Thank You Notes

While resumes and cover letters get the attention, thank-you notes often get results. That's right. Sending thank-you notes makes both good manners and good job search sense. When used properly, thank-you notes can help you build on the positive impression you created during your interview or phone discussion. They can help make you more memorable to hiring managers. And they might even sway a hiring manager who is on the fence to include you in the next round of interviews.

Be Sure Your Objective Is Clear

Your contacts and employer prospects are often extremely busy. They will appreciate it if you give them a resume they can quickly skim to gather essential information. Right from the top, be sure that it is easy for your readers to understand who you are, what you are good at, and what you want to do. One way to accomplish this is by leading off your resume with an Objective statement. If you choose this format, be specific A vaguely worded resume is of no help to readers, and it doesn't add...

Changing Jobs and Careers Is Often Healthy

Most of us were told from an early age that each career move must be up, involving more money, responsibility, and prestige. However, research indicates that people change careers for many other reasons as well. In a survey conducted by the Gallup Organization for the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, 44 percent of the working adults surveyed expected to be in a different job within three years. Yet only 41 percent had a definite plan to follow in mapping out their...

Dale Gelman

Phone (203) 549-0929 cell (203) 303-1276 e-mail DALE SNET.NET residence 459 ELM STREET NORTH GUILFORD, CT mailing address P.O. BOX 750 MADISON, CT 06443-0750 Ms. Chris Andenoro District Manager Cintas Services 75 Shoreline Industrial Park Branford, CT 06473 Opening paragraph (first line of each paragraph indented) Paragraph of relevant, compelling information Paragraph of relevant, compelling information Style adapted to match Contemporary Resume template in Microsoft Word. Text font Garamond,...

Experience

Production Welder, 1 05-6 05 (temporary position) Nutmeg Medical, New Haven, CT Completed 80-hour weld training program to meet stringent FDA requirements for the fabrication of healthcare equipment. Delivered high volume of top-quality work, welding 55 beds a day and averaging 15 seconds per weld. Shop Foreman Mechanic Welder, 1995-2005 Short Line Construction, Branford, CT Managed projects and crew to keep railroad construction company fully productive and operating smoothly. Scheduled and...

Experience And Achievements

Mortgage Lenders of Ohio, Lebanon, OH 2003 Present Manage fast pace of loan applications and office operations for branch of established mortgage firm. Interact extensively with clients both by telephone and face to face, gathering and recording personal and credit information to complete the loan application process. Schedule and attend closings. Accountable for timely submission of completed loan applications and supporting documents. Keep mortgage process on track and moving forward through...

FollowUp Letters After an Interview

You might wish to send follow-up correspondence after an interview to solve an employer's problem, present a proposal or an idea, or reinforce the case for hiring you. Earlier in this chapter you saw some examples of letters and notes that were sent following an interview, whether or not it was for an available opening. Remember, you want to stay in contact with people who might be able to hire you in the future even if they cannot now. A good way to keep the connection going is to present a...

Format for Readability Impact and Clarity

Good design not only improves the appearance of your resume, it makes your resume more readable, draws attention to the most important information, and guides the reader from one section to the next so that key information can be picked up in a quick skim. With word-processing software, formatting options are endless. However, that doesn't mean you have to include an endless number of design elements or formatting enhancements in your resume. Keep in mind that your resume is a business document...

How You Can Use Them

You can use a JIST Card in many ways, including the following Attached to your resume or application Enclosed in a thank-you note Given to your friends, relatives, and other contacts so they can give them to other people Sent out to everyone who graduated from your school or who are members of a professional association Posted on the supermarket bulletin board In electronic form as an e-mail or e-mail attachment We are not kidding about finding JIST Cards on windshields or bulletin boards. They...

Info

94 Old River Road Northford, CT 06472 sylvia_brock snet.net Vice President, Sales & Operations Micro-Solution Company 245 Peabody Street Hamden, CT 06517 I am so glad that I called you this morning, and I do appreciate your very helpful ideas. I have a call in to John McManus and will let you know how that goes and I am pleased to send along my resume in advance of our meeting next week. As I mentioned, my background includes high-level customer and account management experience as well as...

Job Proposals

In some cases, you could submit a much more comprehensive proposal that would essentially justify your job. If a job opening were available, you could submit an outline of what you would do if hired. If no job is available, you could submit a proposal that would create a job and state what you would do to make it pay off. In writing such a proposal, it is essential that you be specific in telling an employer what you would do and what results these actions would bring. For example, if you...

Key Points Chapter

Here's a summary of the key points of this chapter Send thank-you notes to everyone you meet with and everyone who has helped you during your job search. Send your thank-you notes immediately within 24 hours of your meeting. For a post-interview note, take the opportunity to build on points made during your meeting. Remind your reader why you are a great fit for the job or the organization. Use quick notes as informal communications with people you know or people you've met. Create and use JIST...

Letters of Reference

To supplement your list of telephone and e-mail references, we suggest you request previous employers and other references to write a letter that you can submit to others when asked. Again, we do not recommend that you provide references or other supplemental information unless you have been asked. If the letters of reference are positive, the advantages are clear. If a letter is negative or so-so, at least you now know that there is a problem with this reference. Depending on the situation,...

List of References

Once employers begin to get serious, they may want to contact your references as part of their final screening process. To make this easier for them, we suggest that you prepare a list of people to contact. This list should include the complete name, title, organization, address, e-mail and phone number for each reference. You should include information about how each person knows you. For example, indicate that Ms. Rivera was your immediate supervisor for two years. If you have any question...

Maintenance Mechanic

A true handyman, mechanically inclined and extremely versatile, with more than 20 years of experience successfully handling a wide range of maintenance functions. Creative, quick, and resourceful in troubleshooting problems and finding solutions that minimize cost and downtime without sacrificing safety. Professional in workmanship and work ethic. Mechanical Systems Welding & Fabricating Plant Maintenance Gas Metal Arc Welding (Mig) Hydraulics & Pumps Plant Modifications Electrical...

Pdf

Adobe's Portable Document Format (.pdf) is a helpful means of converting your file to a graphic that can easily be opened and read by anyone who downloads Adobe's free Acrobat Reader from www.adobe.com. The advantage to this format is that your page layout remains intact and you don't have to worry about matching up word-processing programs with employers. A downside is that the graphic format is not readable as a text file into resume storage systems, and it is a little more awkward for...

Prior Experience

Manager of Financial Reporting, Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995-1997 Fixed Asset Accountant, GPA Packaging, Detroit, Michigan, 1994-1995 Cost Budget Accountant, Vinyl Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, 1991-1994 EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION B.S. Accounting, 1991 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan CPA certification, 1991 Comments For a marketing and sales professional, this resume uses the challenge-action-results (CAR) format to tell relevant success stories. 29-A Primrose...

Professional Experience

PLANET INDUSTRIES, INC., Detroit, Michigan, 1997-Present Global manufacturer of plastic films, aluminum extrusions, and vinyl extrusions. Accounting Manager, 2002-Present Pant Start-up, Evanston, Illinois Established all financial systems and controls for new manufacturing operation. Provided financial oversight during growth to 60 million in annual sales, with monthly operating budget of 700K. Spearheaded project to implement MRP II system. Oversaw in-house customization of software, system...

Resume Books

If you want more help than the resume overview this chapter provides, we suggest you consider one or more of the following books by the authors Same-Day Resume Similar in format and approach to 15-Minute Cover Letter and another part of the Help in a Hurry series, this book is brief, with helpful resume advice and good examples (Michael Farr, JIST Publishing). The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book More thorough advice, with a same-day resume section followed by tips on writing more...

Step Do Well in Interviews

No matter how you get an interview, once you are there, you will have to create a good impression Even if your resume is one of the 10 best ever written. Even if you have the best of credentials. Even if you really want the job. Tip One study indicated that, of those who made it as far as the interview (many others were screened out before then), about 40 percent created a bad first impression, mostly based on their dress and grooming. First impressions count, and if you make a bad one, your...

Step Follow Up on All Contacts

People who follow up with potential employers and with others in their network get jobs faster than those who do not. This is another principle that seems too simple to be so important, but it is true. As we discussed in chapter 4, we recommend that you send a thank-you note to every person who helps you in your job search, and that you do so immediately within 24 hours of speaking with that person. It is important that you develop a system to keep track of who helped you, when you contacted...

Step Get Two Interviews a

The average job seeker gets about five interviews a month fewer than two interviews a week. Yet many job seekers using the techniques we suggest routinely get two interviews a day. But to accomplish this, you must first redefine what an interview is (see below). With this definition, it is much easier to get interviews. You can now interview with all kinds of potential employers, not just those who have job openings. Many job seekers use the Yellow Pages to get two interviews with just one hour...

Three Ways to Improve Your Resume

The issues we see most often in ineffective resumes relate to clarity, focus, relevance, and appearance. Our advice to counteract these problems is quite simple 1. Be sure your objective is clear. 2. Highlight your achievements. 3. Format for readability, impact, and clarity. In the following sections, we explore these areas of advice in more detail and provide samples that illustrate each point. And so that you can improve your resume in about 15 minutes, we've created an exercise for each...

Work Experience

Software Design Programming Testing Technical Support Technical curiosity satisfaction in operating behind the scenes to make things work Strong analytical, design, programming, and math skills Teamwork experience and record of working effectively on both group and individual projects Proven abilities to set and achieve goals, devise effective solutions, and defend opinions firmly and professionally BS Computer Science Minor in Math 2005 University of California at Berkeley Senior Design...

Unsolicited Letters Requesting an Interview or Other Assistance

We want to discourage you from sending out unsolicited letters as a primary technique. Even though many job search books recommend sending out lots of unsolicited resumes and cover letters, the evidence is overwhelming that this method does not work for most people. Doing the same thing on the Internet often results in the same outcome. The rare exception is if your skills are very much in demand. We do think that sending a letter or e-mail to people with whom you share a common bond, such as...

Three Times When You Should Definitely Send Thank You Notesand

Thank-you notes have a more intimate and friendly social tradition than formal business correspondence. I think that is one reason they work so well people respond to those who show good manners and say thank you. Here are some situations when you should use them, along with some sample notes. In some situations, you can send a less formal note before an interview, usually by e-mail unless the interview is scheduled for a fairly distant future date. For example, you can simply thank someone for...

Step Know Where and How to Look for Job Leads

One survey found that about 85 percent of all employers don't advertise their job openings. They hire people they know, people who find out about the jobs through word of mouth, or people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. While the Internet has changed how some employers find people, getting a solid lead is still too often a matter of luck. But the good news is that, by using the right techniques, you can learn to increase your luck in finding job openings. Traditional Job...

Adapt Your Resume for Electronic Transmission

Because so much business correspondence takes place electronically, it is important that you be able to use your resume appropriately for e-mail, online applications, and other electronic methods. There are several different formats you can use, each with its advantages and limitations. This is the standard word-processing format that is used by most businesses. It is important that you be able to send your resume in MS Word (.doc) format for easy opening and viewing by your recipients. If you...

More Sample Thank You Notes

Following are a few more samples of thank-you notes and letters. They cover a variety of situations and will give you ideas on how to structure your own correspondence. Notice that they are all short and friendly, and typically mention that the writer will follow up in the future a key element of a successful job search campaign. Also note that several are following up on interviews where no specific job opening exists yet. As we've mentioned elsewhere in this book, getting interviews before a...

Step Identify Your Skills

An effective career plan requires that you know your skills. If you have not spent time on this issue, we strongly suggest that you do. It is very important for both planning your career and for presenting yourself effectively throughout the job search. Most job seekers cannot answer the question, Why should I hire you The consequence of not being able to answer that question, as you might guess, is that your chances of getting a job offer are greatly reduced. Knowing your skills, therefore,...

Nine Quick Tips for Writing Thank You Notes

Here are some brief tips to help you write your thank-you notes. 1. Decide Whether E-mail or Snail Mail Makes More Sense Consider the timing involved and the formality of the person and organization you're sending it to. If you need to get a letter out quickly because it has to arrive before an interview that's coming up soon, or if it's a thank-you note after an interview and you know the employer will be making a decision soon, then e-mail is your best bet. Use regular mail if there's no rush...

Profile

Record of top performance in demanding, high-volume customer-service roles. Strengths in organization, time management, and the development of efficient processes. Expert project management including meticulous note-taking and persistent follow-through. Customer-service orientation and effective communications skills at all levels. Impeccable record of attendance, timeliness, and dependability.

Quick Notes vs Formal Cover Letters

Most of this book addresses how to write the formal cover letters that will accompany your resume on most occasions. Earlier we mentioned that a quick note can take the place of a cover letter and be just as effective. A quick note or e-mail message can be sent, along with your resume, to a friend or network contact after a conversation. A quick note can accompany a newspaper article or other item that you send to someone you know or someone you've met with. Quick notes are informal and short....

Comtech

2525 Technology Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45207 I look forward to meeting with you next week John has told me so many interesting things about you, it will be a pleasure to meet you in person Before our meeting, I am providing my resume, as you requested, and a bit of background that explains my current career direction. Since 2002, I have completed my MCSE, MCP I, and A certifications and am well on my way to completing the Windows Server 2003 component of the MCSE. What sets me apart from others...

Sarah T Rubin

206-849-3456 Home 206-300-2379 Mobile Sample Cover Letter 2 Pre-Interview, No Specific Job Opening Darryl Poston Comments This letter illustrates how the writer has built upon a casual in-person meeting to initiate a formal discussion about future career options. Although no job opening exists, he is wise in assuming that there will be one in the future. He is planting the seeds to be first in line when an opening does occur. Not only that, he is strengthening his professional network and...

Louise M Kursmark

PART OF JIST'S HELP IN A HURRY SERIES 2005 by Michael Farr and Louise M. Kursmark Published by JIST Works, an imprint of JIST Publishing, Inc. 8902 Otis Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46216-1033 Phone 1-800-648-JIST Fax 1-800-JIST-FAX E-mail info jist.com Visit our Web site at www.jist.com for information on JIST, free job search tips, book chapters, and ordering instructions for our many products For free information on 14,000 job titles, visit www.careeroink.com. Quantity discounts are available for...

Highlight Your Achievements

Consider this When you write a job description in your resume, you are writing about the duties, tasks, and responsibilities that are assigned to anyone holding that particular job. In fact, anyone holding that job could have the identical paragraph on their resume How different it is when you write about the achievements that are unique to you. Not only do you customize your resume, but you also communicate to a future employer that you performed your job effectively not just what you were...

Senior Sales Executive----794 Yahoo.ca Hotmail.com 2011

Comments Diane was unable to find out more about the company or the opportunity because this was a blind ad. However, she knew that it was in the real-estate management industry, so she highlighted her strong, relevant experience in her cover letter. News Box 759-B Omaha News-Record 2525 Elm Street Re Administrative Assistant Real Estate Management Company Your current opening sounds tailor-made for my experience in challenging administrative accounting roles with ABC Properties. Managing...

Writing Your JIST Card

A JIST Card is small, so it can't contain many details. It should list only the information that is most important to employers. To write your card, follow these steps 1. Type your name at the top of the card. You can center it and use bold text to make it stand out, as you would on a resume. 2. Give two ways for the employer to contact you. Space down a few lines and left-align this information. Generally, all you will need to include is your daytime phone number or cell phone number and your...

Sample JIST Cards

The following sample JIST Cards use a plain format, but you can make them as fancy as you want. So be creative. Look over the examples to see how they are constructed. Some are for entry-level jobs and some are for more advanced ones. Note JIST Cards are harder to write than they look. The foundation for a JIST Card is an effective resume. Be sure to check out chapter 5 for quick ways to improve your resume, then create your JIST Cards and use them by the score. They work, but only if they are...

JIST Card Paper and Format Tips

Many office-supply stores have perforated light card-stock sheets to run through your computer printer. These will then tear apart into 3 x 5 inch cards. Many word-processing programs have templates that allow you to format a 3 x 5 inch card size. You can also use regular-size light card stock available at office-supply stores print several cards on a sheet, and cut it to the size you need. Print shops can also photocopy or print them in the size you need. Get a few hundred at a time. They are...