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Attention-grabbing ways to start a cover letter

cover letterBeing like everyone else will not get you far in your job search. Hiring managers receive numerous resumes and cover letters weekly. If you want to stand out among the rest, you must catch their attention.

Make sure you don’t use a common intro in your cover letter, such as:  “Please accept my resume for consideration of the (ABC) position within your organization. “

Snoozer! Don’t waste space in your opening line by citing the obvious. You need to be different, unique, and appear more valuable than the competition.

Following are a few focus points that lend to attention-grabbing openers: 

  1. Mention the name of a mutual acquaintance. Name dropping virtually guarantees your letter will be read – nothing beats the coattails of someone the hiring manager likes and respects.
  2. State the manager’s name and how you met in the past. Seeing their own name always catches their attention. Furthermore, knowing you have taken the time to get to know them and respect them enough to want to work for them will cause the hiring manager to read more about you.
  3. Lure them with the notable benefits you have to offer. The qualifications you possess that directly relate to the qualities the hiring company seeks will get you noticed.

Samples of sizzling cover letter opening lines:

  • “Julie Nelson mentioned your company has opened a division of sporting goods and suggested I contact you.”
  • “Your speech on Tuesday was inspiring, Mr. Roberts. Soon I will have completed my master’s in physical therapy, just in time for your entry-level opening in the PT ward.”
  • “Since you will soon be working on photo sessions for the Spring catalog, I have enclosed my resume and portfolio to show just how ideal my background in photography and design is for your marketing strategies. “

What makes these opening lines great is they mention names, connect to an experience, reveal in-depth knowledge of the company, or express relevant qualifications. All show the candidate as a person who cares enough to take extra measures to prepare a great self-marketing tool.

If you need assistance designing an attention-grabbing cover letter and/or resume, contact Michelle: MCKResumeService@gmail.com or (727) 278-4367

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3 things you should never say in a job interview

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Are you having trouble landing a job, but not sure why? The right skills and an impressive resume may help you get an interview, but there is more to getting hired.

Experts will tell you it’s all about whether you present your character, personality, skills and values in a positive and relatable manner — that’s what attracts employers.

Following are just a few things you should never say or do in a job interview:

  • I don’t really know much about the job; could you tell me about it? Big mistake! Employers expect candidates to research the job before they arrive for an interview. You need to be able to explain confidently why you want the position. If you haven’t researched what the job is about, you may be wasting the employer’s time and your own. It’s okay to ask questions, but not anything you should already know from reading the job post or researching the company.
  • How much vacation time will I get? Nope! It’s not a good idea to ask any questions during the interview that make it appear your focus is not on working.
  • I really need to take this call. Oh, nay nay! Hiring managers and recruiters are amazed that interviewees actually answer their phones and respond to text messages during face-to-face interviews. Leave your phone in the car, or at least turn it off during an interview, so you are not tempted to answer it.

Stop and think for a moment before you say what is on your mind. If you have any doubt it’s something you should or shouldn’t say, play it safe and don’t say it.

Wishing you much success in your future employment!

Is your resume in tip-tip shape for a job interview? E-mail it to me and I will gladly review it for you. – Michelle at MCKResumeService@gmail.com

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5 resume writing tips for new grads

college grads3It’s that time of year when college grads start contemplating writing their first resume. They know the competition for jobs is fierce, so how do they go about presenting themselves in the best possible light?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a professional email address. One of the biggest complaints from employers is when a new college graduate uses a cutesy or unprofessional email address. For example, something like icarryagun@gmail.com  is not going to help your job search. Be sure to create a professional email address that you will continue to use for business purposes.
  2. Be relevant. For a new college graduate, a one page resume is usually a good length. Be sure to include experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Although it’s great that you maintained a paper route from age 14 to 17, it isn’t really relevant to an employer considering you for a civil engineering position. Employers are interested in the academic credentials and experience you obtained while in school.
  3. Be honest. Avoid the temptation to pepper your resume with buzzwords and skills you don’t actually possess. It annoys employers when they interview an applicant and find they can’t explain what’s on their resume. It can cost you dearly when a hiring manager finds out you lied – and they always do.
  4. Proofread. Submitting a poorly written resume plagued with spelling and grammatical errors, passive language and other easily correctable mistakes is a surefire way to catapult your resume right into the trash bin. Be sure to proofread your resume and have one or two trustworthy individuals reproof it for you to make sure it’s perfect!
  5. Work full-time at finding a job. Don’t make the mistake of thinking employers will find you just because you posted your resume to a few job sites. This is only a starting point. Whether you are a recent grad or an experienced professional searching for a job, never sit back and wait for the next job to find you. There are jobs out there – work hard and you’ll find the one for you!

Wishing you much success in the adventures life has to offer!

Need help designing a resume, cover letter, follow-up thank you letter, or LinkedIn profile? Contact Michelle at MCK Resume Service

I am offering a 15% discount to new grads on entry level resumes during the month of April!

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2013 Job Search Tip – Volunteer

mck logo2Volunteering is an excellent option for the job seeker who is looking to gain experience and/or fill an employment gap on their resume. Not only does volunteering aid and bless society, but it helps you in the process – in more ways than you can imagine. Trust me, it works!

If you need assistance crafting a resume, cover letter or LinkedIn profile, contact Michelle at MCK Resume Service: (727) 278-4367 or MCKResumeService@gmail.com

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Job Search Tip – Follow-up “Thank You” Letter

job search tip 2If you are like most people, you will walk out of an interview wishing you had phrased something differently. Or, two hours later you will remember a great example that would have perfectly illustrated your skills. Don’t worry; you haven’t completely missed your opportunity to say what you wanted to say. A follow-up “Thank you” letter is a great place to polish responses that may have been rough or lacking during your interview.

Need help crafting or polishing a follow-up thank you letter after an interview? Contact MCK Resume Service. It’s our business to make you shine in your business!

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Take your resume from ugly duckling to swan status

beautiful swanWhile there is no doubt the content of your résumé is what is most important, the ability to craft an attractive résumé is also vital. On average, a potential employer spends 10 – 30 seconds scanning a résumé, trying to get a quick grasp on what you have to offer. Using visuals can set your résumé apart from the rest and draw the reader’s eyes to what you want them to see.

A visually attractive résumé can make it easier for the reader to find and evaluate essential information. But this isn’t just about being pretty. Creating a professional image for yourself indicates you understand what you have to offer, and that you have the ability to organize and present it well.

Do not underestimate the power of a visually appealing résumé. At MCK Resume Service, we are in the business of making our clients look good and get noticed. Let us know if we can assist you in creating a job-winning resume.

Contact information:  http://www.mckresumeservice.com / mckresumeservice@gmail.com / (727) 278-4367

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What a professional resume writer can do for you.

mck logo2In today’s job market, a number of factors affect whether an applicant is hired or not. Anywhere from using the proper key words in a resume to wearing the right outfit for an interview can determine whether or not you are considered for a job. In this economy, it is vital that you pay attention to the details. So, while creating a resume might seem a fairly easy task, perfecting it may require hiring a professional.

Always think of your resume as being a first impression of the professional you – since most often it is what a company will see before you land an interview. A professional resume writer will know what language businesses are looking for and how to ensure all your skills and job experiences are effectively communicated. That’s their job.

Technically, a resume writer falls under the category of “ghost writer”. Hiring professionals need never know that you chose to have someone help you craft your resume. But, in so doing, you may increase your chances of getting noticed by HR professionals and hiring managers and ultimately move up in your targeted career sector.

Just as you would probably hire an electrician to rewire your home or a plumber to fix a leaky faucet, hiring a resume writer means having a skilled professional help you create a marketing document that best represents you.

I welcome the opportunity to help you improve your chances of finding the perfect job. Check out my services page to see just what MCK Resume Service can do for you and your career.

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Looking for a job?

job search tip yellowGet your family and friends involved!

Make your job search a team effort by telling your family and friends that you are searching for a job.

It is important to have a strong support system. They can be there to cheer you on in victory, or pick you up if you’re feeling down. Furthermore, your support team can keep an eye out for any job opportunities they come across.

Keep in mind, every person you know is a potential contact. Following are some ideas of who you can involve in your job search:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • People in your address books (hard copy, e-mail, and social media)
  • Your Christmas card list (or comparable)
  • Co-workers from past jobs
  • People you know at the gym, physical trainer, or sports teams
  • Neighbors
  • People who come to do work at your home
  • Clerks you know at stores
  • Barber, hairdresser, manicurist, etc.
  • Waiters, waitresses, restaurant managers
  • Your doctors and their staff
  • Religious associations
  • Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, or any other group you belong to

I’m sure you’ve got the picture!

Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you in creating or updating your job-winning resume. ~ Michelle Cook Kaufmann, Resume Writer

Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.  ~Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Job search tip

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Become a master spell-checker! The number one mistake job seekers make is spelling typos on resumes and job applications. While this may seem like a small slip up, hiring managers have expressed this drives them crazy and causes them to reject applications. Make sure your resume and job application is error free by using spell check on your computer, proof read and then proof read again, read it out loud, then finally ask one or two people you trust to proof read after you feel it is perfect. Yes, error free resumes and applications are THAT important!

Michelle Cook Kaufmann

MCK Resume Service

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Choose a job you love.

choose a job you loveTo be a successful job seeker these days, you must stay calm, patient, proactive, and prioritize. Be sure to put your time and energy into jobs that most interest you and have the greatest chances of coming to fruition. Once you have done your research, carefully choose a few companies you are most interested in. Pursue them with passion – even if they don’t have current openings.