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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 >

10 Tips to Beat Job Search Burn Out

The weather's heating up, but are your job hunting efforts cooling off? Fight the urge to abandon your search-stay on track and refresh your motivation with these tips: 1. Do Something You're Awesome At One of the best ways to right burn out is to feel A. successful, and B. energized. This is most easily and effectively achieved by doing something you enjoy, and you kind of rule at. Be it table tennis, interpretive dance, or beating your niece at Crazy Eights, do it. Read More >

5 Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Job Search

Ah, Spring. A time of new beginnings and vigorous cleaning. We can smell the sunshine and Pinesol already! But as you flip your mattress and give your walls a sponge bath, don't forget a key area to re-evaluate: your job search. If reported job gains from the BLS can be believed, things are improving. It's been a hard winter, but the light is visible at the end of the tunnel, and it's all natural, Tulip-nurturing sunbeams. Read More >

Should You Take a Social Media Course?

An article in the New York Times today about jobseekers taking formal courses and workshops on social media raises an interesting question: just how valuable are social media skills? Is Facebook know-how worth investing a few credit hours at your local college and the cost of tuition? Do the benefits of a Twitter account outweigh the annoyance of begging your tech-savvy niece to set up one up for you? Of course, that depends. Read More >

Would You Put a Resume on Pinterest?

We've talked before about using social media tools to find a job. But usually, that means the Big Three: Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. Just kidding! Of course, the (arguably) best site for job search social media is LinkedIn. And it's undoubtedly the best place for explicating posting your resume and qualifications, since you're not likely to have any photos of you drinking nearby, and you have more than 180 characters to describe your job duties. Read More >

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 >


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