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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Job search: Special Attention Goes a Long Way!

Erica had been searching for a job (or even just a good lead for months)! She sent out countless of resumes daily; answered online job postings, emailed them directly to recruiters and hiring managers -- yet, little responses.

I asked her, " Erica, tell me how you are conducting your job search?" What are you saying in these emails?" She replied, "Nothing. I am just sending out the resume and the cover letter attached."

I was perplexed! NOTHING!? How could this be? I could hear the frustration in her voice, but I advised Erica that although I understood she was tired of emailing 30+ people per day and obviously she was angry at the no call backs, she needed to personalize every email. I will say it again...PERSONALIZE EVERY EMAIL! (No matter how many emails you have sent out.)

Let's analyze this advice for a moment. Erica was tired, frustrated, and was desperate for any lead -- but on the receiving end of her email there was a person who had been receiving countless of resumes and was probably bored of all the submissions. The hiring manager certainly was not going to take the extra step and open the attachment of an empty email, which conveyed such lack of care. Why would the hiring manager take another look at Erica's empty email? To be nice? Sure! But, in this economy why leave it up to nice?

Make it easy for hiring managers to want to meet you. Outline in an email what is about to come in the resume and cover letter attached. Make a connection. Show you are are are real candidate who knows they will bring value to the company. The special attention will result in better results -- It sure did for Erica!

As always, if you need my advice or assistance, please email me at rvargas@creatingprints.com.

Rosa E. Vargas
Master Resume Writer
Jobsearch Consultant
Creatingprints Resume Service

Monday, July 6, 2009

Twitter Can Work as a Great Job Search Tool!

Everyone wants to know how can you use a social networking site that only allows you to communicate in 140 characters or less for a job search?!

I can understand your doubts and at first, I too was very confused and doubtful about Twitter. You really have to begin to start using it and use it well in order to fully understand the magnitude of how powerful this tool is and how it can connect you to others who may lead you to a great job or business opportunity!

You must keep in mind that the Internet is about gaining information -- Twitter is about sharing information and that is your ticket!! How you impress others and gain their respect is via the value of your tweets (messages) and via the value of your tweets, you will build your online presence and establish yourself as a pro in your industry. If someone is looking for a pro in your industry -- guess what! They will be led to you by someone who is following you, thinks you are qualified, and knows you are searching for a job!

Read my latest blog post here http://www.resume-writing.typepad.com/ and email me at rvargas@creatingprints.com if you have any questions.

Rosa E. Vargas
Certified Resume Writer
Master Resume Writer
Creatingprints Resume Service