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Sticky: Write Resume Cover Letter – Tips To Stand Out And Land The Job

Resume letter tips so that you can stand out int he crowd. Keywords scattered throughout the oage are most important to catch the hiring managers eye!

When you write resume cover letters, you’ll have to play a little detective work.  If you want to stand out with who ever is going to be interviewing you.  You’ll have to show you know more about the company than your competing prospects for the job.  Interviewers love this.  I’ll cover a bit more on what I did later.  First let me make sure you understand why you need a good cover letter.

Your resume, as great as it may be is more of a run down of your past and possibly, current job positions.  I know it was for me.  Of course it’ll cover your strengths but most times it doesn’t prove any of your skills.  The cover letter helps you stand out in a way a resume doesn’t by showing the interest you have for working for a specific company.  Going the extra mile goes along way and it shows your interviewer you’re not afraid of working.  Think about it.  Your reason for wanting the job goes from, changing employment, for what ever reason, more money, closer to home etc.  To being part of an organization, that you like or identify with.

How you prove your interest, this is where the detective comes in.  You find out as much as possible about the company as you can.  Without braking any laws, keep it clean will you.  You then write a resume cover letter plugging as much of the knowledge you picked up as you can.  Paint a picture in the readers mind of how you can benefit the organization by being part of it and how much you know it already.

There’s also phrases and words you want to avoid.  Nobody speaks that way.  Lets be honest.  There’s some lines on some of the generic cover letters that yell out generic, all over them.  Don’t get filed away.  Take some time, learn a little about where you want to work and please make sure it makes sense to where you’re applying.  That’s the biggest problem with letters that are too generic.  Many times they don’t make sense.

Also, remember the power of search engines?  Employers can find those generic cover letters online in about 0.21 seconds.  That’s right.  The letters you find, they find.

In my experience, a good cover letter has made a difference between landing the interview and not.

Sticky: Best Resume Cover Letter – Tips, Tactics And Do Cover Letter Programs Really Work

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Great advice for your next cover letter make over. These tips will give you the best resume cover letter possible.

Recently I was working on my resume.  I needed to put together the best resume cover letter possible to land this job.  I had been looking into a company I wanted to work at and finally there was an opening.  Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity and while working on my resume I came across some software products that promise quality custom cover letters that will wow the reader.

Being that I had been looking at this company for a while now and had gone as far as submitting unsolicited resumes, with no reply or acknowledgment of its receipt.  I needed to send a letter with my resume that would give the reader a reason to bring me in for an interview.  What I learned from the cover letter program was valuable, yet the software didn’t deliver on one little detail.  It really wasn’t that big a deal.  I can understand how it would be difficult for this software or any other for that matter to deliver to that extent.  What I thought didn’t reach the expectation they sold me on was the one click cover letter idea.

I know it’s almost impossible to deliver a custom letter much less the best resume cover letter possible with one click.  What I had to do was edit and plug specific information about the company I was applying to, in order to make it as custom as I could.  On the positive side, all the digging I had done in the past, into the company, came in very handy when I customized the cover letter.  It was easy to customize the letter with all the information I already had.

The best resume cover letter is the one that gets you into the interview chair.  I did get the position I was looking to get at the company.  I was successful at capturing the attention of the reader of my letter and have them thoroughly read my resume.

The best tips I could suggest would be to invest time learning about the company you want to work for.  Find out who you’ll be interviewing with and make your letter directed to that person.  Find out about associated companies and the business environment the company may be experiencing.  If you can bring value to yourself, by addressing point you know are areas of weakness for the company and how you can bring solutions to the table for those weaknesses’.  You’ll have more success presenting yourself in that manner.

In my experience, a good cover letter has made a difference between landing the interview and not. That’s the first step, right? I catch the reader with the knowledge I have of their organization and a few other key tips I learned to incorporate into my letter. I’ve helped my sister and brothers with their letter and they’ve also landed the jobs. What I picked up helped me put together the best resume cover letter for the position.
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10 Tips For Nailing A Physical Therapy Job Interview

 

So you’ve got an interview scheduled for a Physical Therapy job, or you’re still searching but you’re coming close? Congratulations! The chances are you won’t be the only candidate, so you need something to set you apart. Just follow these 10 Tips For Nailing A Physical Therapy Job Interview and you’ll have a great advantage over your competitors who won’t be as prepared as you are.

1. Get your sales pitch ready.
Do you think you’re not a “salesperson?” You are when you’re on a job interview. Your job is to sell the interviewer into thinking that you are the best Physical Therapist that he or she could ever hire. So, in order to do that, plan on being able to talk for about 5 minutes about your background, education, experience and why you’re the best candidate for the job. A five minute monologue is around 50 sentences. Prepare those 50 sentences in advance and practice, practice, practice.

2. Arrive 15 minutes early for the interview.
That way you’ll have time to compose yourself, review your notes, and fill out any paperwork that may be required before your interview. Take advantage of the extra time to go to the restroom and check your appearance in the mirror. Don’t forget to check your teeth for bits of leftover lunch. Pack a toothbrush and toothpaste and give your teeth a quick brushing to freshen your breath.

3. Listen carefully to each question that you are asked and then answer those questions thoroughly.
Watch out for stumbling words like “um’s” and “ah’s” and conversational slang that doesn’t belong in a business conversation when you give your answers. Be sure that you sound confident when you reply. PT Managers look for people who know what they are talking about and have the confidence to answer questions thoroughly. Don’t ramble and don’t wander off track. Answer the question and then wait for the interviewer’s response.

4. What the question “tell me a little bit about you?” really means. The answer doesn’t start with “I like long walks on the beach and quiet evenings at home.” The interviewer is looking for personality traits and background information that establishes your qualifications for the position. Tell him or her about your work ethic, your love for the PT profession and your desire for ongoing education to stay current in the field.

5. What the question “tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?” really means.This isn’t the time to do a character assassination on yourself by telling the interviewer how hard it is for you to get up in the morning and that you and Chocolate Martinis are well acquainted. You probably will have no problem responding with 3-4 positive things about yourself, but how do you answer the weakness question? Mention a quality or two that is really a quasi-strength in disguise. For example, “I tend to spend more hours at work than most of my co-workers because I don’t feel comfortable going home until I have wrapped up all my paperwork for the day.”

6. What the question “what do you see yourself doing in 5 years?” really means.This is a probing question designed to determine how long you might stick around. While honesty is usually the best policy, there’s no law that says you have to work in the same place forever. If your goal is to attend college at night so you can switch careers and become a lawyer in 5 years, don’t bring it up. State goals that are in line with your PT career and that show you are a good candidate for long-term employment. Something like “I’d like to be your Senior Therapist,” is a good response.

7. Have specific examples of work successes ready.
You can expect to be asked questions about your current position. Interviewers love to find out how you faced a particular challenge and to get insight into your day-to-day work experiences. Be ready with some specific examples of your more challenging cases. Also, provide some examples of how you were able to get a particular task accomplished under unusual pressure, or a short deadline, if you have those types of examples. Don’t make anything up though. It’s also a good idea to provide examples of your teamwork skills and how well you communicate ideas with co-workers and supervisors.

8. Show Enthusiasm, Friendliness and PMA.
PMA means Positive Mental Attitude, and you want to bring plenty of it to the interview. You send subliminal signals to the interviewer with your body language, tone of voice and attitude. Make sure that all of those signals are positive by acting bright, energetic and cheerful. Pay attention to your body language. Sit up straight, don’t tap your feet or drum your fingers. Make sincere eye contact with the interviewer. If it comes down to a tie between you and another candidate with equal experience and skills, your enthusiasm could swing the job your way.

9. Don’t be shocked by a confrontational interview.
Some interviews use a measured confrontational approach to weed out candidates who do not react well to pressure or confrontation. Don’t be drawn in. Maintain your professional demeanor and act as if your interviewer is doing nothing unusual. Remember, you’re not always going to be treating clients who are happy to see you, and some that are in intense pain may not be the friendliest people you’ll ever encounter. Your interviewer knows this, and he or she is just trying to find out how you will be treating the clients when those situations arise.

10. Make sure that you ask for the job twice.
Don’t assume that the interviewer knows that you want the PT job just because you showed up for the interview. Ask for it at the end of the interview by saying something like “I enjoyed meeting with you today, and I would enjoy working here very much. Can we take this to the next step? It might sound a bit assertive, but at least you’re letting the interviewer know that he or she has a hot prospect on their hands. If you don’t get a PT job offer on the spot, follow up with a short Thank-You note and ask for the job again. Don’t use e-mail. Handwrite a note on a generic Thank-You card and drop it into the mail. Trust me, hardly anyone does that anymore. You will stand out from the crowd.

Summary

There’s a lot of competition in the Physical Therapy job market today. It’s important that you handle yourself professionally and that you give the interviewer the ability to judge how you are going to perform once the clinic extends you a job offer.

It’s expensive and disruptive to have a lot of staff turnover, so your interviewer is going to make sure that the right person is hired the first time. You’re that person and it’s up to you to let the interviewer know it. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll look like the shining star that you really are!

Samuel Awosolu is a physical therapist with over 10 years of experience. He is a freelance writer and owner of a few Physical Therapy related websites. You can subscribe to his e-newsletter for more PT articles and resources at PT List or www.ptlist.com