Career Books 2017

Career Software

Get Your Job Application Noticed


There is no way for you to know how many other people are applying for a given job. Rather than focusing on that, pay attention to ways to get your job application noticed. You can take a wonderful example of a cover letter and modify it to fit your qualifications, your passions, and the job description. You want the person reading it to be excited to schedule an interview!

As you look through various examples, you can get a feel for the right way to format and to create your own product. You need it to talk about your objectives and your preferences. The style should be one that covers your personality as well as your integrity. Don't just copy what someone else has written as it won't help you in the interview part of the job hunt.

Always Include One

Many job announcements don't ask for one, but you should always include it. This makes your application look professional. It also shows you took the time to complete documents because you are interested in that job. However, you need to make sure it flows well and it represents you successfully. You can take a part from an example of a cover letter and make it unique.

Keep it to One Page

A common problem is one that is far too long. You aren't writing a report, you are writing a summary! Look for an example of a cover letter that covers all the main objectives but doesn't exceed just one page. It may be hard at first to condense the details you wish to share. Keep in mind your resume and your actual job application also give you the opportunity to share details.


A powerful introduction is very important. You only have a few seconds of time to capture the attention of the reader. What are you going to say to entice them to keep reading it rather than putting it aside? Take a look at many of them so you get a solid example of a cover letter introduction and how it should grab them.

Pick your Key Points

Next, you need to focus on a few key points. Each one should be a paragraph long. Make sure they flow well and they can lead into each other. Otherwise, your materials will be choppy and hard to follow. Look for an example of a cover letter that has the key points clearly shared and documented.

Wrap it Up

Don't let the information just drop off and end, that is a common problem. Instead, you need to wrap it up completely. You want to tie it into the introduction so all of the pieces of the puzzle fit well with each other. Don't leave any question in their mind that you are a prime candidate for the job they have available.

Call to Action

You may feel pushy by asking for an interview at the end, but you must do so. It can be done firmly but also respectfully. Don't assume that is the natural next step for them to take. Instead, you need to give them that push to call you and schedule that interview! Find the right example of a cover letter that does this so you can customize it to find your needs.

Employers like people to take the initiative and ask for what they want. They realize such individuals bring valuable skills to their business. They tend to be motivated, detail oriented, and they strive to find solutions. These are all traits that benefit any business that individual works within.

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Interview Success: Just Get Me in the Door


A large part of my coaching practice involves interview preparation with my clients. There are usually two groups of candidates with which I coach. The first group are often nervous or fearful of interviews, and this anxiousness can come across as low self-esteem or self-confidence. We work to increase the confidence through preparation. The job seeker must be able to confidently and believably prove their value and capabilities to the interviewing company.

The second group are those that have extensive work experience. They have interviewed and have been interviewed many times. They are usually being sought by other companies as senior professionals and executives, and have an impressive reputation because they are good at what they do. They truly understand preparation is key and use our coaching time together to make sure they have accurately prepared and are at the top of their game for the particular position they are interviewing for.

A third group, which I don't work with on interview preparation as much, are those that just need to get their foot in the door. They assure me that they can always "nail the interview" once they get in the door. We work on resume and LinkedIn profile development, or other types of coaching but they are very confident in their interviewing abilities. I sometimes ask a few questions to make sure they are indeed ready for their interview. A few things come to mind for this third group to consider:

ARE YOU RIGHT FOR THE JOB? Of course you want to impress the interviewers. And if you don't toot your own horn who will? But it is important to take a realistic approach to your bravado. Make sure you have what it takes to successfully manage the job and that your skills and experience fit what they are looking for. Hiring and even interviewing is timely and expensive for companies and you, make sure you sell them what you have, not just what they are looking for.

IS THE JOB RIGHT FOR YOU? It is exciting when a company calls you in and shows interest in you for a position. Be careful not to sell yourself just to land the job. Do your due diligence prior to the interview and ask questions to make sure you know what the position will ask of you. Determine if it really offers what you're looking for now, and if it fits with your short- and long-term goals.

HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR THE INTERVIEW? Don't overestimate your personality. While first impressions and "fit" play a key role in getting hired, preparation can make or break the job offer. Even having the right qualifications isn't sometimes enough to land your next job. Take the time to understand the company, industry and position you are interviewing for. Learn what is going on in their world and how you can help and add value. And ask yourself again, if it aligns with your career goals.

In the past week I've heard back from 3 different clients who are in the interview process. We discussed the overall interview and reviewed the questions that were asked. All three clients said they were asked what they knew about the interviewing company and how they could add value to the company. Other questions were also asked that pulled in both the industry / company understanding, and the skill set and experience of the client. Remember to do your homework on the company, because they will be expecting you to.

Be confident and prepared for the best results!

In an effort to help you better manage your career and related decisions, I invite you to check-out my blog and website for more articles and in-depth information on how to lead a successful job search with confidence. Visit me, Kris Plantrich, Certified Job Search and Interview Coach, Certified Resume Writer and LinkedIn Profile writer, Workshop Leader, and Owner of ResumeWonders Writing and Career Coaching Services at