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You’ve found what seems to be the perfect job opening and you’re ready to submit your application along with a cover letter.  So, how do you go about writing the cover letter to make sure your resume and application get the attention they deserve?

Writing an effective cover letterFirst of all, what is a cover letter?   More often than not, rather than an actual hard-copy letter, it’s an email note from you to the recruiter or Human Resources Department of the actual employer.  In most cases it is accompanied by your resume and perhaps an application.  Often, an on-line job application process includes the ability to download your resume as well as a cover letter. [click to continue…]

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Finding yourself unexpectedly between jobs may be the ideal time to start living out your own career goals while simultaneously abandoning the quest of trying to live up to the expectations of others.

Make your own career plansPerhaps you’ve grown up in an environment in which you allowed others to dictate what your career and job goals should be.  Perhaps someone in your own family strong-armed you towards a certain job or career as a means to receive their affection or live out a dream of their own that they themselves weren’t able to fulfill. [click to continue…]

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You have successfully passed the early stages in your candidacy for a new job.   Whew!  Just the references remain.  You’re pretty certain that your former associates will say good things about you.  So, there’s nothing to worry about.   Right?  Well, maybe or maybe not.

Ed Fry, President of FaithSearch Partners

Ed Fry, President of FaithSearch Partners

Reference checking is a common component of most search processes conducted by businesses themselves or through an executive search firm retained to recruit leaders for key positions.  It also is often one of the final steps taken before a candidate is selected for a position and as such, there is a tendency to treat this function as a formality – both on the part of the candidate and the executive recruiter.  Through years of experience and quite a bit of practice, I have learned that this can be a mistake for both parties. [click to continue…]

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An effective job search needs help from all sides to be successful.  Make sure you aren’t overlooking one powerful source of assistance.

An army of prayer warriersThere are literally thousands of articles, books, podcasts, webinars, videos and seminars that provide guidance and tips for job seekers.  Just type in the term “Job search tips,” using your favorite search engine and be prepared for thousands and millions of responses.  Just now I performed this search and in only 0.40 seconds about 771,000,000 results popped up (yes, that’s 771 million).  It’s amazing when you thing about it! [click to continue…]

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You may have felt largely in control while carrying out the duties of your most recent job.  If you had a supervisory position you probably controlled the time and activities of others.

Out of Control in Your Job SearchHowever, now that your circumstances have changed, you may feel anything but in control of your life, particularly as it relates to your job search.

You may feel that loss of control because: [click to continue…]

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