Some hiring teams do rely on cover letters, often called job search letters, to help them differentiate job candidates, although estimates on the percentage of managers that read letters vary. A recruiter that did a survey and posted the results online stated that 69% of her respondents read letters. Other estimates are lower.
The job market is incredibly competitive right now, yet I still see resumes that start something like this:
“Hardworking, best-of-breed go-getter that thinks outside-the-box and hits the ground running. Go to person and results-driven team player that brings thought-leadership and synergy to strategically improve the bottom line…”
The salary or wage you want to command affects several aspects of your job search. A few elements of job search that will be influenced by your target salary include:
1. Your resume design,
2. Where you look for work,
3. The time it could take you to find a job, and
4. Complexity of the employer’s selection process.
The education section on your resume may be one of the shortest if you are a mid-career professional, yet it could carry the most punch per line. That is because the majority of jobs in the US economy require education beyond high school, and employers look for college grads in their searches. According to a Georgetown University study, 65% of jobs in the United States require post-secondary education.
Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. According to LinkedIn, “members with photos receive 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.”