Archive: June 2015

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Do I need to write a cover letter?

  • by Lindsay Guthrie
  • | Monday, June 22nd, 2015

One of the top five most common questions I receive:  It says cover letter optional, do I need to write a cover letter?

Yes, yes, and well yes.  Will cover letters still exist in 10 years?  I don’t know, but they do still exist now.  When I was a hiring manager in consulting, I generally used cover letters for three things:

1) it let me gauge how truly interested the applicant was in the role – did they tailor it to my position?

2) tie breaker, I like two resumes a lot, but can only bring in one person

3) .... Read More


The Three Most Important Parts of your LinkedIn Profile

  • by Lindsay Guthrie
  • | Friday, June 12th, 2015

1) Your Photo.  Remember when your teacher told you that a picture is worth a thousand words, well. . . same goes for the LinkedIn profile photo.  There are practical reasons to have a photo – for instance, LinkedIn will raise your profile higher in search criteria (when a headhunter or recruiter is searching) based on how complete your profile is and having a photo increases your completeness percent (want to know how complete your profile is?  go into LinkedIn and under profile, choose edit, and it will give you a percent completion in the top right).  For less practical .... Read More