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To be effective, the body paragraphs of your cover letter must really sell you as the best candidate for the job. This area should highlight your accomplishments and qualifications, as well as explain how you can benefit the company. It should be easy to read and have a positive tone. Each paragraph of your cover letter has a different purpose, and there are strategies you can use to make each paragraph effective.
Finding employment can be challenging for anyone, but the job market can be especially tough for recent college graduates, people re-entering the workforce after time away, or someone who has been in a position for a long time. Competition is stiff; the market is filled with other strong job candidates, too. So how can you increase your chances for getting a great job in the field you love? For almost everyone, it starts with a resume.
A resume provides the hiring manager with his or her very first impression of you. A well-written one could be your ticket into an interview. You can use it before an interview to help you prepare your answers to the questions you expect to get, and it can even help you during the interview by giving you a way to direct the flow of questions.
A chronological resume:
- Includes job titles, dates of employment, and a description of the job in terms of accomplishments and measurable tasks
- Is most often done in reverse order, with your most recent job listed first
- Works best for job seekers who have a steady employment history or previous employment that is related to the position being sought
A functional resume:
- Groups applicable skills into functional skill categories
- Highlights applicable skills and experience without revealing a lapse in employment
- Works best for job seekers who have gaps in their employment history, little previous work experience, or recently changed careers
- Is disliked by many hiring managers
A combination resume:
- Highlights functional skills and experience without hiding employment dates
- Works best for job seekers who have required skills from a variety of jobs, are trying to change careers, or have had a steady work history
- Is a favorite among hiring managers and recruiters
As with any email, a business email should include a brief but descriptive subject line, one or more recipients, and an attachment if needed. If you are including multiple recipients, consider using the CC (carbon copy) field to keep the extra recipients in the loop without requiring them to respond. Whether you're using email at work or applying for a job, the normal rules of email etiquette still apply.
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