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Old 06-11-2003, 09:47 PM
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You have to assume that there will be many people applying for the same jobs as you. I don't think the person reading over all these resumes is going to read all that. I would think they would glance over all that and look at the resume. Leave all that to the interview. Just my opinion. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2003, 10:05 PM
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Keep the cover letter short as possible. I used to post an ad on Monster on Friday afternoon and get over 300 e-mails by Monday morning. I would ignore the cover letters and look at the resumes first. If the resume looked good I might go back and read the cover letter looking for specific tasks and project accomplished. I eventually had an assistant screen the e-mails for me.

Are you responding to an ad or just fishing? Have you had any previous contact with Mr. Anderson? Do you know if they are trying to fill a position and what their criteria are for that position (job description)? Try to match your resume and cover letter to those criteria if you know what they are.


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Old 06-11-2003, 10:14 PM
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Just read an article written by some hiring authorities that said in part ask for the interview. So ask, or better yet, state that you will call that person on a certain date and then do it.

Shorten your cover letter to two paragraphs composed of short, easy to read sentences. Pique their curiosity by mentioning a few of your accomplishments so they'll want to read the attached resume to see what else you achieved in your career.

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Are you looking for a perm job or a contract?
If you are looking for contract work, no cover letter.
List tools and languages, operating systems etc on top of resume.
than explain in job descriptions. I placed contractors for years and the managers I have dealt with didn't care if a resume was 2 or 20 pages. They wanted to see what they were looking for quickly, sort the resumes, and than go back and read in more detail the job descriptions. I still have a ton of friends in the business and I can hook you up with an awesome national tech recruiter if you are interested.
Also, write you resume to cater to a specific job your going for.

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Old 06-11-2003, 10:29 PM
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PS Casi Rusco in Fl called me the other day and they are looking for SW/firmware developers perm. I am out of the business but
I can get more info. I know your IT, but somewhere along the line most of you guys have been developers

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Old 06-11-2003, 10:31 PM
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I'd hire you and I can't even tell what the [email protected] you do.

That is toooo funny. I agree!

Dock,

Your "other notable achievemnts" will be a part of your resume and should not be included in a cover letter. The last two paragraphs are a little repetative and maybe you can combine the two. It is a cover letter and should be brief.

I don't understand the "Soul sucking current company". If that is included I don't think it is inappropriate along with any other sarcasm or the need for comments in parenthasis (sp). If I misread please clarify.

Aside from that you are well written and bring interest to your motive for employment. Leave it be for a while, then re-read. Don't rush anything. You abviously have the experince, let that show in your resume.

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Old 06-11-2003, 11:44 PM
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Geez, louise guys - good input, but the paranthetical statements and other "asides" were put in just to disguise the actual company names and whatnot. Give me a little credit, I don't think putting "soul-sucking current company" is going to win me an interview!

I'll rework this tomorrow - it usually helps if I sleep on it a bit. Thanks much for the advice...
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ok i get it just trying to help. racing ain't all i do.

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ok i lied.
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ok i lied.


Too funny Eric!!!
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