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You need to come across as both enthusiastic and proactive, but spelling out your availability or begging for an interview won?t make you seem desirable. A simple ?I look forward to learning more about the job and discussing my qualifications with you further? will suffice.
-Stacey Sykes, co-owner of Sweet Resumes, a résumé and career consulting agency in Dallas
Every job description ever written has included the words team player. Instead of regurgitating this term back to a hiring manager, share a detailed, industry-specific story about collaborating with a team to accomplish X, Y and Z.
-Joseph Terach, founder and CEO of ResumeDeli.com, in Hoboken, New Jersey
If Judy from ad sales told you about the opening, mention Judy from ad sales in the first paragraph. But beyond basic name-dropping (shout out to the Jude-ster!), be sure to also explain why you were recommended in the first place.
-Lisa K. McDonald, brand strategist and principal of Career Polish Inc., in Indianapolis
Make sure your knowledge of the position is specific, not template driven. As a test, replace the name of the company you’re applying to with another company’s name. If the paragraph still makes sense, you need to go back and be more detailed.
-Sahil Punamia, a career coach for college students in Los Angeles
If you have a solid LinkedIn presence, definitely include a link to it in your signature. On the other hand, keep your Twitter and Instagram feeds to yourself--no one cares what you had for breakfast. Unless, of course, your accounts are relevant to the job… like if you’re a food stylist or digital marketer.
-Kelly Donovan, job-search specialist and principal, Kelly Donovan & Associates, in Los Angeles
Took a year off to travel the world? Bought yourself some time between your engineering and pastry-making careers? This is your chance to clear up any potentially confusing résumé moments. All it takes is a valid explanation to go from “Next!” to “Intriguing candidate…”
-Taly Russell, global recruiting expert and founder of SilverChair Partners, in New York City
Think of your cover letter as a white shirt. It can be basic and barely noticeable or fantastic and full of character.
So what’s the secret to making it stand out from the pack?
We checked in with some HR experts across various industries to get a few tips. (Hint: Never use the term team player.)
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