Avoid ‘To Whom It May Concern’

Last week, a friend who runs an advertising agency in Chicago passed along a letter from a soon-to-graduate senior. Even though the job seeker apparently took the time to figure out the email address for the agency head, her cover letter opened with “To Whom It May Concern” rather than his name. In addition to the…… Continue reading Avoid ‘To Whom It May Concern’

In a Job Search and Elsewhere, Proofread. And Proofread Again.

Q. I tried to speed up my job search by modifying form letters to a number of agencies, but I forgot to change the original agency name within the 20 emails I sent to other agencies. So far, I have only heard from a couple firms and they didn’t mention anything about this mistake. Should…… Continue reading In a Job Search and Elsewhere, Proofread. And Proofread Again.

Avoid ‘Teaser’ Emails in Job Search

  Several hiring managers have asked me to encourage job seekers to stop sending “teaser emails.”  These are short messages containing few details, but almost always seeking an opportunity to meet in person. Agencies receive hundreds of quality resumes each month, so some hiring managers speculate that applicants leave resumes off their email inquiries in hopes…… Continue reading Avoid ‘Teaser’ Emails in Job Search

Cover Letter Can Help or Kill Job Chances

  A friend asked me to review her resume this week.  It was excellent.  She then sent it to a prospective employer and bcc’d me.  Despite a great resume, I doubt if she gets called for an interview since the cover letter contained at least three glaring typos.  Cover letters simply need to be short, to the point and…… Continue reading Cover Letter Can Help or Kill Job Chances