Congratulations! You’ve got your diploma, but are you Web-smart? Was your last job application for an opening you saw in the Express? Did you get a response? How long did it take?
Social media is changing the way we interact with each other. It’s changing the way we contact each other and the way we “meet” people. That also means it’s blurring the lines between personal and professional, and that means the rules of engagement are getting harder to discern.
Dear UWI Graduate, Republic Bank gets about 1,000* job applications a month, so we have a good idea as to why some cover letters succeed. The ones that don’t succeed get filed away — if you’re lucky. But if you don’t want corporate execs shooting free throws with your crumpled résumé, follow these five tips for writing awesome cover letters:
Besides your parents (God bless their hovering hearts), nobody cares about your degree. Your degree is a starting point. It’s not a destination. You, sir, are not yet “qualified.”
An interview in the New York Times with Laszlo Bock, the guy in charge of hiring at Google, surprised some people for its most stark revelation—they’re not very impressed by college degrees.
Your résumé is your extended calling card — a few pieces of paper that let recruiters know how well you’ve done, where you’ve worked and the skills you’ve picked up along the way.
You’ve just graduated with Honours. You’re feeling confident. The classifieds are loaded with jobs in your field. You’ve probably even started building a fierce work wardrobe. Everything’s on deck. Except for your CV.