Cover Letter: How to Talk About Age and Dates to Avoid Discrimination

Age discrimination is illegal, but like it or not, employers usually try to figure out your age using the dates and number of years of experience you give in your cover letter and resume. If you think age discrimination is preventing you from getting a job interview, there are some honest "tricks" you can learn...more »

Writing a Cover Letter Can Feel Like a Stretch

Have you ever read someone‚Äôs cover letter and thought, "This is terrific! How did she ever come up with that?" Writing an outstanding letter can be one of a job seeker's most challenging tasks. It takes some writing ability and, most important, a little imagination. You might also like: Using a Cover Letter Template Lots...more »

Salary History and Expectations in Person, on Resume, or in Cover Letter?

The job posting says, "Provide salary history" or "State salary expectations." Does the employer really want you to put your salary history and expectations on your resume? That would be an odd place to refer to compensation: past, present, or future. The best place to talk about salary history and salary expectations (or pay history...more »

Cover Letter: How to Talk About Salary History and Expectations

Some job posts say "include salary history" or "state salary expectations" when you submit your resume and cover letter. Should you do it? Should you even mention the word "salary" in your cover letter? There's no right or wrong answer to that question. Here are my thoughts on the subject. After reading this article, do...more »

Ask Aunt Louise to Help Write Your Cover Letter

You need to write a cover letter but, you're having trouble getting started on that blank page. Here's a writing technique that I used back in my job search days. It got me out of more than a few cases of cover letter brain freeze. << Index of Sample Cover Letters << Writer's Block: Writing...more »

Matching Resume, Cover Letter, Job Reference Page Samples

Here are several sets of matching resume, cover letter, and job reference page samples. Feel free to browse through them to see how others have created documents for the various stages of their job hunts. << Examples of Matching Resumes and Cover Letters Administrative Assistant: Resume, Cover Letter, Job Reference Page Here is Sara's job...more »

Writing a Cover Letter as a Letter of Recommendation for Yourself

Writer's block can hit you hard when it comes to writing a cover letter to a potential employer. Here's a technique for getting your message on paper (or computer screen): Write a cover letter first as a letter of recommendation for yourself. It's this simple: Put yourself in the shoes of one of your previous...more »

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