September, 2016

An Elusive Cover Letter – Is It Needed and How to Write

A cover letter is perhaps the most baffling part of the recruitment process. Your motivation seems straightforward – you need to earn money. So what is the point of writing a separate letter about this? And yet everybody seem to expect it. What to do? I’ll focus today on why and when a cover letter is necessary, how to write one and what the most common mistakes are when drafting it Letter from the past Let us start by investigating the origin of the cover letter idea. Nowadays, it seems to be a totally unnecessary step, but cover letters start to make sense if you go back 10-15 years. In those ancient times, candidates had to physically post their applications,…

Read More
How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

How to Apply When There is No Open Vacancy

Many people I’ve met think that you shouldn’t apply to a company that doesn’t advertise a vacancy suitable for your profile. However, sending your CV to the firm is often the best (if not only) way to let them know you exist! Very specialist companies or small firms don’t have funds (or manpower) to advertise their vacancies widely. An application sent directly indicates that the candidate behind it knows about the firm and his motivation to join it is high, so in many cases this is the ideal person to talk to when an employment need arises. When you decide to apply to a company not currently advertising any vacancy you want to do it right. Here’s my checklist:  Find…

Read More