Tag Archives: cover letter

Are Cover Letters Old School?

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At a recent breakfast meeting with HR professionals, as we waited with coffee in hand for the program to start, I asked the recruiters and hiring managers sitting at my table about their perspectives on cover letters. Here’s what I learned: If there’s something that needs to be explained—perhaps a gap in employment or why […]

How to Write a Stand-Out LinkedIn Summary

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The standard three-paragraph format for writing a LinkedIn summary is 1. Describe what you do 2. Share a few attributes 3. Have a call to action (“I’m looking for a new role…” or “Feel free to connect with me…”). I encourage more personality in LinkedIn profiles. Especially because increasingly hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn […]

Try On The Hiring Manager’s Hat

Try on the hiring manager's hat

In talking with a couple of hiring managers this week, we got on the topic of marketing materials. I heard the good, the bad and the ugly. The good?  A cover letter from an under-qualified candidate that landed him an interview. You see, he’d done his homework and realized that his background in construction operations […]