To put it simply: how can I get hired into a job that I'm way overqualified for? [more inside]
After a month and a half of unsuccessful job seeking, I'm running into the problem of applying to multiple jobs at the same institutions. Is this okay? Are there any problems I should be aware of? [more inside]
Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."? [more inside]
Dream company headhunted me a month ago for dream job(s). They were eager to get to know me the first week, and now, four weeks later, I haven't heard from them at all despite their professed interest in me and desire to get me in for an interview. This is weird because I am uniquely qualified for the jobs they're trying to fill and they sounded desperate. Given the communication history described behind the cut, what should my next steps be? [more inside]
I just realized that the contact person/potential supervisor for a job I'm applying for was in my graduating class at our tiny alma mater. This could obviously work very much in my favor, but I'm also afraid it might not for snowflakey reasons. What's the best way to approach this in my application? [more inside]
I have a tricky job-application scenario: basically, I can do all the requirements that were advertised
, but I have excellent reason to believe they expect the person in the position to semi-regularly do something my health prevents me from doing at all. How do I handle this in the application/resume process? [more inside]
Please help me with phrasing in a cover letter. [more inside]
A new role has been created within my department for which I would like to be considered. What should I keep in mind when preparing my application for this internal role, given my familiarity with the company and with the hiring managers? [more inside]
I want to apply for a job with a small organisation. This would be my third time to apply in three years. How should I approach it? [more inside]
How do I apply for my own job -- especially if my bosses are my references? [more inside]
When is it necessary to write a cover letter? [more inside]
I am having the darnedest time translating my personality into a winning cover letter to my dream job. Help! [more inside]
Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
Two dumb questions about cover letters:
1. If I really do not have the name or title of the person to whom the letter is addressed, what is the preferred salutation?
2. When applying for a part-time job, should I explain in my cover letter that my current job is also part-time, if that's unclear from my resume?
I'm applying to a job where I recently worked for 2 years. In my cover letter and statement of interest, should I refer to my former co-workers (who are much older than me) by first, last, or full name? [more inside]
I just graduated college in May with an English degree and a 3.7 GPA. I am looking for my first job. I'm looking for tips on cover letters, resumes, letters of inquiry, and perhaps fields I've overlooked. I haven't even landed an interview in my hunt so far so I'm ready to ramp this up to get some results. Extra information about my experience, my fields of interest, etc. in the paragraphs to follow. [more inside]
Asking for gf: Should I send a follow-up email, after incorrectly referring to a position as "Program Coordinator" instead of "Project Coordinator" in a recently submitted job application cover letter? [more inside]
Has this job advertisement just been worded strangely, or do they really NOT want a cover letter for a specialized job opening? [more inside]
I'm applying for an adjunct teaching position at a community college, but I only have experience with teaching elementary school students. [more inside]
If potential employees find my Flickr page and find out I have pink hair, will it hurt my chances at getting a job? [more inside]
I'd like to see examples of great cover letters, please. [more inside]
How do I "express interest" in an administrative position without sounding like an idiot/liar (eg, I love faxing) or like I have aspirations above the position (which I do)? [more inside]
Where can I find a service / program that would enable me to dynamically create resumes and cover letters? [more inside]
Last October, I applied for a library job that I really want. In December, they sent me a nice letter saying they weren't hiring anyone right then, but might relist it in 2008, and if they did, please reapply. (There are some comments that suggest they liked my application quite a bit, but that might just have been a pleasant form letter.) They've now relisted the job: how do I put my best foot forward on the reapplication? [more inside]
How should I go about applying for two jobs at the same company? Should I write two cover letters sent a few days apart, or one? And should I express more interest in the job that looks more challenging, even though I'd be perfectly happy in either? Unfortunately, there isn't time to wait for a response from the first, and it's too small a job market to ignore one.
Best way to submit resume and samples? [more inside]
I'm a computer programmer looking for a new job. What are some tips for writing the best resume and cover letter possible? [more inside]
When applying for a job from, say, a newspaper or internet classified ad, should I send my resume with references, or should I wait until I'm asked for references? I'm thinking the former is better, though it can possibly hint at a bit of desperation to get the job. Also, should I write a cover letter as a separate Word doc, or just write it in the body of the email itself?
How does one go about writing a really good cover letter without sounding like an utter wanker? [more inside]