PS - Thank you for the warning about the spider pic. I was able to cover my screen with my hand and scroll past it so I didn't have to see it. Nightmares averted.
[This message edited by Nature_Girl at 12:16 PM, January 10th (Friday)]
OMG! I love that .gif LOL!!
You're welcome. Just lookin' out for ya.
It's all bullshit anyway. Cover letters seldom are read. Back in the day when I actually had a job and we were hiring, I was instructed to rip off the cover letters and round file them. So now I hate wasting my time & brain power trying to craft the perfect letter when I'm fairly certain it's going to be tossed.
I'm sure cover letters aren't read and probably only a portion of the resume is read.
Decades of HR executive management experience here and I'm sure the other SI HR'ers will chime in a well.
They are read. Why? Because they provide a snapshot of the person's talent and skills and abilities needed for the job and are oftentimes the reason a screener reads the resume.
Secondly, if you are uploading them into a job application portal, they will be screened for keywords that have to do with the job. If those words are missing or if you're using a very generic CL, you risk the chance of your application being rejected.
If you're struggling, look back at others you've written to get your creative thoughts going.
"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always." - Albert Schweitzer
Me: BW - Him: 200+ # tumor removed 7/09
DS - 31 - Yikes!
When applying I always make sure to put in keywords. I have the job posting open and I add/remove certain things from my resume. It gets daunting at times, especially when nothing comes of it.
I'm replying to the position you have listed on Craigslist for the Very Part-Time Receptionist Who Also Doubles As A Shipping Clerk And Payroll Processor As Well As Janitor, Stock Clerk, Customer Service Rep, Marketing Director And Executive Assistant to the CEO, CIO, and CFO. I want to assure you that I really super-de-duper want to work ten hours a week, with the potential to expand that to 15 hours a week. I do have a command of the English language and can take detailed messages.
You can see the 15-year gap on my resume? That's where I started my own design business, created & ran a website for another company, gave birth to three children who I also homeschooled, in addition to suffering daily abuse from a sexually deviant husband. Sure, here's the names of my previous supervisors, however, I don't have current contact information for them, nor do I know if they still work at those companies. See first and second sentences of this paragraph to understand why I don't have contact information any longer.
Here are the names & phone numbers of people who know me and are not relatives. No, I haven't worked for them, nor have I known them longer than five years. See previous paragraph.
No, I am not available to work evenings or weekends. No, I cannot accommodate last-minute changes to the work schedule. No, I will not carry a pager for a 10-hour a week receptionist job. I will be happy to make coffee for you, however.
Someone You're Not Going To Hire Anyway
[This message edited by Nature_Girl at 2:49 PM, January 10th (Friday)]
And why on earth haven't you used your super sleuth powers to track down contact info for those former supervisors?? If you were good at your job back then,networking is the foot in the door you need now that you're back on the market.