By Loy Xingqi from ResumeWriter and Adrian Tan from CareerLadder
If you thought your CV is the first hurdle to getting your foot in the door, think again. Even if you have an excellent CV, your chances can be ruined with a shabbily written cover letter. Read on to find out how you can write a meaningful yet short cover letter. (Read More Here!)
By Matt Tarpey, CareerBuilder US
Job seekers put a lot of time and effort into what is included on their CVs, but often what causes them the most stress is what they leave off. If you’ve been unemployed or left the workforce for personal reasons, you may be a little anxious about how to explain that gap to potential employers. (Read More Here!)
By Jonathan Tay
Jobseekers, mind your netiquette. Your future boss could be watching your online deeds. According to an online study by JobsCentral, at least three-in-four employers (75.1 per cent) would do online researches on potential job candidates. Social media sites, mainly LinkedIn (38.4 per cent) and Facebook (34.3 per cent), are the most commonly used channels by snooping employers.
The online study was conducted from August to September 2012, among 396 hiring managers and HR personnels.
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By Beth Hering
Employers nowadays are generally so overwhelmed with applications for a position that they can't devote much time to each potential candidate. How can your résumé spark their interest enough to garner more than just a passing glance? Here, experts offer suggestions on gaining precious seconds of "look" time.
Make it visually attractive
The adage that you should not judge a book by its cover may be worthy advice, but throw the saying out the window when submitting an application. The last thing you want your résumé to do is look sloppy or disorganized among a stack of stellar submissions.
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Weeks after Rosalyn Ray was laid off from her job as a medical health clerk last year, she decided to hire someone to revamp her résumé.
"I wasn't getting any hits," she says. Ms. Ray eventually hired a résumé writer she found online. Ms. Ray was initially wowed by the writer's website, which boasted dozens of résumé samples along with testimonials.
More than $100 and a week later, her résumé came back full of typos and misspellings. "I didn't do too much due diligence," admits Ms. Ray, 49, from Oakland, Calif.
With low barriers to entry, résumé-writing services have mushroomed as job seekers who've been out of work for a prolonged period compete for the attention of hiring managers. Out of more than 400 members of the National Résumé Writers Association, or NRWA, (one of two main trade associations for résumé writers), only 34 have attained the National Certified Résumé Writer Credential. That makes quality tough to discern. Résumé-writing services cost between $100 and $2,000 dollars, says Charlotte Weeks, president of NRWA, making it critical to know what you're getting before you pay up.
Five questions to ask a résumé writer before making the investment.
An outstanding cover letter can help you stand out from the competition and win you that crucial first interview. Find out how.
By Nazry Bahrawi
You can think of a cover letter as a preface to what you’ve written in your résumé. “A badly written cover letter can spoil that first impression and damage your chances of an interview,” says Shao-Ning, Director of JobsFactory.
“The purpose of a cover letter is to promote your skills and experience as a single package,” continues Shao-Ning. “It should complement and not duplicate your résumé. It should explain your interest in the job or the organisation, and talk about your achievements. It is a chance to let the employer get a feel of your personality.”
This is in sharp contrast to your résumé, which is essentially a concise record of your education and employment information. The cover letter, on the other hand, offers you a chance to describe yourself in slightly greater detail. Let us go through some pointers on how you can write a winning cover letter.
If you are a retrenched professional who has forgotten what to include in a résumé, fret not. Here are some tips on what a résumé is for, and how you can get started on putting one together.
By Tan Yan Shuo
On your first Monday morning not at work, you surf JobsCentral for suitable job openings. This one catches your eye: “Management Executive wanted at Utopia Pte Ltd, lucrative pay and benefits, flexible working hours, fast-tracked development plan.” Excited, you send in your résumé to Utopia’s boss Mr. Lee Tow Kay, and wait for that phone call… which never comes. What happened?
The one thing common to most job applications is the curriculum vitae. This two- to three-page document is expected to contain the applicant's employment history, special achievements and relevant personal details. Unfortunately, many applicants still fail to write their CVs properly and end up failing to snag the job interview. What are the top five blunders that job applicants make when designing their CVs?
By Linus Tham