How to Write a Statement of Qualifications (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson When you’re looking for a new job, you need a resume that genuinely packs a punch. Overall, around 60 percent of hiring managers spend 11 seconds or less deciding whether a resume should remain in contention. Want more time than that? With a stellar statement of qualifications, you can get it. Is…

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How to Write a Resume with No Experience (Template Included)

By Mike Simpson When you apply for a job, you usually have to submit a resume. The thing is, if you’ve never worked before, figuring how to make a resume with no experience under your belt seems impossible. Luckily, it isn’t. Creating a resume with no experience is entirely doable. You just need to know…

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What Are Transferable Skills? (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson If you’re getting ready to launch a job search, there’s a good chance you’ve tripped across information about transferable skills. Transferable skills are often touted as the key to a successful career change and getting your first job, particularly if you don’t have much direct experience. While that’s all true, transferable skills…

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What Are Problem-Solving Skills? (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson Problem-solving skills are important not just for work. In the words of Karl Popper, “All life is problem-solving.” What on earth does that mean? Simply that being alive means facing challenges. With problem-solving skills, you can navigate issues with greater ease, making hard times, well, less hard. But what are problem-solving skills?…

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How to Start a Cover Letter (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson When you’re writing a cover letter, nailing the opening is a must. Your cover letter introduction has to draw the hiring manager in, giving them a clear reason to keep reading. That’s why learning how to start a cover letter is so vital; it’s your doorway to success. After all, more than…

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How to Use To Whom It May Concern (Alternatives Included)

By Mike Simpson Every letter needs a solid salutation. Why? Because it helps the reader figure out who you’re talking to. But what if you don’t know the name of the person you’re addressing? That’s where “to whom it may concern” comes in. “To whom it may concern” is a generic salutation that can apply…

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How to List References on a Resume (Templates Included)

By Mike Simpson Let’s face facts; writing a resume isn’t always easy. You have to choose the best resume format, discuss the right skills, cover critical achievements, and so much more, all in just a couple of pages. Then, if you need to fit references on a resume, too, it can quickly become overwhelming. Does…

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How to Write a Resume Profile (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson Let’s face facts; looking for a job isn’t easy. As a candidate, you’re trying to find ways to stand out from the pack. You also need to ensure that the hiring manager can see at a quick glance that you’re the perfect candidate for the role. How can you pull that off?…

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How to End a Cover Letter (Examples Included)

By Mike Simpson Did you know that 86 percent of executives think cover letters are valuable parts of an application? It’s true. That’s why making sure yours packs a punch is so important, including your cover letter closing. In many cases, candidates spend most of their time fretting about the main body paragraphs when writing…

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What Are Collaboration Skills? (Examples Included)

By Jeff Gillis Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that collaboration skills are essential to your job search and career. Why do they matter so much? Because employers want employees to have them; it really is that simple. In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; staying together…

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