been for some time now. Technology changed all that and today, candidates know the importance of using computers to find work. Read More >

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