Sunday, 31 July 2016

What Makes You an Alpha Candidate before Interviewers? (Part-2)




Job-Friendly Cover Letter Tips

In my first article in this series (part-1) I disclosed the importance of cover letter and some valuable tips on how to write it effectively. Now in the second part of this series I’m going to testify what virtual thinking, points of attention and professional standards are required before writing a cover letter that makes you an alpha candidate before the interviewers.

Need not to say cover letter is your door opening tool that should be ready, handy and versatile with the line of reasoning. Here are some facts that can hardly be ignored.

1.  Become a sales person

Think of yourself as a sales person when you are writing your cover letter. Think about it as your sales letter, in which you need to convince someone to buy a product. The product here is you, and if you focus on the benefits that they can enjoy in hiring you, then you can increase your chances of being selected.

2.  Imagine that you are the employer

After writing your cover letter, set it aside for a couple of days, and research more about your potential employer. When you read it again, try to pretend that you are the employer, and see if the letter would be able to impress you. If it can, then it is a sign that you can submit it for the job application soon.

3.  You cover letter should be addressed to a specific person.

Starting your cover letter with Dear Sir or Dear Manager is not something that can impress the employer. With that, you have to do your best to find out about the name of the person that you should address it to. By doing that, you are making it more personal, which can score some great points with your employer.

4.  Do not forget to use a good introduction

The first sentence of your cover letter should be something that can grab the reader’s attention. Keep in mind that your employer can be reading hundreds of resumes and cover letters each day. Thus, if you can’t grab his attention through your letter’s first sentence, then he may not be able to give your letter and your resume a closer look.

5.  Let your employer know what you can do for him

Do not forget the fact that an employer is looking for someone to hire, in order for that employee to provide something to the company. In other words, you should let him know how the company can benefit in hiring you, so that you can have the chance of being hired. Do your research, and indicate what skills and talents you have that the company can benefit from, so that you would improve your chances.

6.  Be aware of the common mistakes of generic cover letters.

When you have a generic form of a cover letter, in most cases, you only need to edit certain details to it, such as the date, the name that you are addressing it to, and such. However, this is actually one of the things that can make you commit a mistake in submitting it. If you forget to change these details, then you cannot expect your potential employer to call you for an interview. Thus, you should refrain from using these types of cover letters, so that you can prevent such mistakes to happen.

7.  Express your long term interest in the job you are applying for

In preparing your cover letter, you need to let your potential employer get the idea that you are interested in working for him for a long term engagement. Keep in mind that most employers do not want to go through a hiring process all the time. Thus, if you can subtly express your long term interest, then you would be able to improve your chances for it.

8.  Imagine what your employer is thinking

In order to have a very effective cover letter, you should imagine what the reader is thinking when you are writing it. In most cases, your employer would be thinking about why he should be hiring you. Thus, make sure that your letter provides him the reasons to hire you, so that he would do so.

9.  Your unique selling proposition

Some people have no clue about the most important thing that they have to include in the cover letter. It is actually your unique selling proposition. This is where you need to let your potential employer know why you are a better choice for them to make, than the other applicants for the job.

10.    Leave the ball in your potential employer’s court

In writing and submitting your cover letter, think of it as your action, in which your reader would have to react to. With that, you should come up with a letter that has a call to action. In other words, before ending it, state that you are requesting for an interview. Aside from that, you can also be proactive and state that you are going to make a follow up by giving them a call.

What do you think your talent or your personality should be focused on cover letter?

If you want to read part-1 article too, Simply click here.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

10 Cover Letter Tips To Be Called For Interview (Part-1)


Things to remember when you write cover letter


In applying for a job, you need to know what a cover letter is so that you would be able to recognize its importance. The cover letter is actually the same as the letter of application, letter of introduction, as well as a transmittal letter. It is a letter that should always accompany the applicant’s resume, since not too many employers would consider an application without it.
Here are 10 tips on how you can create your cover letter effectively-
1.  Read your cover letter several times
Prior to submitting your cover letter along with your resume, you should read it a good number of times. This is to ensure that you have already indicated all the necessary information in it. Aside from that, it can also help you condition your mind well if you get interviewed.
2.  Do not forget to check for punctuation and grammar
One of the things that can turn off an employer is when he reads a cover letter that has incorrect grammar and punctuation. Thus, you should not forget checking it for these couple of things. Keep in mind that aside from becoming familiar of the rules in using punctuations, you can also use tools on the web, as well as on your computer, which can help you check on your grammar.
3.  Keep your letter straight to the point
Do not use a lot of word fillers when it comes to writing your cover letter. Make sure that it is direct to the point, so that your employer won’t have to spend a lot of time in reading it. Keep in mind that aside from reading your cover letter, he also needs to read your resume. Aside from that, he may also have a lot of other cover letters and resumes he needs to check from the other applicants.
4.  Make sure the information in your letter is consistent
You need to ensure that the information that you indicate in your cover letter is in line with the data you have in your resume. Keep in mind that some statements can become misleading. In other words, it can mean a different thing to the employer from what you are trying to say. Thus, make sure that your statements are clear.
5.  Focus on more important information
When you write your cover letter, you should be aware of the information that your potential employer is looking for. By doing that, you would have better guidance in writing your cover letter. When you focus on more important information, you would be able to come up with a cover letter that is not too long.
6.  Do your research
Writing your cover letter should only be done once you have gathered enough information about the position that you are applying for. This would guide you in indicating the data in your cover letter that would be useful for your potential employer. Aside from that, it can also increase your chances in getting interviewed.
7.  Highlight your skills and experiences
It is necessary to highlight your skills and experiences when you write your cover letter. This is to make the employer realize how qualified you are for the job. Make sure that the experiences and skills you include are related to the position you are applying for, so that they would make sense.
8.  Make sure that you are qualified for the position
Before deciding to write your cover letter, you need to make sure that you are qualified for the position first. This is to ensure that you won’t be wasting your time in composing your cover letter, as well as submitting it to the employer. Check what experiences, talents, and skills the employer is looking for, and see if you have them.
9.  Use the cover letter to explain certain things
In some cases, there are items in your resume that your potential employer may question. For example, if there are certain gaps in your employment history, then the employer may wonder what happened, or what you were doing during those times when you were out of job. You can take advantage of your cover letter to explain such things.
10.  Let your cover letter reflect your personality
Different individuals have different ways of writing a cover letter. When you write yours, it is best if you can write it in a way that it lets the employer get a glimpse of your own personality. By doing that, it can increase your chances of getting interviewed; especially if the employer realizes that he wants to know you better.
Are you your cover letter’s biggest fan?

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Go Mega Job Fair To Earn Your Dynamic Job

Sell Your Talent In Mega Job Fair


The Ministry of Labour and Employment is implementing the National Career Service (NCS) Project as a mission mode project, by transforming the national employment service, to provide a host of career-related services such as dynamic job matching, career counseling, job notifications, vocational guidance, information on skill development courses, internships and alike. A national portal (www.ncs.gov.in) is operational and provides a nation-wide platform to connect job seekers and employers. 

The National Career Service, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), Saral Rozgar, Fresher's World, Uber and other partners, is hosting a Mega Job Fair at its National Institute for Career Services (NICS) Campus in Noida on 20th July 2016. Companies such as Dominos, Eureka Forbes, Uber, Muthoot Group, Holiday Inn, Manpower and many more will offer vacancies across multiple verticals for interested jobseekers.
NCS invite you to Pre-Register at the link mentioned below to participate. 

Job Fair Location Details:  

Venue: National Institute for Career Services (erstwhile CIRTES),
A-49, Sector- 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 201301.
Near IIM, Lucknow, Noida Campus. (Opposite Nokia Building)
Nearest metro station: Noida City Centre 

Date:    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016                
Time:    9 AM onwards

For Participation in the Job Fair:


Steps for Pre-Registration:
         1. Register at
www.ncs.gov.in to obtain your NCS ID.  
         2. Fill in the registration form at-
http://www.ncs.gov.in/Pages/jobfair.aspx  to register yourself for the Job Fair.

How to register on National Career Service Portal

 




Selection Procedure: On the spot interviews and selection

Documents Required:
         a) Latest CV/Resume
         b) Cover Letter
         c) Colour Passport size photos
         d) ID Proof  
         e) Educational Certificates:
10th/12th/Diploma/Certificates/Graduation/Post Graduation  
         f) Experience documents (if any)
Note: Please bring originals and adequate number of photocopies of the aforementioned documents.

For any queries you can contact the NCS Toll Free Number 1800-425-1514. We look forward to see you at the Job Fair on the 20th July 2016 at our NICS Campus in Noida. 


What do you think this fair is bit different as it’s a place for you to sell something not to purchase?
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