We have been working diligently behind the scenes improving some aspects of Quivee for you. I appreciate all the feedback you have sent thus far, and can’t wait to show you what has changed.
See you soon!
I hope Quivee has been helping you in your job search. Just wanted to send a message and let you know that we are working on different iterations of Quivee, trying to see what would help aid you in your search most effectively. If you have any comments as far as what you like/don’t like, feel free to send a comment to us!
Hey Guys – Just wanted to send a friendly update and let you know that we are still working on Quivee, trying to make things better for all of the job seekers out there. Thanks again for all of the support!
I know the feeling. I recently read the book “Quitter” by John Acuff and think you should too. In it, John describes what he calls “incubating” your dream job. The basic principles are simple: while you’re working somewhere you might not be in love with, you are pursuing that new career on the side. What you are NOT doing is quitting your current job and jumping head first into a full court press of a job hunt.
Sure, you will be free from he shackles of your old job; but what about all of those bills? Will they wait while you scour the Internet looking for a new gig? The answer is no, trust me.
Do what you have to do (at 100%) at your current job, and keep grinding away. When an opportunity pops up (the right one) grab it.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. If you want help getting a job, you need to stand out. Sending in your resume is great, but how can you make it Pop? If you know someone at the company, awesome. Have them follow up and submit your resume through their recommendation track. If you don’t know anyone, then you’re like most of us. Alone in the wilderness, fighting for scraps.
That’s dramatic, yes. Too much? Maybe. To at least make your name “Ring a Bell” try to do some hunting. Google search for HR “Company X” rep. Sort through some LinkedIn profiles and find your person. Now, this is the tricky part: using an “email checker” begin guessing (company emails are so predictable) the persons work email. The email checker will tell you if it’s a valid email, and if it is, send an introduction email with your resume attached AFTER you applied using the requested route.
Some reps will respond, some won’t; but don’t get discouraged. Combining this effort with a solid cover letter and resume could be all you need to get that interview!
If you don’t have time to send the email or apply, save the job to your Quivee. Organize all of the job listings you are going to apply to, and leave a note for yourself with the HR rep’s information.
Make it so,
Posted by AJ Lagomarsino
Let’s face it, 2012 was not the year you were going to find a new job. The economy was still in a slow recovery and the end of the world was just around the corner. Luckily for you the Mayans were wrong, allowing 2013 to be your year. The horizon is bright on the job front, and I’m going to tell you why today’s the day you should start looking for a new career!
Companies are Ready to Make It Rain
Most companies follow a fiscal year that parallels our standard January-December calendar. In order to keep shareholders happy, companies will normally set fairly loft goals in the beginning of the year. As they enter the last quarter most companies will do anything they can to cut costs to hit their goals, this includes limiting travel, entertainment, and personnel expenses. It’s safe to assume if they want to slow down what they’re spending on personnel, they’ll opt for a hiring freeze until the end of the year. Well guess what! It’s a new year with new budgets, so take advantage of it before it runs out.
Countdown to More Competition
Like it or not, 4-5 months from now the competition for jobs is really going to heat up (especially for entry level positions). You may be asking yourself, what’s this ticking time bomb that’s going to blow away my chances at getting a new job. That would be the Class of 2013. Come summertime the competition is going to get a lot fiercer than it is right now, so why not start looking immediately. If you get started today, you could be celebrating the new job you found in February with a margarita on the beach in July. (For you guys in college, why not lay off the beer pong one night a week and get a head start on your classmates?)
Procrastination is Like a Rocking Chair
To steal a quote of Van Wilder, “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” The same thing could be said for procrastination. I’ve put many things off in my life (including writing this blog post) and it always ends up in the same fashion, me running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. I’ve learned over time, it’s a lot easier to take care of the important things today, so you can enjoy tomorrow. So buckle down, work on that resume and send it to a job you really want. Also, don’t forget to increase your chances by tracking the progress using Quivee.
A cover letter is, in a nutshell, the movie trailer to your resume. The movie trailer is only thirty seconds of highlights, but at the end of it, you are going to turn to your friend and decide whether or not you are going to see that movie. An employer is only going to take thirty seconds to look at your cover letter, but it could be the difference between your resume being read or disposed of in some eco-friendly manner. Because of this, it is important to provide a brief but effective cover letter. There are three parts to a cover letter that you should be concerned with, each representing its own paragraph:
- Where did you hear about the job, and what position are you interested in?
- What makes you the best candidate, and how do your values align with the company’s values?
- State that you are looking forward to meeting and discussing more in an interview
Before we get into the details of what each of the three paragraphs should contain, it is important that you address the cover letter properly. How do you do that? Well, pay attention:
- Your name and contact information
- Company and Date
- Name of the HR Manager or Contact Person (do your research)
- Dear Mr./Ms. (NEVER Mrs.) Jones,
Okay, now that we have the Heading settled, it’s time to write the first paragraph. Here, you want to use the EXACT job title and job number (if applicable). This is because many companies use the same title for jobs that have different responsibilities. For example, there may be four postings for a medical assistant at a Physician’s office. Each medical assistant may have varied responsibilities ranging from taking patient vital signs to filing medical records. Make sure you are applying for the correct position. In addition, mention where you saw the job posting (indeed.com, newpaper ad, friend, etc.). Here’s how your first paragraph should look:
I am responding to your advertisement for a Medical Assistant, on indeed.com, job number 12345 at Kennedy Health System Stratford Division.
That is literally all you need to write for your first paragraph. No more than 1-2 sentences.
The second paragraph is going to be the meat and potatoes of your cover letter stew. Here, you are going to align your values with the company’s values. How do you know what the company’s values are? Research the Company! Look at their website, find their mission and/or vision statement and use that information to learn what their values are. Then combine your values with theirs. Here’s how your second paragraph should look:
I meet all the requirements of the position and have a true interest in working for Kennedy Health System. Kennedy Health System has set a standard of excellence as an Academic Medical Center that provides the finest healthcare services with excellent outcomes to people living in our communities. I aspire to work for a health care provider with these high standards as they align with my work ethic and desire to help others. I know I can become a vital part of an exceptional organization with my education, experience and desire to make a difference in the lives of people needing medical care.
Your third and final paragraph should be brief and conclude with an expectation of an interview. Be sure to thank the employer at this time. Here’s how your third paragraph should look:
I look forward to meeting with you to further discuss my qualifications. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Finally, conclude with a closer, such as “highest regards”, “sincerely”, etc. followed by a few open lines before typing your name, so that you may sign the cover letter.
Remember to PROOFREAD each and every cover letter you write, as one typo can be the difference between an interview and the recycle bin. Attention to detail is EVERYTHING when it comes to setting yourself apart from other applicants. Make sure that you change your cover letter for each job you apply to, and make sure you change the heading to reflect the company you are applying to.
The Holy Grail Guest post by Cornell Thomas of powerofpositivity.net/
Looking for a job in this economy is sort of similar to the voyage Indiana Jones embarked on in the Last Crusade.
Even though our job hunt isn’t being hindered by gun wielding Nazis the obstacles we face sometimes seem insurmountable.
I have friends with master degrees that are struggling to find work. It seems like the biggest problem I hear is “there just aren’t any jobs out there”
The search becomes so stressful for some that they settle for a job they don’t want or even worse give up hope all together. What if Indy would of just quit!!? We never would of had that awful sequel. (Ok bad example) but you get the point!
Exhaust your resources. Don’t quit after one day of google searching “awesome jobs that pay well”. There are website like this one (http://quivee.com) that help you get organized .
Your holy grail is out there don’t settle for anything less!!
I’ve applied for a TON of jobs in my life. Just like everyone else out there, I was actively searching for something that I liked, and when I found it, I was slapping together a (dreaded) cover letter, attaching my resume, and sending it on it’s way. But let’s think about this: I’m obviously not the only one sending a resume to this post; what’s going to make my resume stand out? Worse yet, what’s going to make mine hit the bottom of the pile?
Sending to satisfy. Don’t act like you’ve never done it! I’m going to be you. Only slightly less attractive, and way more self deprecating:
“Oh man! This job for (insert something that seems way better than what you’re actually doing) is way better than what I’m actually doing, I’m totally going to apply…right before I (go out, go to sleep, do something that is more appealing at the current moment) I go to sleep. Let me just copy/paste one of these ol’ trusty (have these worked?) cover letter and resume combos in annnnnnd there we go! Done! I’m totally going to hear from them!”
I’ve done this more times than I’d like to admit, and you know how many times I’ve heard back? 0% of the time. Now, I’m not saying you couldn’t have success in this scenario, I’m just saying I never have. You would think with a smile like this I would have by now.
The problem is, that I was rushing the process; not taking time with each application and treating them like an individual, special, and unique job. Had I created a new cover letter that was specific to their requirements, reordered (NOT CHANGED) my work experience so that the more relevant information was on top, who knows what the outcome would have been.
If you’re not prepared to invest the time in the application, don’t send it. Plain and simple. Come back to it in the morning, or after work. Skip sending to satisfy, forget that immediate gratitude. For god sakes, store it in your Quivee with the rest of your prospective job openings.
You’ll thank yourself later when you get a response.
Applying for jobs can be a tireless and sometimes (most of the time?) an all around depressing time. Sending out countless emails, and filling out a job site’s quirky and new application; we get it. Is there something to at least alleviate a little of the pain, cut down on some clutter, possibly just make it nicer to look at? In a word: yes.
Quivee is a job search organizer, a job application tracker, and an all around good time. The reason I created it was simple: I was tired of emailing myself applications that I wanted to apply for when I had time. I was tired of making spreadsheets, or word documents stashing the URL to the post, and I was confused as to which jobs I had applied for. I had even applied for the same job twice on more than one occasion — something I’m not ashamed to say.
All of these things helped shape what Quivee is today. See this list for what we can help with:
- Laundry (not true, just wanted to see if you were listening)
- Saving a job you want to apply for but don’t have the time to
You can use our applet or the traditional copy/paste method. With the applet installed (drag it to your bookmarks bar), click “save to Quivee” and we will save the job to your stash for when you want to sit down and apply/when you have the necessary materials (resume, cover letter, TIME.)If you don’t use the applet, copy/paste the URL into Quivee. If we recognize the URL we will categorize it for you. If we don’t, you can fill in the blanks yourself. Same concept.
- Keeping track of if you’ve applied to the job yet; your application status.
If you haven’t had time to apply yet, just leave the saved job listing as “Pending.” If you’ve applied, change it to, you guessed it: “Applied”, and if you’ve heard a reply, change it to “Replied.”
When you save a job into Quivee, the interface looks like this. We save the important information, and verifying your application status is easy; just click and change the button!
The goal here is to be able to access this information from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and the jobs you want to apply to are right there — which is a good thing…we like to think.
Last, but certainly not least, is our “more information” page. When you click on Listing Title, it leads you to the more information page. In it we saved the most of the job requirements for an easy reminder of what job you’re looking at. We also offer a link to the original listing, in case you want to see the Job Requirements in more detail. We have Google Maps integration to see how far the job is from your house; just click on the directions tab and enter your address.
We know the saving jobs isn’t new, and that people have been doing it on individual job sites, and on paper for years. Our goal is to let Quivee be the one site we can use to save, organize, and submit from. With all of the job boards out there, and all of the individual career openings on company websites, it makes things much easier.
We are right there with you. The job hunt should be exciting, accessible, and ongoing. Keep checking in as we go through the journey together sharing stories and advice.
In the mean time, click on the Quivee logo and give us a shot. Let us help you on YOUR journey today.