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Author Topic: Job Hunting in the US - Resume and Cover Letters  (Read 5692 times)
Mad Russian
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« on: 18 March 2009, 01:28:12 »
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If you are job hunting in the United States, and yes I am, then you are going through the age old dilemma of how to write an effective cover letter and resume.

Here are some sites I found that may help. I think they are helping me and I wished I'd read them before I sent out the cover letters and resumes I've already sent out.

Writing a Cover Letter

and this site:

Resume Writing

I hope they are as helpful to you as they have been to me.

Good Hunting.

MR
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« Reply #1 on: 18 March 2009, 02:03:28 »
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thx for sharing, but believe me:

As (in the past) boss I would always give more attention to letters that were off of the "rules" as those usually allowe more insights about an applicee and usually were posted by the more interesting employee candidates...

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« Reply #2 on: 18 March 2009, 03:02:38 »
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Hey MR, first of all good luck with the hunt.

I guess that it depend on how the local economy is affected by the recession, but from here it looks like every job sector has a shortage of employees. I've heard that the recession is hitting the US much harder than up here in Canada, so maybe what I see doesn't match your reality.

The resumes in the academic world are so boring: they are nothing more than a shopping list of publications and grants. Trying to do anything else is usually a sign that the author is trying to hide something. I would agree with the cover letter piece: it makes the difference between a thoughtful applicant and someone spamming lots of employers with his/her CV.
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« Reply #3 on: 19 March 2009, 18:17:29 »
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Well, I have a new experience.
This happened today.

As you may know the army here has a shortage of around 6000 to 7000 men.
I saw an article in a magazine about the military postal unit, they have 6 jobs vacant.
So I made a phonecall to the CO and made an appointment with him to apply for the job.
He was very interested, I work for the royal dutch mail, I have military experience, in short the perfect candidate.

But I dont get the job....
Why , I hear you guys thinking?
Because the secretary of defense in all his wisdom, declared that only fulltime soldiers may apply to the function, and if there are no takers than only people without a job can apply.
Than after 2 years I can try it again.

I simply cant believe it Bedroefd
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« Reply #4 on: 19 March 2009, 21:54:21 »
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Well, I have a new experience.
This happened today.

As you may know the army here has a shortage of around 6000 to 7000 men.
I saw an article in a magazine about the military postal unit, they have 6 jobs vacant.
So I made a phonecall to the CO and made an appointment with him to apply for the job.
He was very interested, I work for the royal dutch mail, I have military experience, in short the perfect candidate.

But I dont get the job....
Why , I hear you guys thinking?
Because the secretary of defense in all his wisdom, declared that only fulltime soldiers may apply to the function, and if there are no takers than only people without a job can apply.
Than after 2 years I can try it again.

I simply cant believe it Bedroefd


There is only one way: VOTE accordingly to what your experience tells you...  Brede lach

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« Reply #5 on: 19 March 2009, 22:40:46 »
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« Reply #6 on: 20 March 2009, 04:04:31 »
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What's so hard to understand about the way the military doesn't work.

It's that way in all armies no matter the nationality.

Good Hunting.

MR
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« Reply #7 on: 20 March 2009, 14:38:15 »
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not only military, I think that military works even more logical then civilian...
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« Reply #8 on: 20 March 2009, 21:45:54 »
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MR,
  Good luck in your search.  Everybody is getting laid off in the Pacific Northwest.  Boeing just announced several hundred layoffs.  What are you hoping for, something history related?  Just curious.

Stoffel,
  Yeah, why would it make sense to hire a guy that already knew the job and had military experience as well.  Sorry that one didn't work out for you.  That ridiculous excuse of only having people who don't have a job apply, is really short-thinking.  If you got the job, then someone without a job could apply for YOUR job.  Managers.

  The Dilbert cartoon in some of the newspapers really says it all.  It is downright uncanny sometimes how that cartoonist can hit the issue right dead on, over and over again. 

  The cartoon the other day....
Dilbert is complaining to his live-in dog friend.  He says, "Today I got in trouble for not doing something that I wasn't aware needed to be done.  Yesterday I got in trouble for doing something that no one asked me to do, but needed to be done.  Tomorrow I plan to sit in my cubicle like a frozen you-know-what and avoid all human contact."  The dog asks, "Does it rhyme with bird?"

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« Reply #9 on: 20 March 2009, 22:14:27 »
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Yeah politicians.....

They also want more women in the army, but last year an investigation showed there was no real animo for a military career for women.
A big no-go for most people is the war in AFghanistan, applying for a job is going there for sure Smiley

In the mean time I get older... Bedroefd
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« Reply #10 on: 9 March 2012, 21:13:41 »
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Jobs seem to be picking up in the US. They are in our area at least.

I have a really good job for the first time in over 4 years.

Good Hunting.

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« Reply #11 on: 10 March 2012, 20:29:03 »
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Nice to hear, MR!
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« Reply #12 on: 10 March 2012, 22:34:13 »
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Animo and godspeed!

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« Reply #13 on: 11 March 2012, 16:28:28 »
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Thanks guys!

Best wishes to the rest of you around the world that are also looking for employment. The process these days can be daunting.

I HATE where all you do is send in a resume along with no telling how many others.

I always do well face to face. So, for me at least, job fairs are a better way to go. It was at a job fair that I got this job. I was talking with, translate being interviewed by, one of the companies Senior Vice Presidents. When we were finished talking he tells me you need to fill out an application for us.

You don't get that online. They may never see you or talk with you. Here in the US they do job fairs quite a bit. At least in our area they do. I would go to any of them that you are interested in that segment of the business world they are hiring for.

Good Hunting.

MR
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