Q&A: Are Cover Letters Still Relevant?

  Q. Most online job boards seem to only want a copy of my resume, but some postings require a cover letter and others make them optional. A cover letter takes a lot of thought and time. Does it really matter? -DL A. Over the years, I’ve often had similar doubts–mainly because I’ve seen so…… Continue reading Q&A: Are Cover Letters Still Relevant?

This is Not the Time for Generic Resumes: Customize

By Haley Lyles Setting out on a job hunt can be daunting. Depending on how widely you cast your net, you may find hundreds of job opportunities that each have different application requirements. Some jobs have lengthy application forms, cover letter requirements and even skills tests. After completing all of these time-consuming tasks, it can…… Continue reading This is Not the Time for Generic Resumes: Customize

What It Takes to Get That Job After Graduation?

By Chris Komisarjevsky No doubt, there are rising seniors at colleges and universities throughout the country – including some set to graduate next semester or even next year – who are asking themselves: “What career is right for me? And how am I going to get the job I want?” There’s no simple answer. Competition…… Continue reading What It Takes to Get That Job After Graduation?

Are You Ready if Opportunity Comes Knocking?

There’s no better time to prepare for a job search than now. Experts suggest that more job opportunities will be available in 2017 than at any point in the past decade. Are you ready if opportunity comes knocking? While the profession and academic programs continue to produce more PR talent than can be fully absorbed, gone are…… Continue reading Are You Ready if Opportunity Comes Knocking?

Optimize Your Job Search and Resume

Job hunters not getting traction in their searches must think through a lot of potential issues—including the possibility they are applying for jobs for which they aren’t entirely qualified or resumes that don’t sync up with what employers are seeking. With agencies receiving up to 700 resumes for some openings, recruiters tell me the vast…… Continue reading Optimize Your Job Search and Resume

Resume Not Getting Attention? Resist ‘Creativity’

Shortly after urging recent graduates to stick to a standard resume format, along comes a breakthrough resume that makes job seekers think they, too, should abandon traditional resumes. I admit being impressed by Sumukh Mehta’s incredibly creative resume, a 20-page magazine-like resume that landed him an internship at British GQ–without an interview. Over the past…… Continue reading Resume Not Getting Attention? Resist ‘Creativity’

Now Is Best Time of Year to Search for a Job

Now is the best time for job hunting (and hiring), according to reference checking firm Allison & Taylor. Based on the company’s research, there are better and worse times to start your search for a new job. Best Months to Search: September to Thanksgiving January to April (to Easter) Worst (Slow) times for Searching: Early Summer…… Continue reading Now Is Best Time of Year to Search for a Job

Select References Wisely and Prep Them

When selecting your references for job applications, two words of advice: choose wisely. You had better assume that potential employers will, indeed, contact these parties and that your former supervisors will likely be at the top of the list – even if you haven’t voluntarily offered up their names on your application. If you are…… Continue reading Select References Wisely and Prep Them

5 Things Spell-Check Won’t Catch in Your Resume

With many big agencies receiving hundreds of resumes for every job opening, it’s safe to say that the PR scene is a competitive one. Candidates need some killer resume-writing skills to make the most from every time a recruiter decides to check their profiles. After all, a resume shows many things – your personality, attention to detail,…… Continue reading 5 Things Spell-Check Won’t Catch in Your Resume

Entry-Level Resumes Should be One Page Only

In the past few days, I have been asked the same question by three readers: “Does a resume have to be kept to one page?” In a weak moment, I told one active student that she could get away with more than a page—but I later had second thoughts and decided to check with several…… Continue reading Entry-Level Resumes Should be One Page Only