A cover letter in today's employment environment should not be a rehash of your resume. This module will show you how to create a letter that drives the reader to your custom resume, that in turn, motivates the reader to invite you to an interview.
Next Meeting, Saturday, June 28, 2014 Workshop - Writing an Effective Cover Letter
Ever wonder why so many companies choose internal job candidates over external ones? Or why so many outside hires leave a company shortly after starting their new jobs? Unfortunately, too few job applicants take the time to get a feel for the target company’s work atmosphere or culture during the interview process which in turn can lead to a ‘bad fit’ and a horrible job experience.
If you don't line up well with the company’s way of thinking, doing business and your supervisors expectational values, it will be very difficult to develop successful working relationships with those you work with and those around you, whether or not, you can excel in the job.
You can also learn a lot from doing some research on the company and finding out how management at the company treats the employees who leave or are asked to leave?
Many companies are starting to consciously look at cultural fit during the hiring process. They are doing this because the risk of a potential mismatch between you and the values of the company can be quite expensive for all parties involved if something doesn’t work out.
Although you may look like the perfect fit on your resume with all the right skills and experience the company is looking for, if you as a candidate do not have the required behavioral and personality traits to fit in with the team and the company’s personality, the employment marriage will surely end in a quickie divorce.
What is Cultural Fit?
According to Dictionary.com the word “culture” is defined as “The total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group.”
Culture is also further defined in the business literature as the workplace environment which is made up of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviors shared by senior management of the company. It is also the behavior that results when a group of employees arrive at a set of generally unspoken and unwritten rules for working together.
“Fit”, on the other hand, is defined by Dictionary.com as “adapted or suited” for the subject at hand. “Job fit” also refers to the degree to which the candidate’s skills and experience are relevant to the job and the degree to which the potential hire finds the position’s activities and responsibilities rewarding and fulfilling.
In other words, you are considered a cultural fit if you can, in addition to performing your job well, contribute faster to the company than another potential candidate for the same position.
Clues to a company’s culture
Some companies are starting to provide information about themselves and their culture in their position postings. The hope is that applicants will self-screen out when they see keywords that don't support their job values or lifestyles.
For example, someone looking for a 40-hour week will likely take a pass if the posting says the position indicates longer than usual hours, while a candidate who enjoys a team environment may pass over a position that requires telecommuting from home for example.
What do interviewers look for to see if you are a good cultural fit?
During the interview process, interviewers may consciously, but more likely unconsciously, look for your:
In other words will you take your job seriously and be willing to make the commitment in the department to be a success with your new company.
Personality is hard to quantify in an interview. However, interviewers may be looking to see if you:
What’s the best way to show you are a good cultural fit?
What can you do?
Start by checking ‘references’ on as many people you can with whom you interviewed with. If you asked for their business cards during the interview you will have enough information to get started.
Next Meeting, Saturday, June 21, 2014 Workshop - Time Management: Gain control of the time in your life
Too much to do and not enough time? Have trouble saying "No" to others who ask for your help? Too busy concentrating on being busy rather than concentrating on getting results? Learn how to gain control of your life and free-up the 80% of the time you are spending doing 20% of the unimportant tasks.
Next Meeting, Saturday, June 14, Workshop - Effective Listening: I can hear you now!
It has been said that some of the best conversationalist's are good listeners. If we all have the same ears and they work the same way, how is it we don't all hear the same thing? This workshop will teach you the quickest way to gain a person's trust and show them you are listening.
Learn how to communicate your desires, needs and opinions in a non-aggressive, clear and honest way while remaining respectful of others.
Chuck Castagnolo is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridges to Jobs