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Cover letters that stand out

Cover Letters That Stand Out | TheBigGameHunterTV

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I’m adding an extra twist to what you may be doing with your cover letter that will help you standout from the pack

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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To Whom Do You Address Your Cover Letter? (VIDEO)

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This is a trick question. Let me explain why.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

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.

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Three Cover Letter Rules | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses three rules for writing cover letters you must employ.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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Do Recruiters Read Cover Letters?

Do Recruiters Read Cover Letters? (VIDEO)

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Things have changed since the days of old and now hope someone questions whether recruiters actually read cover letters. Here is my answer.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Great Cover Letters (VIDEO)

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In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter Offers two different approaches to writing effective cover letters.

 

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

What is The Best Way to Start a Cover Letter? (VIDEO)

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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. 

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Cover Letter or No Cover Letter?

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Should you use a cover letter?

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Cover letter or no letter? Should you use a cover letter?

The fact is they cover letters are anachronistic if you think of it, what a cover letter was was something that was placed on top of the resume to explain to the reader what they were going to be reading. It explained what you did and how you did it and it preceded the resume.

We’re not dealing with that these days. We’re not receiving resumes delivered to us through the mail these days. We’re sending emails so the notion of putting something on top doesn’t work anymore. Some people even make the mistake of sending them as a second attachment. No one opens it up. They look for the document file name and lets them know that that one is your resume.

What do you do instead? I do believe that there is a place for you to explain to a reader what it is they will be reading.

What I want you to do is use the message area of your email like the old cover letter. In effect, that covers your resume.

Instead of saying the Monday of, “I’m forwarding my resume to you for the position of such and such (That’s paragraph one). Paragraph two says, “I believe my experience with such and such demonstrates my… You know are going with this.” These things don’t say anything and no one cares about them.

Here is what you do instead.

Start off with the same introduction and then continue on by saying, “let me show you how my background fits with the role.”

If saw an ad or been told by someone about the position, you put those qualifications in the left-hand column. In the right column, you tell them how long and how recently you’ve done that which they are looking for. In other words, you’re making it obvious to them in your “cover email” how your background fits the role. Follow that?

You can go into a little bit of detail. This is the one time I believe you should use tables in presenting credentials; not in the resume but in the cover email because you can make the fit obvious to the reader.

The final paragraph says, “if I haven’t heard from you in a few days, I will give you a quick call to see if you have any questions or whether you would like to arrange for an interview.”

It’s very simple! It also gives you permission to follow up because you giving yourself permission to follow up.

It forces you to do a little bit of work by forcing you to demonstrate how the background actually fits the requirements of the position but it will go a long way toward helping you actually get in the door.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with 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

Should I Use a Video Cover Letter to Stand Out?

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Video cover letters are a growing trend. Should you use one as part of your job hunting?

 

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The question is – – should I use a video cover letter to stand out?

Like many things, the answer may be yes or no… I don’t have enough information in your case to go hard and fast rule but let me summarize my thinking.

Most of you are not great actors or actresses. You think you are but most of you actually stink. Many years ago, when video, was a new phenomena, I received a video from a job hunter who read his resume in front of a blue backdrop.

It was the most boring treatise imaginable.

Most of you don’t talk to the camera well; you can read the speech but do you think that’s going to be exciting for someone? If you sat in the audience of the theater and someone read to you (I’m going to pick something up and read to you exactly is on the piece of paper and every once in a while looked up), is that interesting for you to listen to?No. Does any personality come through? No.

It really depends on who you are and how well you communicate.

There are many people that are sensational communicators; they have a lot of energy and passion; they can deliver a cover letter that speaks to the listener and grabs their attention. They have the ability to say, “This is how you describe the job and the experience that you’re looking for. This is what I have done.” They can do it so well that the phone will ring before the video is over.

Then there is most of you who will write a speech, you’ll tape it to your monitor, or you’ll be holding your phone there in front of you, and will be looking at the camera and then looking down at what you wrote, and look at the camera and what you wrote, and you’re going to be awful.

The right answer is going to be the one that is right for you; I don’t want to give a general rule but the reality is most people are atrocious in front of the camera because you’re not well practiced enough.

I’ve done more than 2000 YouTube videos; I host podcasts; I’m relatively glib. I spent most of my career as a headhunter where nothing is prepared in advance and every conversation is different.

Most of you don’t have that kind of experience and, if you do, have not learned how to translate that experience to be in front of the camera. The result is you are far better writing than you are in person.

That’s the general statement. Now, let me add an extra layer.

Unfortunately, in this world, there was a lot of discrimination. By letting someone see you, you open yourself up to it and to mockery.

You can mark before wearing this coach hat and that’s fine but if you’re out there looking for a job and someone is watching your video and says, “was with that Coach hat he’s wearing,” or, “was with that shirt he’s got on,” or, “she comes across like an idiot,” they are not evaluating for who you are and what you know, they are distracted by something. That’s my other reluctance.

Unless you have a great delivery that is completely captivated, you expose yourself on the basis of bias to unnecessary rejection.

As a result, using a video cover letter can work or not work; you have to know yourself well enough to answer whether it can work for you.

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with 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 http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter