The recruitment process has hugely changed since the start of the 21st century, along with employers' expectations of candidates. But has this affected the use of cover letters?
Is it worth applying for a job that could be a stretch for you, given your qualifications? How do you know if it's worth applying for a job when you are missing some of the requirements?
Most people develop typical, generic employment resumes that are often headlined with a basic cover-letter, a generally desired occupation, basic job descriptions and a general break down of previous experiences that should help qualify them for most industry-related job opportunities.
The moment has arrived. You are currently applying for an employment position with a new organization and you inevitably reach the part of the job application that asks for self- identification and voluntary disclosure of any disabilities. Before answering the question(s), you instantly pause as your mind imagines the possibilities of how your personal health information may be interpreted by the prospective employer... you wonder, if your condition could somehow subject you to being ostracized and treated differently than any of your future employee counterparts?
Searching for a job can be challenging, and being out of work can take its toll on even the most positive-thinking people. When your search is taking longer than you had hoped it would, it’s easy to start questioning yourself- your skills, your experience, even your personality. Your job is a big part of your identity, and when you are unemployed, it’s easy to feel a little bit lost.
There is a sea of information relating to how service members can translate their skills to the civilian workforce and improve their resumes. The information can be confusing and conflicting; colleges, employers, and placement advocacy entities all have different, if not contradicting, information.
There could be any number of reasons why you’re searching for a job. Maybe you just graduated, maybe you were laid off, or maybe you’re not happy in your current job or even in your career. Whatever the reason, each job search comes with its own set of hurdles. One could be that you find yourself overqualified for the positions you’re seeking.
You never know when a job opportunity is going to arise. Even if you are not actively looking for a job, you could be contacted out of the blue with an opportunity you’re interested in. If it has been a while since you last updated your resume, it could take hours- hours that you might not have to spare- to get it to where it needs to be to submit to a potential employer.
Recruiters are always looking for potential candidates and LinkedIn is one of their main resources. Companies are also utilizing LinkedIn to post jobs and find the best qualified candidates
When you’re writing a resume, your ultimate goal is to be noticed as a qualified candidate and to make enough of an impact on an employer or recruiter that you are invited for an interview.
You know the things employers want to see- relevant skills and experience, required education...