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Cover letters…Are they obsolete?

In this new season of automation, the rise of e-commerce shutting down traditional retail stores, it seems that some of the younger generation thinks that some manual processes are obsolete. Like an old computer, the new generation want to toss out some of the old career processes and tools when they do not understand the real reasons they have been in place. We also have corporations who have embraced technology to make their lives easier as well.

The picture of a human resources clerk reviewing resumes and cover letters physically has now been replaced by applicant tracking systems. Although, the advances in technology help human resources officers and decision makers to gain efficiency when processing potential candidates for an open position, it doesn’t give the job/career applicants permission to become lazy in the job or career search process. Just like I emphasize on having your resume work for you in the job market, your cover letter is no different.

Here are three reason your cover letter still works to your benefit in the job market, if you have a strategically well written one for your desired position.

1. First, you must understand the purpose of your cover letter. The main purpose of your cover letter is to sell employers on the skills and qualifications on your resume. The cover letter is another career marketing tool for you to highlight the most important aspects of your experience directly correlating with the job/career opportunity you are applying. If you are look for help to create or revise your cover letters, resumes or other career tools, check out this resource to get the specific help you need for your career journey.

2. Secondly, most ATS require you to upload a copy of your resume and cover letter when applying for the job. The ATS may not accept your entire application because your cover letter is missing. I’ve also discussed with several human resource executives that refer to the applications where the cover letters are missing, gets pushed to the reject pile automatically. I would hate to know that you are feverishly applying to positions online but due to missing cover letter, you career/job opportunity goes down the drain of life. In other words, don’t be lazy! Get the cover letter done.

3. Thirdly, the quality of your cover letter can make or break your chances of even getting called in for an interview. Your cover letter is the first introduction the decision maker or human resources officer has of you. Make a tremendously positive impression by having your cover letter represent you well. If you are not sure your current cover letter is doing this for you, check out the career tools review resource, so your career tools works for you IMMEDIATELY!

6 Before your next job interview – AVOID doing these 6 things

Listen to Part 6 of the 6 Things to AVOID before or during your next job interview by Mentor Shelly #np on #SoundCloud

Listen, I know you may be nervous and jittery about your next job interview, especially if it’s for an awesome opportunity you’ve been looking forward to.

Whatever you do, please AVOID these six actions I’m about to discuss…if you have any hope of landing this job or career opportunity.

The first thing to AVOID – Being late.

The second thing to AVOID – Dressing inappropriately.

The third thing to AVOID – Bringing your phone in the interview with the ringer on.

The fourth thing to AVOID – Going to the interview not knowing anything about the company.

The fifth thing to AVOID – Being dismissive or not paying attention to the receptionists or front desk personnel.

This is the 6th and final part of the six part series. You can find the first five parts of the interview series in previous posts on the site, if this is your first time being introduced to the information. So, let’s jump right into this…

Avoid #6 Going to the interview without copies of your resumes, professional references, professional business cards or other relevant career tools.

It’s so important to have your career tools handy, especially during an interview. Keep in mind, the interviewer may not ask for it but if they do…then have them ready! Think of this interview process using your career tools as target practice…the job or career opportunity is the target and each of your career tools (resume, cover letter, thank you letter-post interview, business cards, letters of recommendation) are arrow used to hit the target.

If you don’t have your career tools, your targeted job or career opportunity may eventually slip away. Do you want career opportunities to slip away because you weren’t ready? I think not.

If you’re struggling with how well your career tools are working for you, I recommend checking out the career tools review service to assure your career tools are optimized to help you get the DREAM Career you want!

If you’re struggling with your interview process, and need additional in-depth resources to help you with your next career/job interview? Schedule an interview coaching session to obtain the “industry specific” strategy and tools to DOMINATE in your next interview or if you’re truly motivated and move at your own pace, find this resource helpful.

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2018 Monthly Career Newsletter Introduction

We appreciate you getting the FIRST edition of the MentorShelly’s Monthly Newsletter. It is created to mentor you to a better version of yourself professionally. This newsletter will address three categories: Job/Career Search Techniques, Motivational Moments and Focus on Career tools. One of the categories is featured in each issue.

MentorShelly is here to serve your career & job search needs

MentorShelly wants to hear from you about the next helpful resources I’m working on for you. Please help me…help you. What type of job or career resources you benefit you the most right now? Here’s a small list below. You are also welcomed to suggest others in the comments as well.

1. Interviewing Strategies that will land you the job you want…

2. Career & job search techniques you need when you don’t know where to start?

3. Resumes…learn 5 ways to get them in the hiring manager’s hands right away!

If you need help getting started getting your DREAM career journey started.. you can go to www.mentorshelly.com/dream-career-guide to download your FREE guide.

I’m looking forward to your feedback so I can better serve you.

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Being grateful during this Thanksgiving season

Hey there beautiful people! It’s been an awesome weekend … I know we enjoyed our #Thanksgiving holidays with the family, framily or friends….lots of great food and spending time with the ones you love.

In the preparation for the upcoming holiday season…remember to always be grateful for what you have, who we love & who loves us. As much as we love to eat…it’s the quality time we spend with people that are important to us that makes the difference.

As a special Thanksgiving Day gift to all of you, you can download my FREE D.R.E.A.M. Career Guide to help you become a  better version of yourself professionally…so you can prioritize your valuable time with the most important people in your life and be your best professional self.

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