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Today, I answer these questions:
Does anyone actually call resume references anymore?

Why do employers ask weird interview questions to trip you up?

Should I go back to get a degree?

Should I go to a job fair?

Why do some people only put company name, dates and title In their LinkedIn profile?

What ultimately makes you choose one job candidate over others when they are all similarly qualified?

Is an electrician a good job for someone that did not go to college?

How competitive is the hiring process at . . .

Do recruiters give extra weightage for including cover letter in the job application?

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job

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hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Two Steps You Can Take to Have A Superior Cover Letter | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with two easy things you can do to create a cover letter that provides superior results.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule a free discovery session.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Join And Attend My Classes On Skillshare https://thebiggamehunter.us/Skillshare

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Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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Cover Letters That Stand Out | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/10/28/cover-letters-that-stand-out-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

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Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Are Cover Letters Always Needed? | JobSearchTV.com

I answer this simple, yet important question. 

Summary

“Are cover letters always needed?”

No.

The history of the cover letter is really very simple. In days of old, like when I got into recruiting what seems like hundred years ago, you had one resume that you mailed to an employer or you dropped off at their offices as you went from building to building trying to find a job. Back then, a cover letter became a complement to that one standard resume and would talk about some of the additional things that you did had done that were relevant to that job. So, you might just simply have typed up a letter that you put on top of the resume or stapled to it. Or, you might say something politely like, “I’m forwarding my resume to you for the role of (fill the blank) that I saw advertised in (fill in the blank). I believe my experience with such and such and such and such would make be a viable individual for your organization). That was paragraph two.

Paragraph three was, “I look forward to hearing from you about next steps in the process,” or, if you were doing drop-offs that day because you have no idea if there was a job, you would do one of those your self-promotion type of things, staple it onto your it resume and use it is a sales tool.

Obviously, cover letters are not used for that purpose anymore and know if your background as demonstrated on your resume shows that you fit the requirement perfectly, you don't need a cover letter. However, few resumes do. So, why not use it is a sales opportunity to promote yourself?

Now, I want to be clear, you don't use a cover letter as an attachment with your resume. Use the body of the email like the old cover letter. What do you do you? How do you demonstrate the fit? It’s really very simple.

So, whether you are sending it to a recruiter or a hiring manager, you might start off by saying, “I am submitting my resume for a role that I understand is available in your organization for (such and such). My understanding is this is what you're looking for.”

In the left-hand column, you put a list of skills and, in the right-hand column, you indicate how long and how recently you used those skills, used those technologies or employed those qualifications. How long and how recently. If you don't have one or two of those items. You omit them from your list. Then, from there, you could conclude by saying, “as you can see, I matchup very strongly with the position and I look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you in the next week. If I don't hear from you I will put in a quick call to you . . . “ Something along those lines that ties the bow so that there is going to be a next step. But you use it as a sales opportunity, linking your qualifications with the role.

So, no, you don't need to use it; it is not a requirement that you use a cover letter. But since few people are submitting resumes that demonstrate a perfect fit, why not use the body of your email instead of using it as stupid whitespace, use it as a sales opportunity to promote yourself?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/10/28/cover-letters-that-stand-out-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

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Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Is It Better If My Cover Letter Is Informal? | JobSearchTV.com


I answer this question posed to me through Quora.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Creating a Template for Cover Letters | JobSearchRadio.com

A simple format for your cover letters that will save you time and help get results.

Summary

Here, I’ve got one of my 15-minute job search tips that’s quick to implement and it's going to save you a lot of time going forward. It's the notion of setting up templates for your cover.

Now, I want to be clear, when I speak about a cover letter, I’m not talking about a separate attachment in your email. I’m talking about the body of the email that you are going to send with your resume to whatever situation you looking at. So, there are two basic formats. One is when you're applying to something that you found online.

Sentence number 1. I’m forwarding my resume to you based upon an ad that I saw on (fill in the blank) where you are looking for (fill in the blank). You are going to skip some spaces and then go down further and I’m going to tell you what you are going to use with the spaces in the second. I look forward to hearing from you about the next step in scheduling an interview. Have a great day.

What you are going to put in the middle when you see the ad is a list of the skills in the left column and how long and how recently you’ve worked with them. Let me just backup for a second.

After the first paragraph. “I saw your what you were requiring for the position. The following table will summarize my experience with the requirements of the job.” And then you’re going to you and the paragraph.

In the left column, you are going to put down the required skills and in the right column, how long and how recently you worked with it. If you haven't used one of those skills, just eliminate it. Don’t mention it.

Version number 2. “I’m forwarding my resume to you because I was referred to you by so-and-so. So-and-so mentioned (you go by first name this time) that you are trying to hire someone for such and such position. The rest is exactly the same.

So, set up these templates. It won't take long to do. Set them up in Word and when you need them, just copy them into the body of an email that you send or set them up as a signature file in Outlook and send them in that way.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Cover Letters That Get Results | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you exactly how you can use your cover letter to make it obvious how you fit a job .

Summary

Let me tell you what the perfect cover letter can do for you and how to construct the cover letter that’s perfect. I want to be clear talk; I’m not talking about sending a separate attachment. No one opens a separate attachment cover letter. Use the body of your email as the cover letter.

So what the perfect cover letter will do will make it obvious to a six-year-old that you can do the job and this is exactly what you do.

What you do is, if you're responding to a job listing, you are taking the requirements of the position and copying and pasting it into the body of the email and then you’re going line by line, item by item and telling people how long and how recently you performed such a function and what you did.

So, for example, if you happen the work in IT and you are talking about being (I’m just taking something at random) an IT architect with a cloud orientation who programmed in such and such language coming up through the ranks and is operating on enterprise-level, you go item by item with that list of specifications (I’ll talk about cloud architecture), you might say you have three years of cloud architecture . . . Current Programmed in Java is the next line. 15 years of Java development experience as recently as nine months ago.

You go item by item and then, ideally, you give them a quick summary of the most recent t instance that you use that process a specific function or task in the list of requirements. Then, you go (if there's a description of what your responsibilities would be) you copy and paste that in as well. And, again, you go through this item by item in order to demonstrate (here, I am not going to talk about numbers of years and how recently) I just want you to provide them with a brief synopsis of what you did that relates to what they would ask you to do.

What you're doing by doing this is demonstrating that you can handle the job as THEY have defined it. Most people just send a generic cover letter that says, “Hi! I saw your ad for such as such for so-and-so. I'm the perfect person.” I got five of those yesterday and not one of them was even close to being the perfect person.

Don’t be foolish. Don't demonstrate right away that you’re immature. Make the fit obvious to a busy individual how capable you are and then, in your resume, circle back and make sure these points exist within the resume, especially if you are submitting it to an applicant tracking system.

You see, some applicant tracking systems will peel off the cover letter and not really look at it so you want to make sure this content that you would have in your cover letter is in your resume.

Is that a lot of work? Do you want to know what more work is? Sending 100 of the same resumes over and over again and expecting to get interviews. That's a lot of wasted work because, as you know, when you send out 100 resumes, what do you get? Two responses . . . Maybe. The reason you are not getting responses is that you are not demonstrating a fit. Following this model is going to get you a lot more interviews so that you don't have to send out a hundred resumes.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Job Search Mistakes: Being a Drone | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff discusses two examples of people who did not toe the line and what happened afterward.

Summary

There are these two articles I've seen recently that really spoke well to unconventional responses to unconventional situations.

The first one was a cover letter story. It involved an intern and the young man (and I know it was a young man) wrote to a senior individual at a fund or an investment firm in New York. It's probably a better way to describe them and what he did very simply was write a letter that basically said you know, " I know that I've gone to mediocre school. I had good grades with a bad school. You normally don't hire people like me. You consider people like me for internships. However what I'll do is whatever you want me to do. You want me to get coffee I'll get coffee. Want me to shine shoes? I will shine shoes… whatever it takes, I will do in order to get this opportunity." And he wound up getting hired for the internship and he's there and he is there now on full time staff.

So, what does this really say? Well, I'll give you another example. This one came from an article I saw yesterday on LinkedIn that Liz Ryan wrote and the article basically described the situation where a woman went for an interview. She's kept waiting for about 15 minutes. And, at that point, she's invited in to speak with H.R. and H.R. has a cup of coffee and doesn't offer anything. So she responds by saying, " Oh, coffee great! I haven't had a chance to have any today. Can I have a cup as well?" The H.R. person was kind of stunned and you kind of pointed toward the break room was where someone helps her with getting a cup which was the guest mug and things like that. Then, she comes back and she sits down in the room in the interview room with the H.R. person who then says, " You have 20 minutes. Impress me."

And the response that she gave was, "If that's what you want me to do, I'll just sit here and have my coffee and you can leave. BBut I have no intention of doing that."

So after a minute or two of a staredown, the person started to ask conventional questions. She didn't expect to hear back but did a day or two later from the hiring manager who said, "I heard that you had spunk. I like to talk with you."

There's a message that you should take away from here and I hope the one is they are looking for real people. They are looking for clones. And if they are, it's not good to be you. Do not conform to behavioral things that are going to subjugate you to torment . . . particularly on a first interview. If you're in a situation where you're trying to get an internship or trying to break into or for firm, taking a tried and true method is going to get you the tried and true results. Better to do something that makes you standout.

Also go the extra step of saying that if you're put in the situation of having a tormenting interview like this woman was offered up, the best thing to do is kind of slap it away because obviously you wouldn't want to go to work there anyway and get to the other side.

In her case, she was able to break down the resistance that the HR person had to we're giving a more typical interview and got invited on to the hiring manager. Maybe that works for you. Maybe it doesn't. But so what? It's like if they're not going to allow you to get any further because you're not going to be all performing monkey with an organ grinder there for them, trying to guess what it is that they want you to do in order to move on, that you are going to want to move on to the next person that you are going to want to work for their firm, better to just do something different and break down the doors in as gentle a way as this woman did and move on.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

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What is The Best Way to Start a Cover Letter? | JobSearchRadio.com


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Questions like this make me crazy, but since someone needed an answer, here it is. 

Summary

The question for today is, "What is the best way to start a cover letter?" I go crazy with questions like this because it is such a small point in someone's job search. But if this is important to the listener, I am happy to give an answer.

Here's what I would suggest you do, don't think of it as a cover letter:

Use the body of the email that you send with the resume attached to it as the cover letter. If you're going to be submitting it through an applicant tracking system, make the cover letter page 1 of your resume.

The best way to start a cover letter is simple.

"Unlike a lot of the resumes that you receive, I actually do have the experience that is required for the role. Let me show you how my experience matches up with what you are looking for."

Then, create 2 columns. In the left column, list of requirements and the functionality of the position as defined by the ad or by the person who told you about the position. In the right-hand column next to each item, list, how long and how recently you have used each of the requirements are performed the individual function.

Obviously, if you are just spamming your resume to a position, this won't work and frankly, nothing is going to work. However, if you actually have the experience and want to stand out from the pack, this is a very easy way to do it. What you will do is make the fit obvious to them so that even if a 6-year-old girl reading the resume they would know you have the experience to do the job.

Because they receive so much useless email and resume submissions, they will have a chuckle when they read the beginning of your cover email but, if you actually have the background, this will work.

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