Let's start with a fact: Writing a cover letter is a pain. However, even if you don’t meet all requirements specified in the job description, a well-written cover letter can still get your foot in the door. If you do it right, it gives you a strong competitive advantage and boosts your chances of getting a job.
This guide will help you write the best cover letter possible (with ease!) and set yourself apart from other candidates.
What will you learn in the next 10 minutes:
What is a cover letter?
Why is the cover letter important? (and does anyone still read them?!)
If you have been looking for a job, you already know that rejections are a regular part of the job-hunting process. But did you know that you can get a rejection even before your resume had a chance to be seen by human eyes? *mind-blowing*
After you submit your application, your resume needs to go through different review stages. To save time and focus only on resumes that meet basic requirements, many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). ATS is software that makes recruiters’ life easier by helping them with sorting through CVs and finding the top candidates without reviewing each...
Literally every single interview, regardless of the job you applied for and its seniority, will include questions that aim to assess your knowledge about the company you are being interviewed for. It is a universal fact.
Although a majority of candidates know it, a minority prepare themselves for that part of the interview.
Our rough approximation is that only 2 out of 10 candidates are well-prepared and informed about the company they are interviewing for. And that comes from recruiters who have interviewed more than 1,000 candidates for major, world-known companies.
You must have read hundreds of pieces of advice how to be successful at the interview, how to answer each question, impress the recruiters and land the dream job. However, there is one important thing you should bear in mind.
A successful interview starts long before you enter the room with interviewers, take your place across them and start answering questions.
No one has ever come spontaneously from the street, entered the room with interviewers, impressed them and got the job - no matter how smart, capable, or confident they are (except Mike Ross - go Suits fans!).
If you are preparing yourself for the upcoming interview and you are struggling with structuring your answers, we have good news for you. There is a simple answering method that will make your interview preparation (and life!) easier, your interviewing skills better, and consequently – your interviews, job hunt and career more successful.
It's time to meet... STAR technique.
Interested in learning more about this time-saving, interview-nailing, job-winning technique?
Here you can find out the answers to the most important questions about the STAR.
So you have been writing, rewriting and then writing again the content of your CV for a couple of hours/days/weeks. You have re-read it more than 100 times and you are 100% sure your CV is ready to impress employers.
How wouldn’t it? You are sure you have prepared a job-winning CV!
But just in case - stop there for a second!
Use the checklist below to find out if you have done everything correctly and if your CV is really ready for your first application.
1. IS YOUR CV LONGER THAN 2 PAGES?
Even though you most likely know this already, we will repeat it once again because “repetitio est ma...
You cannot always predict what kind of questions you might get during the interview. However, unlike other interview questions, there is one question that you can count on. We guarantee that interviewers are going to start the interview with the sentence „Tell us more about yourself“ - or some variation of it.
Although this question may seem fairly simple, the number of candidates who fail to deliver a decent, well-structured and concise answer to it indicates that this question is more complex than it seems at the first sight.
On the bright side, no matter how complex the question is, th...
During the job quest, the most common mistake job seekers make is sending the same resume to more than dozen different jobs.
We all have done it.
Sometimes job-seekers think that this approach can even improve our chances of getting the job, since we send the same resume automatically and, by doing so, we apply to more job vacancies. But it's a trap.
When you send a resume or a cover letter without addressing the company or without referring to a specific role, it's obvious that you haven't taken your time to adjust them.
From recruiter’s perspective, it's immediately a red flag signal...
Your resume is one of the most important documents you will have to write in your entire life.
Sounds scary, huh?
Or it seems like we are exaggerating?
After all, we are recruiters. All we do entire day is reading resumes. No wonder we think it is the most important document in the universe.
But please - take a second and think about this statement.
It is the first thing potential employers will receive from your end in order to get to know you and to learn more about your background. It is the document on which you will be judged on. Eventually, it is the document they will use as a foun...