Business Communication Today, 15th Ed.
Chapter 18. Building Careers and Writing Resumes
"I’ve read a lot of cover letters in my career — thousands of them, maybe even tens of thousands.
"My career fantasies," writes Erin McDermott Peterson, "consisted of me getting to just focus on recruiting all day—finding and interviewing people, making offers, and convincing them this was the right opportunity for them.
"Any time we interview someone, we wait to see whether they’ll write a thank you note or not.
"Great results are more than half the battle.
"Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your resume and application?
Lydia Bowers (photo, left) fields a question from a reader about changing careers at 60.
"Presumably, extroverts are more excited by going to mixers and events and meeting new people.
Lydia Bowers (photo, left) answers a reader's question at TheMuse.
"In The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption, Farai Chideya [photo, left], an award-winning author, journalist and professor, reports on today’s challenging job landscape and offers tools for navigating the inevitable changes.
"If you’re looking to break out of teaching, but are hesitant because you’re not sure how your skills might translate to another industry, have no fear.
"It’s been a decade since LinkedIn starting adding features that help you do your job better, but many people still aren’t taking advantage of those features.
According to William Aruda (photo, left), "I spend a lot of time helping people improve their LinkedIn profile and align it with their real-world brand.
"Maybe someone less qualified gets a promotion you worked hard to earn.
"Ever have to psych yourself up to go to work?
"If you want to be successful in your career, I have a little-known secret for you.
"Here’s my short answer: If you’ve spent time tailoring your resume and are extremely proud of it, there’s no harm in reattaching it.
"Truthfully, I can’t recall the last informational interview I’ve gone on myself.
"Nicole Russo (photo, left), stylist and founder of Let's Get You, helps people realize their full potential and become the person they want to be through their style.
Emily Disston (photo, left) fields a question on the topic at TheMuse.
"When I receive emails like yours, I often begin with don’t shoot yourself in the foot by giving less than your best at work.
"To coach us along in the salary negotiation process, we turned to Josh Doody [photo, left], author of Fearless Salary Negotiation.
"Just as animals have to survive in the wild on an instinctual basis, so do humans.
"We consulted Amanda Augustine [photo, left], career advice expert for TopResume, about how to send a clear and compelling message to a company you're dying to work for.