These Are the Cover Letter Mistakes That Keep You From Getting an Interview

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We’ve all had the experience of applying for a job online—you submit your resume and cover letter into the dark abyss of some online hiring portal and, aside from an auto-generated “Thanks for applying!” email, you never hear another peep from the employer.

“They got like a million applications, don’t take it personally,” your friends tell you. Yes, it’s true, they probably did get a million applications, which is why there are so many articles out there about how to write cover letters and craft visually appealing, action-oriented resumes to make yours stand out.

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But too often there are tiny, easily correctible mistakes you’re making in your cover letter that damn you to the “no” pile before anyone even gets to your credentials. We spoke with dozens of executives and hiring managers in industries including tech, media, advertising and academia to get their biggest cover letter pet peeves.

You’ve got typos or grammatical errors (especially true if the job involves writing in any capacity).

Spell check. Grammar check. Read the letter out loud. You’d be surprised how many errors you catch that way. “For some positions, a single typo is enough to get you to the ‘No, thank you’ pile,” says Ruth Ann Harnisch, President of The Harnisch Foundation.

You use an archaic or sexist greeting (e.g., “Dear Sir”).

It’s 2017. If you’re inclined to write “Dear Sir” or even “Dear Sir or Madam,” we suggest you reconsider. The likelihood that the person on the other end of your letter is not a “sir” is high; the likelihood that they are neither a sir nor a madam, or that they object to being addressed as such, is quite possible as well.

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“To Whom It May Concern” works; “To the hiring team at [Company Name]” is good. If you can find out the name of the HR representative or hiring manager, all the better—“Dear Ms. Kirsch and the hiring staff at Lifehacker” shows you did your homework.

You use too casual a greeting (e.g. “Hi,” “Hi there,” “Hey!”).

Just as you don’t want to go too formal, neither do you want to open your letter with the equivalent of showing up for an interview in a dirty sweatsuit. This is not a Tinder message, it’s a cover letter for a job you ostensibly want.

You have no greeting at all.

There are human beings reading these letters (until the robots take all our jobs), so take every opportunity you get to address those humans. A letter with no greeting looks like a personal statement on the Common App— which is to say, a boring, pro forma exercise that nobody wants to read.

You don’t mention the name of the company you’re applying to.

This one came up a lot. Personalize your cover letters! Yes, it takes a few moments extra to show that you actually took a look at the company and the position for which you’re applying, but it’s essential. “I am writing to apply for the [position] at [Company]. Then say specifically why you are quite perfect for said position and you’re dying to work for said company.

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“Cover letters that generically refer to “the position” and never mention the company by name and seem like they could have been copy pasted and sent to 1000 random companies” are nonstarters, says Nisha Chittal, Engagement Editor at Racked. “Show me why you care about my company and this specific position.”

One of the factors that managers look at when hiring is how much you want the job. You need not beg, but there’s absolutely nothing gained by seeming completely uninterested in the position.

You have clearly just swapped in the name of the company you’re applying to for the name of another company but otherwise the letter is impersonal.

See above. They’re on to your tricks.

You don’t seem enthusiastic about working for this particular company.

Your cover letter is the first thing hiring managers see when they’re evaluating your candidacy. Do not play hard to get! Do not appear not to care about getting the job. You want it! You can say so! Unlike, say, asking someone to the winter formal, it’s not a terrible thing to seem enthusiastic about wanting this.

You don’t translate your current experience to the job for which you’re applying.

“If you’re applying for an editorial position, but all of your past experience is in marketing, and you don’t explain why you’re qualified to make the transition in a cover letter, that’s a pretty clear no,” says Adrian Granzella Larsen, Editor-at-Large for The Muse. If the experience on your resume does not appear to have anything to do with the position, the cover letter is the place to explain this.

You assume something untrue about the company (e.g., “I know your company has had a rough year and is going through a reorganization…”).

Show that you have done your research, but be careful of parroting something you read about the company in the trades that may or not be true—especially if it’s not especially flattering.

You speak ill of your current or former employers (this goes for interviews as well).

Even though you’re dying to get out of your current job, save the gripes. The new company doesn’t care about your old job woes; they want someone to join their team who has a positive attitude.

You get the wrong company name wrong, or you misspell it.

Yeah, you’re applying to every job Indeed spit out that remotely fits your parameters, but if you say “I think I’d be a great asset at the Ford Motor Company” and you’re applying to work at Tesla, the Tesla HR person is already moving on to the next candidate.

You misspell the name of the hiring manager.

Better to use a generic “To Whom It May Concern” than to eff this up.

You say this job would be a “great stepping stone” for you.

Just because it’s true doesn’t mean you say so. Anything that telegraphs “I am not in it for the long haul,” “I am too good for you” or “This job is way beneath me and I’m only applying for the benefits” is a bad idea.

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What cover letter mistakes have you observed? What cover letter crimes have you committed? Tell us in the comments.

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Virtual reality set to totally transform DJing, and Japan explains

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What would make DJing with vinyl better? Why, DJing with vinyl as a disembodied invisible person in virtual reality with virtual vinyl on virtual decks!

At this point, you’ve probably got many questions, like “what?” and “why?” Okay, mostly “why?”

And to answer that question, we obviously need someone Japan, where it’s always the future. And in that future, you get to PUT CRAZY MUSIC TOGETHER AND THROW RECORDS OUT OF YOUR CRATE AT THE WALLS OF YOUR VIRTUAL LOFT. Watch:

I could seriously watch that all day.

But if you’re not sold yet, you need the review, as … translated badly from Twitter translation from Japanese:

Try saw VDJ Simulator that vinyl Reality. Made easy with the vinyl DJ and quite enjoyable.
I expect and features will be added in the update now so super.

Really, wrong-Japanese-to-English translation is better than normal English. You do realize the first thing we’ll do when we have automatic translation is not talk to one another in foreign languages, but translate our own language into nonsense.

Speaking of which – this comes from a Twitter user described as:

The video deck of the comprehensive entertainment unit “DESCO GRAPHICS”. Again, I started quoting Mr. Beeya ‘s manga on the icon image without permission.

Also, if you want to track those features so super:

http://bit.ly/2A11tOl

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Your Own Little World

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Open concept got you closed off?! These trendy types of workspaces make for a great teamwork atmosphere but not so much for introverts and anyone who might need a regular social break. Designed with this in mind, the Planet provides a private, quiet space for anyone who needs it.

Whether they’re taking a call or taking a break, this enveloping capsule closes the user off from external visual and audible disturbances so they can relax, reset or focus without disruption.

Its interesting geometry and inviting aesthetic make the chair itself a visual focal point in any space. Great in pairs or as a singular privacy solution, it’s also ideal for airports, hotel lobbies and more!

Designer: MZPA Design

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29 ways you’re annoying everyone in the office

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  • Everyone has bad workplace habits
  • Whether you realize it or not, they could be driving your coworkers nuts.
  • You’re best avoiding certain habits at work, like eating smelly food at your desk or talking politics.

Americans with full-time jobs spend about a third of their weekdays at work.

So it’s understandable that in all that time you spend around your coworkers and bosses, you’re bound to let a bad habit or two slip.

Many of these office faux pas, however, may be avoided — you just need to know what it is that drives everyone around you nuts.

For the sake of your office compatriots, take a moment to remind yourself what behavior at work may be negatively affecting others.

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Showing up late to work

"Punctuality is critical," says Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, an etiquette and civility expert and author of "Don’t Burp in the Boardroom."

"The professional thing to do is to arrive on time, ready to do what is expected. It’s not like they just sprung this job on you," she says.

Rolling in 10 minutes late to every meeting

Similarly, arriving late to meetings shows that you neither respect your coworkers — who showed up on time, by the way — nor the meeting organizer, Vicky Oliver, author of "301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions," tells Business Insider.

"Keeping people waiting can be construed as inconsiderate, rude, or arrogant," Randall says.

Calling in sick when you aren’t

"Remember the adage that half of life is showing up," Oliver says.

You won’t prove you deserve the promotion if you call in sick every few weeks.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Aston Martin just replaced the most successful model in company history with a car straight out of a Bond movie

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  • Aston Martin unveiled the new Vantage sports car on Tuesday.
  • It will be powered by a 503 horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8.
  • The new Vantage will arrive in 2018 with a price tag of $149,995. 

After more than a decade of faithful service, it has come time for Aston Martin to retire the venerable Vantage sports car. To replace the most successful model in company history is no small feat. But that’s exactly what Aston Martin has done with the unveiling of its next-generation Vantage on Tuesday.

"I’m enormously excited by what we’ve created: a new Vantage that’s more explicit in looks and intent, wrapping heart-pounding performance and dazzling dynamics into an everyday usable package," Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said in a statement. "A true sports car with a sharper look and a keener dynamic edge, the new Vantage is the Aston Martin pure driving machine enthusiasts have been waiting for."

With a long hood, fastback tail, sleek greenhouse, and perfect proportions, the Vantage is undeniably an Aston Martin. It’s the latest work of Aston design boss Marek Reichman and draws heavily from the DB10 movie car created for James Bond’s 24th adventure in 2015’s "Spectre."

Aston Martin Vantage Tungsten Silver_10Under the Aston’s stylish hood lives a 4.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that’s shared with the company’s pricier DB11 V8 Coupe and Volante convertible. Here, it produces 503 horsepower. Mated to a rear-mounted, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, Aston claims the Vantage can hit 60mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The 3,373-pounds sports car is good for a manufacturer-claimed top speed of 195 mph.

Roughly 70% of the Vantage’s rigid and lightweight bonded aluminum structure is brand new. With the engine set low and as far back in the chassis as possible, Aston has managed to achieve perfect 50:50, front to rear weight distribution.

Aston Martin Vantage ungsten Silver_20In addition, the Vantage will be loaded with the latest high tech goodies in Aston Martin’s arsenal. This includes dynamic stability control, dynamic torque vectoring, active dampers, and electronic rear differential, a company first.

Inside, the Vantage’s cabin comes in several flavors with more luxury-minded versions getting Aston’s traditional leather and wood treatment, while more sporting interiors will receive a heavier dose of Alcantara and carbon fiber. The Vantage will also get an 8-inch LCD screen running a Mercedes-Benz-sourced infotainment system. 

The new Aston Martin Vantage is expected to arrive in US showrooms sometime during the second quarter of 2018 with a price tag of $149,995.

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