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How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

Want your cover letter to stand out and get the dream job you want? Jessica Hagy, an artist and writer has some tips for everyone to make a cover letter interesting.

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    Write one. Your resume checks off key words and gets your information in front of someone, but it’s not enough to get you an interview. Use the power of the cover letter for your own good (or evil, if you’re applying for a job selling drugs or weapons to kids).

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      Don’t play Mad Libs. If you found a cover letter template online, odds are, so did a half million other people. Ditch the fill-in-the-blank format and tell your own story, in a way that only you can. You’ll stand out, if for no other reason than your letter isn’t completely cookie-cutter.

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        Deviate from examples. Read enough cover letters online, and you’ll begin to feel a pattern. The fake-peppy tone, the stuffy sentence structures, and the box-checking formats all blend together in a beige puddle of boring. Now, imagine it’s your job to read these things all day, and you’ll see that a little change in the format will go a long way toward making you the person who gets the interview. But seriously, no comic sans–that font makes you look worse than silly.

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          Offer something other than your desperate self on a platter. Anything that hints about that fact that you are currently selling plasma in order to pay the electric bill is not a winning tone. Talk about what you can do for the place you want to work, not about how you really need a job. Show you have more to offer than a warm body.

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            But don’t get creepy. While letting your prospective employer know you’re knowledgeable about the company, adding details about the CEO’s criminal records or the marketing manager’s recent real estate purchases isn’t advised, even though it’s sure to get the attention of your reader. Google-stalk, but don’t stalk-stalk.

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              Lead with an anecdote–not your qualifications. The cover letter complements your resume. Don’t recreate it with complete sentences in the letter, use this space to tell an opening story that humanizes you and makes you memorable.

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                And make sure you put in a little personality. You have one. It’s a major part of you. You might as well own it. Besides, people hire people they like, not resumes they like. So relax, get comfortable, and write a letter from a real person–you, not faceless a job candidate.

                One last thing: Autocorrect is a pox on all our houses. Read your letter five or six times, and before you send it, just to be safe.

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                Jessica Hagy is the author of How To Be Interesting. Her cartoons regularly appear in the New York Times, and she writes an online column for Forbes.

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                Last Updated on May 23, 2021

                10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

                10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

                Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

                Try job search apps!

                To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

                1. jobandtalent

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                  Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

                  Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

                  Download it for iOS and Android.

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                  2. Jobr

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                    This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

                    Download it for iOS.

                    3. Monster Job Search

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                      I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

                      Download it for iOS and Android.

                      4. Jobs and Career Search

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                        This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

                        Download it for iOS.

                        5. Hyper Networking Groups

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                          This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

                          Download it for iOS.

                          6. CardDrop

                          CardDrop

                            CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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                            Download it for Android and iOS.

                            7. Job Interview Questions

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                              Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                              Download it for Android.

                              8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                                This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                                Download it for Android.

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                                9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                                  Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                                  You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                                  Download this app for iOS and Android.

                                  10. HireVue

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                                    HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                                    When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                                    Download it for Android and iOS.

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