Business Communication Today, 15th Ed.
Chapter 18. Building Careers and Writing Resumes
"Those five little words tell a recruiter or your prospective boss a lot, and none of it is good.
"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.
"You might wonder whether it's appropriate to ask why a position is open during an interview.
"Self-described introvert and veteran tech executive Karen Wickre shares her secret to cultivating professional connections with a minimum of anxiety and awkwardness.
"I’ve read a lot of cover letters in my career — thousands of them, maybe even tens of thousands.
"Whether you’re a newly-minted associate or a seasoned partner, the message that you need to be “networking” never goes away.
"If you’ve been looking for a new job for a while and getting nowhere, cheer up.
"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.
"My point is that your role isn’t necessarily meant to be a 24/7 enjoyable experience—that’s why you get a paycheck for doing it.
Richard Feloni covers the work of Dr.
"Having a cluttered desk or inappropriate items in your workspace could be making a bad impression on your colleagues or employers.
"3 tips for breaking the ice.
"Avoiding opportunities, falling behind, and overworking are just some of the very real consequences of perfectionism.
Emily Liou (photo, left) answers the following Ask a Credible Career Coach question: "I’ve only been at my current job for a few months, but I know for certain that it’s just not right for me.
"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.
"Let's face it - almost everyone has irrelevant jobs on their work history.
"Are job seekers who are currently employed more desirable candidates?
"Most of the time finding a new job is about who you know and your networking strategies.
"As Cathy Benko and Molly Anderson predicted in their 2010 book, we’ve gone from a corporate ladder to a Corporate Lattice, in which professionals’ career progress may only sometimes be linear — and often, may instead appear diagonal or horizontal.
"While the classic refrain focuses on how jobs will be lost to the robots, it’s not all doom and gloom for the human race explains Jason Hill, financial services expert at PA Consulting.
25 TED speakers answer the question.
According to David Jensen, "As an advanced-degree holder in the sciences, you don’t have to be on the job market to feel beat down.
"While most workers still have one, companies and recruiters are putting less emphasis on résumés when searching for job candidates.