Marshall Backlar on how to write a cover letter

Marshall Backlar called in about the purpose of a cover letter. (download mp3) 2 min

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1. SECRETS OF THE JOB HUNT: Job Search Roundup June 2009

Chris Russell details the important news and sites making waves in the online job market. (download mp3)


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2. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Donna Sweidan on LinkedIn and Todays Job Hunt (download mp3)

3. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Trendwatcher – Social Networking at the Office (download mp3)

4. CAREER RENEGADE: Profile of Charlie Guillebeau (download mp3)

5. JOB SEARCH GUY: Working with Recruiters, Show #11 (download mp3)

6. CAREER COMMUNIQUE: How Recruiters Source Candidates (listen via BTR)

Andrea Santiago’s New Healthcare Jobcast

We’re excited to announce more great content for JobRadio.fm stream and podcast. Andrea Santiago is the About.com Guide to healthcare jobs and each week she’ll give us a quick update on whats happening in this growing career field. (2 min 30 sec) (download mp3)

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Topic: A hot new role in healthcare IT (information technology) is projected to add 75,000 jobs in the near future. Learn more about this growing need, and how you can qualify for one of these in-demand jobs. If you’ve got computer skills, or an interest in computers and ability to train, this may be a great employment option for you.

How to write a cover letter #3

August Cohen calls in with a great ip about formatting your cover letter. 30 sec (download mp3)

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My name is Janet Ruck. I am the co-author of the recently published book – “Guide to America’s Federal Jobs”. I am a career coach with experience in the private and federal sectors.

What is the best way to craft a cover letter? The most important thing to remember about a cover letter is that it markets your resume, which markets you. A cover letter gets your resume read – a resume gets you an interview – an interview gets you a job.

There are no generic cover letters: You need to spend time targeting your cover letter to the job that you are applying for.

A cover letter is divided into 3 main sections:

  1. Introduction – the first paragraph tells the reader how you learned about the position.
  2. Body – provides some specifics about your skills and qualifications for the job
  3. Closing – what action you are seeking, usually this is where you request an intervie

Always remember who your reader is: the person who will be interviewing you for a job. Write for this reader – what does he or she need to know about you to interest him/her to read your resume?

Remember the “WIIFM: What’s In It for Me?” from the perspective of the reader and ultimately the interviewer. What do you have to offer that will benefit the employer?

If you remember to market yourself from the point of view of the reader, your cover letter will get your resume read which, in turn, will get you the interview, which is how you get the job!

The Green Jobcast #5

The Green Jobcast, episode 5, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. Transcript below. (download mp3)

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.

TRANSCRIPT

First up…the Sears Tower in Chicago is going green….Wind turbines, roof gardens and solar panels will join the pair of antennas atop the Sears Tower’s staggered rooftops, said building officials who announced Wednesday that the skyscraper would undergo a $350 million green renovation. The 5-year project would reduce the tower’s electricity use by 80 percent and save 24 million gallons of water a year, building owners and architects said. The project should create 3,600 jobs, officials said, and will include a learning center on the ground floor showcasing green efforts to the public. Chicago receives $700,000 for green jobs effort…Chicago’s green jobs initiative will receive a $700,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The city’s Greencorps Chicago program was selected for the grant by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The program provides environmental jobs for between 40 and 50 people that last at least nine months. The jobs focus on eco-restoration, community gardens, plant distribution, landscaping, electronics and hazardous waste recycling and weatherizing projects. Greencorps Chicago plans on using the grant money to expand weatherization training and start an arborist training program. On Wednesday in Memphis Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $500 million in grants available to prepare workers for “green” jobs.

Four of the five grant programs announced, which are funded through the America Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009, are geared toward worker-training programs in energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

General Electric announced plans to build a research, development and manufacturing facility for wind turbines in Metro Detroit. The new facility is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs. The mayor of Toledo Ohio held a press conference Tuesday announcing that new solar energy materials will be produced in the Glass City. At Tuesday’s signing ceremony, Sphere Renewable Energy Corporation of California said it plans to launch production of poly-silicon at the University of Toledo’s Advanced Renewable Energy Technology Center.

The new venture will be called Buckeye Silicon and is expected to create about 150 jobs locally.

How to start your cover letter

Anne Follis from Career Happy called in with some good tips on how to start your cover letter. (1 min) (download mp3)

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Pat Meehan’s tip of the week #4

Today Pat talks about the importance of self-awareness. (30 secs)

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How to write a cover letter #1

NeW! Career Break: SixFigureStart co-founder Connie Thanasoulis calls in and gives a very detailed explanation for how you should write your cover letter. Thanks Connie! (download mp3)

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How to write a cover letter #2

This time career expert Adrian Mach chimes in with her 3 tips for crafting a cover letter. (1 min 15 sec) (download mp3)

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The Green Jobcast #4

The Green Jobcast, is a short news segment with information about green jobs making headlines across the country. Transcript below. (download mp3)

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Sponsored by Jobs in Solar Power & Jobs in Wind Power.

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Research by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that despite a lack of sustained policy attention and investment, the emerging clean energy economy has grown considerably—extending to all 50 states, engaging a wide variety of workers and generating new industries. Between 1998 and 2007, its jobs grew at a faster rate than overall jobs.

By 2007, more than 68,200 businesses across all 50 states and the District of Columbia accounted for about 770,000 jobs that achieve the double bottom line of economic growth and environmental sustainability.
Pew’s research shows that between 1998 and 2007, clean energy economy jobs—a mix of whiteand blue-collar positions, from scientists and engineers to electricians, machinists and teachers—grew by 9.1 percent, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent.
Learn more at Pewtrusts.org

To secure its future, Toledo OHIO, once known as the Glass City, is now turning those skills — and that tradition — to the sun. New solar energy-related businesses are taking hold in what city officials and local executives hope it will become Ohio’s “solar valley.”

“We didn’t envision there would be some bailout of Toledo, so we had to do it ourselves,” said Norm Johnston, CEO of Solar Fields, a solar startup company. “We want to move from being the ‘rust belt’ to being the ‘renewable energy belt.’”

Solar Fields is is one of dozens of new companies in Toledo that now make rivers of glass into solar cells, panels and coatings.

A new wind farm has gone online in Mt Storm West Virginia, the farm, located on Allegheny Front along state Route 42, is the largest wind farm in the eastern United States. Officials said it generates up to 264 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to serve approximately 66,000 homes and businesses. Approximately 200 construction jobs were created and approximately 50 “highly skilled new jobs” will stay in the area. The NedPower Mt. Storm Wind Farm is co-owned, by Dominion Generation and Shell WindEnergy …

Southern California Edison has been granted approval by the California Public Utilities Commission to install solar panels on unused commercial rooftops across Southern California.
During the next five years Edison will install, own and operate 150 solar panels that will generate 250 megawatts of power.

Edison was also granted the ability to solicit other solar-power companies to install similar panel arrays and sell the power back to Edison, up to an additional 250 megawatts.

Edison says the 500 total megawatts makes the project “the largest photovoltaic program ever undertaken.”
“The program will create hundreds of neighborhood solar power plants, strengthen local grid reliability and produce hundreds of new green jobs to bolster Southern California’s economic recovery,” Edison International Chairman and CEO Theodore F. Craver Jr., said in a statement.