We’ve been talking about some of the ways candidates can use the wrong words to wreck their resumes and cover letters, in Part 1 and Part 2. The bottom line is to proof yourself closely, as our examples were all instances where the spell-checker can’t save you. This time, I want to turn the discussion to how to make a great first impression with an awesome cover letter. I’ve got three points to make – do your homework, bring yourself to life, and be brief. Go Beyond the Ad First, you have to do your research and personalize your cover…

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In my last post, I showed you some of the common writing mistakes our team has recently seen in applicant cover letters and resumes. Yes, these are real examples! I’d like to continue with that theme and point out a few more problems that you can easily avoid. Here at HireArt, we’re seeing more and more competition for sales and service jobs up and down the org chart. Some positions attract as many as 100 similar applicants, all trying hard to get noticed. When your resume and cover letter are polished, you are in a strong position because you show…

Read More Common Writing Mistakes For Job Applicants – Part 2

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of common mistakes that applicants make when they are trying to put their best foot forward. Landing your next dream job takes a lot of writing skill, whether you’re updating your resume, smoothing your cover letter, or simply emailing back and forth as you set up phone screens and interviews. In this blog post I’ll show you some common mistakes that applicants make on their cover letters and resumes, and I’ll show you how to fix them. I’ll provide you with some links you can bookmark for the next time you feel uneasy…

Read More Common Writing Mistakes For Applicants – Part 1

Every day we speak to people who ask us which early-stage tech companies they should work for. There are thousands of early stage companies, and it can be overwhelming to begin a search to find the team that is right for you. We have constructed a list of early-stage start-ups that we think have real potential. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all great early-stage companies, but we believe it’s a great starting point. The criteria we used to construct this list are: Company was funded in the last 12 months and has not exited, and therefore…

Read More Finding the right early-stage startup to work for – a simple method

You’re probably reading this post because you want to apply to Y Combinator. If you’re thinking of applying my best advice is: Just do it. You may get in or you may not, but at least you’ll have tried. Being scared of rejection should not dissuade you from applying — if you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to put yourself in many situations in which rejection is a real possibility, so this is a great place to start. I’ll be honest: When we applied to YC, I was so scared we wouldn’t get in that I…

Read More Fear of Rejection when Applying to Y Combinator

Most employers underestimate the importance of a well-written job description. Today the WSJ featured us in their article on writing better job descriptions. You can access the article here. We’ve gotten a few emails asking how to write a better job description. Here’s our brief advice: 1. Make it memorable: Make sure candidates remember your job even after they close the browser window. It can be funny, sweet, intellectual, or any other style as long as it stands out. 2. Speak to your audience: Writing a job description is much like writing marketing copy. Start by asking yourself “whom am…

Read More How to write better job descriptions (and why it matters)

As of yesterday, we’ve rolled out a few new products and product updates that we hope will significantly improve both the candidate and employer experience. On the employer side, we have an entirely new product, which we hope will make HireArt’s recruiting services available to more companies. On the candidate side, we’ve made browsing and applying to jobs easier than ever, allowing candidates to reuse video answers and work samples. For Employers So far, HireArt had offered one product: a headhunting search style product powered by our video and work sample interviews and priced at 10% of the first year…

Read More HireArt 2.0

Today I got an email from a frustrated applicant. He wrote: “I am not interested in a position that requires “video” communications.  I realize this may be very convenient and cost effective for HireArt, but it does not appeal to me at all.  While I certainly believe in technology,  I feel video  it goes too far and is very impersonal.” I realize that this is the way quite a lot of people feel, so this is what I said to him. Not sure it’s sufficient, but hopefully a start. Hi, I totally understand if you feel that it’s not personal.…

Read More Q&A: Why video interviewing?

Recently I’ve spoken to a few candidates with the same problem: They are good at a lot of different skills and they have an amazingly diverse background. Our careers are much less linear than those of our parents, so it’s not uncommon for candidates to have experience in various functions. But sometimes these are the very candidates who struggle most with finding jobs. Employers perceive them as having an “unorganized” resume or being “hard to read.” Below is a question I received recently and my response. Question: I am a former non-profit executive – turned real estate rock-star – turned freelance copy-writer and editor.…

Read More What if I am good at everything…?

With Valentine’s Day coming up, love is in the air. For some people this is a time to celebrate a relationship. For others it’s a time to get drunk with friends and rejoice in singlehood. But very few people will take Valentine’s Day as a chance to think about jobs (sounds scary right?). And yet, when you think of it, finding a job is very much like dating . So here are our tips about what lessons you can apply from dating to finding a job: 1. First impressions matter In dating, as in job-hunting, first impression and nuanced signals…

Read More Valentine’s Day: Why Getting a Job is Just like Dating