We've all, in some way, made the mistake of not giving our cover letters the attention they deserve. Some of us tend to regurgitate the information in our resume onto the cover letter. While it's okay - and sometimes even necessary - to include some of the things listed on your resume in your cover letter, creating a carbon copy of your resume with some added fluff words won't get you anywhere. Here are some reasons why you need to spend more time on your cover letter:
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Do you waste time on your job search? If you make these mistakes, then you do. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed As a professional recruiter and career coach, I receive hundreds of resumes each week from eager job-seekers. I have noticed that some candidates are unintentionally decreasing their odds of getting an interview by not using the time they devote to their job search in the most productive manner. By sharing these top three time-wasters, hopefully my “insider” view will help you find your new role that much quicker.
Each organization has its own hiring process and, for many, that includes completing a job application in addition to submitting a resume. Many job seekers don't believe that completing a job application isn't a waste of time. Filling one out can be frustrating and time consuming since no two applications seem to be alike, but it is definitely worth the extra effort if you really want the job. Related: 5 Biggest Job Application Mistakes Employers use application forms to obtain information that may or may not be included on your resume. Some of the more common components of an application are:
Office jobs can sometimes prove to be monotonous and mundane – meaning the lure of switching off and “wasting time” can often prove to be overwhelmingly tempting. “What? Me? Wasting time?” I hear you cry. Yes, you. According to pretty accurate statistics (I think so, anyway), only 10 percent of office workers say they waste than less than 30 minutes in a working day. And let’s face it, they’re probably fibbing. In fact, the same study claims that 24 percent of people “waste” one hour of working time a day with 11 percent claiming to disregard “a few hours”. That’s not to say that “wasting time” is necessarily counterproductive (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). More research into office habits argues that 70 percent believe that office workers are now more productive than they were five years ago thanks to greater technological distractions – if that makes any sense. So, what are these mythical time-wasting distractions than can potentially make you even more productive? Here are seven major time wasters at work:
By virtue of technology, we are increasingly becoming a more efficient society and civilization. In our hands, we carry tools that can book our travel, look up a restaurant, review conference agendas, and a bazillion other functions. Sure, it has helped us be more efficient in a lot of different ways, but with the increased demands that many companies are putting on their employees, it's becoming even more imperative to work smarter and faster. The whole LEAN concept has taken root not just in manufacturing sectors, but many other businesses are adopting this model for increasing efficiency.