5 Cover Letter Mistakes to Avoid so Your Job Application Stands Out

A cover letter isn't a mere formality—those in charge of hiring actually read them. And if your cover letter isn’t up to snuff, your application may head straight to the reject pile. Here are 5 cover letter mistakes to avoid so that your …

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Selling Yourself in Your Cover Letter

Ah, advertisers. They try to suck us in within a matter of seconds. Sound familiar? Hiring managers typically spend less than 30 seconds reviewing a cover letter or resume—unless it grabs their attention enough so that they read on. The …

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7 Ways To Find Job Openings Without Using Job Boards

Spending most of your job-search time on job boards is an addictive, time suck spiral. And this is how it starts: The enticing idea of sending your credentials online to instantly receive an interview appeals to your sense of wanting immediate …

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A Day in the Life: Project Manager for Interior Design Firm

9:00 AM: Arrive at office. Review messages from clients and vendors. Check schedule for meetings and top priorities. Sort through paperwork and yesterday’s mail.

10:00 AM: Contact vendors regarding status of outstanding orders. Check availability on fabrics head designer has …

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A Day in the Life: Mid-level Corporate Law Associate

8:30 AM: Arrive at the office and read the local business journal or business section of the newspaper. (Local companies still make up the bulk of most firms’ business.) Skim through any trade publications looking for articles relevant to clients’ …

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A Day in the Life: Entry-Level Tax Associate at a Big Four Accounting Firm

8:00 AM: Arrive at work. I like to get in a little earlier than others (most other people in the office get in around 9:00 a.m.). This gives me a chance to check e-mail and voicemail, take care of administrative …

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A Day in the Life: Insurance Claim Representative, Major Insurance Company

An insurance claim representative provides services for a product that people find necessary to purchase, but, typically, never want to use. Claim representatives need to possess expert knowledge of insurance rules and regulations, as well as any differences in policies, …

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A Day in the Life: Staff Auditor

9:00 AM: I get into the office around the same time that everybody else does. From previous experience, I don't expect to hear from my superiors (i.e., senior auditor and/or manager) until at least 10:00 a.m. Based on my workload, …

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A Day in the Life: The Entry-Level Private Equity Employee

Eric, 26, is an associate at a midsized private equity firm in Manhattan

6:30 a.m.: I’m already up and dressed and heading out the door to catch a cab. I’m lucky enough to be making enough already to afford a …

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A Day in the Life: Investment Research Associate

Investment Research Associate, Major Mutual Fund Firm

7:00 AM: Arrive at the office.

7:01 AM: Read The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, paying particular attention to articles about the industry you follow.

7:30 AM: Listen to morning call voice …

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