Posted by: kaaprohr | December 6, 2010

Cover letter writing tips

When writing a Cover Letter, remember to make it crisp, concise, impressive and interesting. Your Cover Letter must be able to arouse an interest in the employer to read your resume and call you for an interview.

The Cover Letter is an important document that is usually sent along with the CV when applying for a job – whether advertised or mentioned by a contact. It is a very important letter that can be used to introduce yourself and show your interest in applying for the vacant position.

Following tips will help to have great cover letter to accompany your resume

1) Keep it short and to the point.

2) Use a standard font style such as Arial or Times New Roman

3) Project your interest in working for the Company and taking up the job.

4) Mention clearly the position applied for and your skills for handling the job well.

5) Use an original format as opposed to a common Cover Letter template which is used by every other job seeker. Address the Cover Letter to the most appropriate person as mentioned in the advertisement.

Posted by: kaaprohr | December 6, 2010

Interview Tips

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these strategies to enhance your interview skills.

1) Use Appropriate Language

It’s a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation — these topics could send you out the door very quickly.

2) Don’t Be Cocky

Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism and modesty. Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved.

3) Take Care to Answer the Questions properly

When an interviewer asks for an example of a time when you did something, he is seeking a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.

4) Ask relevant Questions

When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions to demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

5) Avoid looking Desperate

When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Maintain the three C’s during the interview: cool, calm and confident. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.

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