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August 13, 2013

Mark asks…

Where can I find sample cover letters for a leasing agent?

I need an entry level Cover letter for an available leasing agent position that I found available. I have a lot of customer service and sales experience – but not within the apartment industry. Also I guess it needs to be somewhat generic as the posting is on Craiglist and there is no company information for me to do research on! PLEASE HELP – I WOULD LOVE TO LAND THIS JOB!

Administrator answers:

First of all, if there is no company info, then it is most likely a non existent opening; that website is full of them !! My suggestion (from lots of experience with C’slist) is to just send a short email to the address at the top of the ad and if no response in a day, then it’s not legitimate. I always will verify an ad on there, if there’s a phone # or address by using www.whitepages.com and the “reverse search” feature. If this ad is legit ( and for future job hunting) there are many online cover letter & resume sites that have free samples/templates to use as examples

Carol asks…

what’s a good objective to write on a resume for office clerical?

Something good for general office & receptionist. Im really stuck on it. Please help thanx!

Administrator answers:

Selecting information for your resume
The best way to select information that belongs on your resume is to think like an employer. Ask yourself, “If I were hiring a person for this position, what training and experience would be related?” Give brief, specific, positive information that would be of interest to your next employer. Do not give unrelated or negative information.

A standard resume should include…
Contact information

Tell the employer your full name, street address, apartment number, city, state, zip code and telephone number (including area code).

Employment goal or job objective

Tell the employer the specific job you are interested in. Good examples are, “An entry-level clerical position”, “A customer-service position in the retail industry”, or, “A manufacturing position utilizing my five years of quality control experience.”

Avoid vague statements like, “A position with growth potential”, or, “A challenging position with a stable company.” Remember, keep it simple and to the point.

Summary of Qualifications

Tell the employer your major selling points in 3-5 lines. Be brief, summarize, give facts — not opinions. (This section is optional)

Work Experience or Work History

Tell the employer about your work experience in one of two ways — either by job titles and dates, or by functions and skills. Later in the publication you will see outlines and sample resumes which will help you decide which way would work best for you.

Education

Tell the employer about any job-related training or education. List your most recent training first.

If you are a recent graduate with little work experience, you might want to list the following information before your work history: the name of the school, the degree or certificate received, dates, course titles related to your job goal, scholarships, honors, grades, and extracurricular activities.

If you have been working for over five years, you don’t need to give as much information about your education. Name the school, city, state, degree or certificate, or course work and dates (dates are optional).

Include your high school unless you have a higher degree. Never include your grade school or middle school.

Military Experience

Tell the employer the branch of service, your highest rank, type of discharge, and date of separation. List any special assignments, duties, clearances, collateral duties, and decorations that relate to the job that you are seeking. Technical military training can be listed under the Education heading on your resume. (A Military heading is only listed if you have military experience.)

Special Skills and Abilities

Tell the employer any other information you feel might help you. (This section is optional.) You might want to include information about knowledge of foreign languages, volunteer or leisure activities, memberships in professional organizations, special skills such as typing, computers, machines you can operate, licenses or certificates you possess. Do not provide personal information such as your age, sex, marital status, or handicaps.

References

Tell the employer simply that, “References are available upon request,” or, “References gladly furnished upon request.” Do not list references on your resume. Instead, have them typed on a separate sheet of paper and have them available if the employer asks for them. You should have three to five references listed. They should be people who know you and your work — not your relatives. Be sure to get each person’s permission to use him or her as a reference.

Resume Outlines and Examples
The following pages have outlines and examples of two of the most commonly used basic resumes.

Example 1 lists each job separately, starting with your most recent job and working backward. Specific information is given about each job.

Example 1: Outline and resume

Example 2 lists the 3-5 skill areas or functions you performed that are related to your present job goal, briefly describing the work you’ve done within each area. Very little attention is given to when and where.

Example 2: Outline and resume

Cover Letter
Most employers prefer that a resume be mailed with a letter of introduction. This letter is called a cover letter. A cover letter should tell the employer which position you are interested in and why you are qualified for the position.

It should cover 1/3 to 2/3 of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper and should be on the same size, grade, and color of paper as your resume. It is best to use a personal computer, word processor or typewriter to write your cover letter. Some information in your cover letter may also be on your resume; it is all right to have some overlapping information. Be sure your letter does not have spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors. Have another person proofread it before you mail it.

Example 3: Cover letter

Application Letter: An Alternative to a Resume
In some situations, a traditional resume might not be the best way to contact an employer. Depending on the employer’s preference, the field of work and your qualifications, you may want to use a Letter of Application.

This is a personal letter you write to an employer that tells which position you are interested in and why you are qualified for that position. It should fill 1/2 to 2/3 of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of white or light-colored bond paper. It must be error free. Have another person look it over to make sure it is perfect before you mail it.

An outline and a sample for a Letter of Application follow.

Example 4: Application letter

Resume Checklist
Use 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, 1-2 pages

Choose ivory, white, cream, buff or light gray paper

Use personal computer, word processor, typewriter or typesetting

Keep margins 1″ wide at sides and bottom

Check for and correct any spelling, punctuation, typing or grammatical errors

Write short and to-the-point statements

Keep it brief; write a summary, not a life history!

Use short phrases beginning with action words to demonstrate accomplishments and results

Provide positive and honest information

Use a simple, professional, easy-to-read style

Have others look it over to make sure it’s perfect

Leave off personal information such as height, weight, age, sex, marital status

Emphasize important information by underlining or using capital letters when appropriate, but don’t overdo it

Don’t list wages, company street addresses, references, salary requirements, personal problems

Provide examples of your qualifications

Look at your resume through the eyes of an employer and ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would I want to interview this person?”

Mandy asks…

How many companies did you apply to before receiving a job offer to teach English abroad in Asia?

South Korea, Japan, and China specifically.

Administrator answers:

The first time I taught abroad I went to Korea to work for GEPIK. I did go through a recruiter. I sent in my resume and was told I would have a job for a public school in Korea as soon as I had my bavground check.

EPIK(rural Korea and Seoul) and GEPIK (involving the doughnut shaped province that surrounds Seoul) require “native English Speaker.” Salary varies from 2 million won to 2.5 million won depending on your experience and qualifications (2,000-2,500 USD roughly) plus a one time settling fee (to buy pots, pans, etc). If you finish your contract you get a months salary as a bonus. You are given an apartment (which is paid for by the school) and there are often workshops. You work 8 hours a day 5 days a week, but you should only teach 22 hours a week.

This was about 5 years ago.

When looking for jobs, or when getting job offers remember to keep three things in mind.

1. Is it legal? I always avoided anything that appears to be under the table. First, because I hate breaking the law (yes yes I am a goodie goodie) and second because I planned on spending most of my life living abroad; the last thing I needed was to be blacklisted from visiting some country because of visa violations.

2. Is it verifiable? Google those people! Use your blind date stalking skills for good. Google e-mail addresses names, the company. Check out their LinkedIn profiles. Check blogs for past employees. Ask to speak to past/current employees.

3. Is it survivable? A lot of the programs I am going to mention don’t pay tons of money, but they do give you enough based on what you are doing. If you are working 80 hours a week with a homestay and may still struggle to make ends meet, I wouldn’t recommend it.

There are also a few programs out there for people without a BA. In Korea I know of TALK. It is kinda like an internship because you can do it before your BA: You have to be a “native English speaker” meaning that you are a citizen of : Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or USA. You also need to have an associates degree OR be enrolled in your Bachelors with 2 years of schooling completed. You teach for 15 hours a week (normally in rural areas of Korea) Monday through Friday. Perks? Free outings, your accommodation is provided (sometimes an apartment sometimes homestay) and you make around 1.5million won a month (this is about $1,500 US but it depends on the exchange rate). This program is encouraged for those 35 and under (though they accept people up to 55).

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Susan asks…

What is the best way to relocate from one state to another?

I want to move to NC from SFLA but I don’t know how to begin starting from scratch. Is it easy to get stable in NC like for example find a job, buy a house, is auto insurance cheap? I am twenty years old, I do not have a college degree of any kind, I’ve worked as a file clerk with the same company for 3 years. I have a car. I want to move away from here but I have no clue how to relocate and establish myself. Any tips or personal experience anyone wants to share?

Administrator answers:

Not too hard but requires planning. SO, for auto insurance simply ask for a quote from your current company based on the city you want to live. If they require an address, find an address based on a location you MIGHT want to live. Housing is easy to find on-line and you will have to rent a place at first….Even if you can afford it, don’t buy immediately as you need to find out what the areas are like.
As to a job..that can be difficult and really depends upon both your experience, jobs available in the area, and your ability to sell yourself into that market. You will have to adjust your resume for the job you are applying for though.
I am not sure how much you make at your current job, but likely (no offense) not a lot. So you might want to consider renting a place as a roommate rather than your own apartment. WHile in Chicago (and going through a divorce) I had an apartment downtown off Michigan Ave and extra rooms so I rented one out which worked out great. You will have to interview the people etc over the phone, but have certain guidelines: smoking, drugs, sleep overs, times to go to bed normally, dishes, electric, paying cash for bills/receipt. I would suggest going with a person whom is a professional or student in med school.

Moving your stuff…only take what you really need. Don’t store things as you will likely not go back for them. Minimize your expenses (car paid for?, credit cards?).

Consider even living in a hospice which can be a good place while you look for work. They have rules etc which will work in your favor and the kids there should be able to point you in a good direction.

Returning to work: Your resume needs to be clear…Have it updated with a current address in S FL. Consider that you may have to work in a restaurant waiting tables, washing dishes, etc while you look for the job you want to do. These are great jobs for moving to another location.

Been there, several times…And don’t listen to people like FakeID who obviously did not even read the question. Morons…

Betty asks…

What’s the best way to find a job San Francisco without moving first?

I want to relocate to San Francisco, but I am unsure the best way to get hired without actually living in the area. It seems many employers dismiss your application unless you live in SF.

I want to know how others managed to get hired while applying out of town.

Administrator answers:

Here’s what I would do: (your mileage may vary)

Get a cell phone with a local area code and put that phone number on your resume.
Leave your real address off your resume.
Submit application(s) to companies in the SF area through internet job boards.

Keep in mind that you will have to pay for cost of travel and relocation. It might make sense to rent a studio apartment for a few months so that you have a place to stay when you travel to the area for interviews.

Don’t lie to your prospective employer about where you live if asked. The idea here is to not have your resume tossed out for your location alone. Once you are called, you have a foot in the door to get an interview.

Good luck.

Steven asks…

How can I go about moving to New York City?

I’ve spent a little over two weeks in New York City and it was the best two weeks of my life. It’s all I think about and it’s the one thing I look forward to. My personal definition of “success” means living in New York. The energy of the city is mind-blowing. The people aren’t afraid to be BOLD. Everybody has their own story to tell. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.

(My dream is to write for the New York Times.)

Anyway, I was just wondering if anybody could give me some tips!

Administrator answers:

I moved to NYC from Minneapolis last summer. Here is what I did:

I sold about 90% of my stuff in garage sales and ebay before I moved here. I knew the apartments would be much smaller than what I was used to, and it was a great way to save more money.

I got a large suitcase and packed about a week’s worth of clothes, a suit for job interviews and a few things that reminded me of home. I flew out here and stayed in youth hostel (I was 23) in Chelsea.

I basically surfed Craiglist like it was my bible for about two weeks. Occasionally going to look at apartments until I found one that I liked. It’s much, much too expensive to live on your own or in Manhattan when you first got here. So I would recommend looking at apartment shares in Brooklyn or Queens. Craigslist has a seperate area on their site for people looking for shares (basically an apartment with an open room).

Once I got my housing set up, I immediately started looking for jobs. I had already put my resume together before I arrived in New York, so I started searching the internet (Craigslist again!)_for jobs. I got a part time job within about a week and worked there for about a month or two until I lined up full time employment.

New York is tough. Very tough. But it can also be very rewarding. If you’re planning to move here, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Nothing will come easy for you at first, but if you really want to live here, you’ll make it.

This is just my story. I found that most jobs/potential roomates won’t even give you the time of day if you don’t live in the city. I had sent out some resumes before I arrived and never heard from them again because I did not have a New York address. Millions of people say they’re going to move here all the time. Us New Yorkers know better. Unless you’re already in the city, they won’t waste their time waiting to get you in for an interview.

This is just my experience. Everyone else’s in this city probably differs… But that’s what makes NYC so great!

I hope this helps!

Daniel asks…

What is a nice gift for someone graduating from law school?

Something that doesn’t break the bank! For a male.

Administrator answers:

The easy answer is cash for the student loans :-) But bank-breaking aside, it depends entirely on his situation outside of law school.

If he’s also moving into his own place for the first time, then practical stuff like pots, pans, dishes, rugs, etc. Are good gifts that people don’t always think of for guys but are just as necessary for them to be able to feed themselves. I think some places sell kits that have all the initial basic utensils (from spatula to can opener) you need to stock a first apartment kitchen.

If he’s off to a new job, maybe a nice power-tie or gift certificate to a suit shop.

If he has a hobby that will get pinched because of finances, maybe something for that.

If he’s still spreading resumes, maybe some nice printer stationary for them. You can also get business card deals from print shops ($20 for 200, or around there). A clean, professional business card with degree, address, phone and e-mail can be very useful for networking when searching for a job and makes a good impression on potential contacts.

If he has his own place but it screams “poor grad student”, maybe something to start him off in upscale, like a martini shaker, a couple of glasses, and matching ice bucket would be a good gift.

Grooming equiment, from electric razors and beard trimmers to shoe shine kits, can be useful for a grad student’s first entry into the professional world. Your face and shoes can’t make or break your career, but a professional appearance will help a lot in opening some doors for him.

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