Excellence in Business Communication, 13th Edition
Chapter 15. Building Careers and Writing Resumes
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"When you apply for any job, the very first tool you will use to grab the attention of employers is your cover letter.
"A business model is an outline of how a company plans to make money with its product and customer base in a specific market.
"What's needed is a way to manage the nervous system so that confidence can overwrite fear and reduce speaking anxiety.
According to Jody Porowski (photo, left), "If you’re thinking about taking a new step in your career, your resume’s probably high on your mind.
"Over the course of my recruiter career, I’ve seen a handful of applications that have made me think, “Geez, this looks like this was generated by a robot.
"Before job seekers ever have a chance to get judged by a human hiring manager, their résumé may be screened out by a machine.
"There are certain parts of the interview process that people overly obsess over and spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on.
"Failure isn’t a roadblock.
"Failure isn’t a roadblock.
"Those five little words tell a recruiter or your prospective boss a lot, and none of it is good.
"It’s ironic that many schools don’t give lessons on how to study or take notes effectively.
"People often really struggle over how to start a cover letter, and as a result they often end up with lines that are overly salesy, gimmicky, or just very tired.
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"I’ve read a lot of cover letters in my career — thousands of them, maybe even tens of thousands.
"When a corporate recruiting function conducts an audit, I find that the resulting data usually reveals that the recruiting problems that dramatically restrict applications routinely occur during the same steps of the “recruiting funnel.
"To demystify some of the ambiguities surrounding the resume editing process, here’s a hand-picked list of some of the most important dos and don’ts to be aware of during this stage.
"Follow these tips to approach resumes like a psychologist, so you don't sell yourself short.
"But for us little guys — the companies who hire dozens instead of hundreds; the start ups looking to change the world with team members who are equal parts talented and passionate; the tribes where each new person immediately sends ripples through the culture — we read every cover letter, and make our interview decisions based on them.