Saturday April 19, 2014
Saying thank you for a job interview or thanking someone who has introduced you to a connection, helped boost your career or grow your business not only shows your appreciation.
Thank you notes and email messages also help build new relationships and cement existing ones. It's always a good idea to say thank you - whenever and to whomever you can.
When you're not sure what to write, here's an A - Z list of thank you letter examples for a variety of work, employment, job search, business and career situations. There are also all-purpose thank you note examples appropriate for any occasion.
Use these examples of thank you letters, thank you notes, and thank you messages to get ideas for your own personal and professional correspondence.
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Saturday April 19, 2014
When it comes to choosing a resume format, one size doesn't fit all. There are several different types of resumes and there really isn't one best resume format, but resumes with a profile and/or a headline are the ones that are going to get noticed.
Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, or a combination resume, and, regardless of which type of resume you choose, be sure it is a customized resume - specific to the job you are interested in.
Generic resumes don't work anymore. Instead, your resume needs to clearly show the employer why you should be selected for an interview. How you name your file is important, too. Here's how to select a resume file name.
The format you send your resume in will depend on what the employer requests. You may be asked to send a PDF or a Word Document. Here's how to save your resume and how to send it to an employer.
Here's more advice on how to write a resume including choosing a type of resume, using resume templates, resume writing tips, and where to get help with resume writing.
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Friday April 18, 2014
Are you using LinkedIn to job search? Would you like to get your career on the fast track? LinkedIn is the top site for professional networking, and it's full of tools to help you make connections and find your next job.
When you're using LinkedIn, the details matter. Your profile needs to be perfect, you need to be well connected with people who can help your job search and refer you for employment. It works both ways though. The best way to use LinkedIn is to give to get. Write a recommendation, endorse a colleague or forward an introduction. The more you help your connections, the more likely they will be to help you.
If you're currently employed, it's important to be careful on LinkedIn. If you don't want your boss to know that you're seeking employment, you can hide your activity. You should also be cautious about who you let know that you're job searching.
Even if you're using LinkedIn already, it's a good idea to give your profile a makeover every now and then. It also makes sense to keep connecting, even if you're not actively job searching. The stronger your presence on LinkedIn, the better shape you'll be in for your next job search.
Here are the top 10 tips for using LinkedIn for job searching, including step by step instructions for using LinkedIn's features and tools.
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Friday April 18, 2014
Friday is always "thank you note Friday" for me. I try to take a few minutes each week to say thank you to those who have been especially helpful to me, both professionally and personally.
I like to show my appreciation and people like knowing they are appreciated - especially when they receive a real, old-fashioned, thank you note in the mail. It means that the sender actually took the time to write, in ink, to address an envelope, stick on a stamp, and mail the note.
Of course, email, LinkedIn messages, Facebook messages, and tweets work, too. However you say thank you it doesn't much time to send a thank you note or thank you email message.
It's really important to say thank you after a job interview. Sending a thank you letter is a good way to reiterate your interest in the job and to remind the interviewer why you are the best candidate for the position.
It's also a good idea to thank everyone who helped with your job search, as well as to thank those who help you at work. Thank you notes, in addition to showing your appreciation, are great networking tools. Here's information on thank you letters including who to thank and how to say thank you.
If you're not sure what to say, review sample thank you letters to get ideas and suggestions for your own letters and email messages.
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