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To whom it may concern

If you searched for "can I use 'To Whom It May Concern' on a cover letter?" on Google, you'd quickly learn that career experts overwhelmingly recommend against it. For years, they've claimed that using a generic introduction for your cover letter like "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Sir / Madam" is one of the easier ways to sink your job prospects. However, thousands of job seekers use "To Whom It May Concern" on their cover letters and still manage to land work. So does starting your cover le...
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Job hunting in the time of coronavirus

One of America's leading providers of online career resources has reported that since COVID-19 first began affecting the US in early March, its web traffic has fallen by 53%, indicating that people aren't seeking jobs at the same rate. This fact may seem somewhat unexpected, but it makes sense — those who are still working want to hold onto their current jobs and weather out the turmoil in the economy. Meanwhile, those who've lost their jobs or had their hours cut are busy filing for unemploymen...
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Returning to the workforce

For those treading non-traditional career paths, such as stay-at-home moms, diving into a job search after being out of the workforce for a long time is daunting. This is especially true for job seekers who don't have much professional experience to begin with. If this sounds like you, you're probably in the middle of re-assembling your resume, buying new interview clothes, and getting back into the job-seeking mindset. Not to mention, you have to prepare to compete with candidates who have been...
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Skills for resume

When you write a resume, highlighting your most relevant skills is crucial if you want to impress the hiring manager. Listing all of your skills without honing in on the most applicable ones to the job you're applying to is a mistake. To make sure you're on the right track, check the job posting if you're unsure what skills are relevant to a role, and then find ones that match your own skill-set to use on your resume. There are two types of skills for a resume: hard skills and soft skills. Hard ...
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8 tips to improve your resume

A resume is essentially your professional life experience all consolidated into a single document. Upon entering the workforce, you will need a resume to apply for new jobs. This is your chance to showcase your skills to recruiters and prove why you are better qualified and well suited for the position rather than other candidates competing for the role. Regardless of the experience and skills that you currently possess, little adjustments to your resume can go along way to improving your profil...
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What to do if you’re embarrassed by a former employer (but did great work there)

Your resume (or CV) needs to accurately reflect your employment history, yet you may feel reluctant to list a previous employer to avoid embarrassment during a job interview. "If you suspect a reviewer may raise an eyebrow about something related to your background, assume that they will and address it proactively," says job search and career coach Jenny Foss. Here, she shares her top tips for deflecting attention from the source of your embarrassment and steering the conversation towards your s...
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5 better ways to talk about the 5 most common resume gaps

Gaps in your work history can make employers cautious about hiring you, yet they needn't be a stumbling block if you address them in a positive way. Most of us have taken time off work for one reason or another. And while you must be honest about a career break, it's how you explain it that matters. "With a little foresight, you can turn a potentially tricky interview situation into a masterclass in personal branding," says Sjoerd Gehring. Here, Gehring shares his top tips for using the gap...
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Research shows the best resumes and cover letters use these words and phrases (in moderation)

​Recruiters and hiring managers often receive literally hundreds of applications for a single role and are skilled at quickly scanning them to find what they're looking for. While a good resume increases your chances of being invited to interview, the definition of a "good resume" is subjective. Each recruiter is different, and their advice about what works and what doesn't can vary accordingly. With this in mind, researchers examined various resume writing tactics to determine how they're ...
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The 6 best job search lessons I learned after 10 years away

Finding suitable employment can be tough at the best of times and when you're returning to work after a lengthy career break the challenges can seem almost insurmountable. This is the situation strategic marketing executive Judy King found herself in, despite her early career success and an advanced degree in her field. Faced with the daunting prospect of competing with younger candidates and those with more recent experience and up-to-date skills, King realised she needed to make a strategic sh...
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