In the age of LinkedIn… are cover letters still necessary?

I never go more than a week without hearing a client ask, “Do I still need to submit a cover letter? My resume has everything on it, including my LinkedIn URL, and I’m not sure what else I would even add. Do recruiters even read these anymore?”  Yes. The answer is still yes. But it’s not about simply submitting one; it’s about submitting a great one and not shooting yourself in the foot along with way. Here are a few things to consider the next time you’re tackling this piece of your process.

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Krystal Hicks
How and why to strategically leverage staffing firms the next time you're job hunting.

I fell backwards into my career.   I was a recent college grad (slash bartender), and in 2008, a friend of mine told me she got her job (at a HUGE, local company) by starting there as a “temp.” I had never heard of this before. So I went into the firm she used to inquire about how it all worked, and within a week, they hired me internally as an Admin Assistant. I learned everything from the ground up, and a year later, I was a Staffing Manager: the one behind the scenes serving as the connector between company and candidate. I saw first-hand just how successful (and easy!) this type of partnership could be, and I wondered “Why isn’t everyone using this type of resource?” 

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Krystal Hicks
What "overqualified" really means, and how to handle it

A new client reached out to me recently and said, “I just don’t know what else to do. I apply for jobs that I’m BEYOND qualified for, and all I get in response is some version of, ‘Thanks, but you’re overqualified.’ How am I ever supposed to get into a new company if no one is willing to value my experience!? I’m sorry I’ve accomplished TOO MUCH!”

Here’s the thing. This is one of those situations you have to dig for the WHY behind what you’re hearing.

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Krystal Hicks
Figuring out how to "help people..." for a living

One of the most common things I hear from people considering a career change is: “I don’t know what I want to do... I just know I want to help people.”  The challenge with this statement is that, while it may be a very admirable intention, it isn’t usually enough to provide someone with a direction they can easily transform into a profession. Here are a few tips on how to narrow the scope and define the path.

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Krystal Hicks
How to land the internship you actually want (because it's probably not posted)

When an organization needs to hire new staff, HR is notified, job descriptions are edited or created, and openings are posted (if at the very least, on the company’s website). Internships, however, are very rarely publicized in the same way, and if they are, the competition for them skyrockets because now everyone can see them. The trick behind landing an awesome internship is not waiting for it to be posted - because it probably won’t be. 

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How to Create the Resume a Recruiter WANTS to Read

Resumes. No matter who you ask, it seems you always get different advice.  “Add an objective!” …. “Objectives are a waste of space and generic! Add a bulleted summary!” … “It has to be 1 page!” …. “The length doesn’t matter- it’s the content! Exhausting right? But while that may frustrate or confuse jobseekers, it’s important to understand that there is no such thing as the perfect resume format…

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Overcoming your "Major" Identity Crises

There is something interesting that happens to students once they enroll in college and select a major. It's as if an invisible box appears and they step inside, etch their major on all four walls, and lock the hatch. Their major then carves out a nice secure identity for them over the next four years, and when they emerge from that box upon graduation day, suddenly, they have to come to terms with the fact that maybe they don't want to work within the confines of their major anymore.

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Job Fishing vs. Job Hunting: It's all about the bait

Within a few weeks of a new employee joining our company, it’s not uncommon for a colleague to stop me in the hall and say, “Hey – How did we find so-and-so? Did they apply? Great hire!”  For a corporate recruiter, there is no better feeling than instant validation on a new addition to the team. And while the majority of our external hires still apply directly, more often than ever I’m able to respond with, “Nope! I found them on LinkedIn!” 

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