Resume Cover Letter and Interview Answers

This page was last updated on 19th of November 2014
Hello and thanks for stopping by. You are in the right place if you are:
1. A young person seeking answers about how to shine among a crowded field of people, all seeking your job.Resume Cover Letters and Interview Answers

2. Or, a middle aged person between jobs, wondering how to compete in the job market when perceived as over-qualified or facing other situations bordering on age discrimination, whether real or perceived.

Both groups may well benefit from exploring this site. Stick with me for  few minutes and read down to the bottom of the page.  I promise you will walk away with some valuable tips drawn from my extensive background.

Cover letter and interview answers
Life as a Supplemental Contractor

My name is Dave. I am dancing along the distant edge of my middle years. As a so-called ‘contractor’ –or, independent contractor, all of my employment has been temporary in nature. Industry uses people like me to augment their workforce if they need help and aren’t in a position to hire someone ‘permanently.’

In thirty years, the longest assignment I had was two years –that only happened once. Most work assignments were a few months in duration.  Because I always knew that I was a ‘temp’ at the outset of each job, the prospect a lay off didn’t bother me at all.  

Okay, Dave, -quit babbling.  What does that have to do with me?
In all those years of updating my resume, writing cover letters and going to interviews, I got pretty comfortable with it. 

I didn’t do anything special in terms of my resume or cover letter –mainly because I didn’t need to.  Times were good. My services were in demand.  I was young and full of it.

Things changed for me in 2009.  There was soft demand for what I had to offer and no shortage of people doing what I do.  I woke up one day and noticed I was in my fifties. 

For the first time since I was fresh out of school, I had a hard time finding work and realized I needed to tighten up my cover letter and interviewing skills.  

I am here now to show you what I learned -whether you are young, recently out of school or older now, faced with the same dilemma I was.  Let me show you what I was able to learn -with abundant success.

Don’t let me side-track you with this -but, before you go, check the long-term projections for jobs in your state -below (scroll down).

Resume Cover Letter and Interview Answers

There is no shortage of cover letter advice –or interviewing help on the internet.  I looked at what material I could find and noticed there was a common thread running through all of it.  It was all fairly ordinary stuff that (obviously) everyone had access to.  This leads to my ‘economy theory’ which states:

Everything has its price and if you want economy, you’ll have to pay for it.  What that means is, if you use the free stuff, if you fail to adequately prepare to the extent possible, it may cost you.  It may cost you by extending your job search.  It may cost you in terms of another month or two being between jobs.  

Resume Cover Letter: Advice, TipsI was convinced, after not getting many interviews and, after failing miserably at one, I was no longer going to approach the job search without the proper resources, education about the topic, plenty of practice, and more ‘live’ practice in front of people. 

The Big Challenge
 If I was to succeed at standing out among the crowded field, I figured I needed something special; something that fewer people had knowledge of. 

I needed something more advanced, to –not only get an interview, but help me succeed at the interview.

About This Website
 I’ve set up this website to pass along some of what I’ve learned.  You will find discussion and tips about developing both resume cover letters and the skills required to come up with the answers to interview questions that you will have directed at you.

 This is important because without an outstanding cover letter you won’t likely get an interview.  Once you get to the interview, the contents of your cover letter and resume takes a back seat to what’s coming out of your mouth.
This website is divided into two main sections:

  1. Crucial high stakes job search Tools
  2. Recommended Reading

The section for Cover Letters and Interviews is where I give you cover letter information focused on certain types of employment.

Different aspects of the interviewing process are discussed; including types of questions often used in today’s interviewing situations, along with the answers to them that the interviewer expects to hear.

There is currently information and discussion about the following areas:

Cover Letters

Interview Questions And Answers Preparation

Each of these pages offers discussion about the particular topics as they relate to the broader context of the website.  I’ll be adding more content from time to time.

Of Particular Interest … 

=>The section about Recommended Products is where to find my review of a couple of products that I have used and highly recommend.

  • One is designed to take your Cover Letters up a few notches higher than everyone else’s.  This is how to get an interview.
  • The other revolves around Job Interview Questions and Answers -to broaden your knowledge on the topic and sharpen your skills.  This is how you get hired.

I’ve personally used both these products and rate them very highly. You can find out more in my detailed reviews:

(Click on either link)
The Amazing Cover Letter Creator
The Ultimate Guide to Interview Answers-2014

What Next?
Most people who visit this site already know what they’re looking for –that is: advanced help in drafting a cover letter. Or, they are seeking answers to tough interview questions.  Maybe both, like I was.
If that sounds like you, I strongly encourage you to take a close look at one or both of the following:

  • The Amazing Cover Letter Creator  It is a great program designed to, with your own unique input, crank out an ‘award winning’ cover letter that should make the reader put your papers in the short stack and want to meet you. 
  • The Ultimate Guide to Interview Answers is the other program I encourage you to look closely at.  It may well bring your career and your quality of life to the next level, as it did for me.  It is in its seventh edition now for 2014.

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Thank you for spending some time here.  I invite you to browse the rest of the site and bookmark it -so you can come back again … soon, hopefully.

All the best,
Dave

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12 Responses to “Resume Cover Letter and Interview Answers”

  1. Alan L says:

    Hello -

    I applaud your effort to clear up this interview dilemma I’m in.
    I bombed out on a couple of interviews. it’s now clear to me what’s needed.

    I need to raise the bar. Thanks for pointing me toward the Guide for Interview Answers.

    Alan

  2. P. Holt says:

    Ugh!
    Age discrimination? Can we call it that?

    All i know is I forgot more about my job than a recent college grad knows yet.
    It doesn’t matter, they only want to pay a fraction of what I was earning.

    They’ll have to settle for the inexperienced because I’m not selling out.
    There is a lot of ‘tribal knowledge’ beneath the mantles of grey among the older workers.
    It is is worth something (or should be).

    Pete H.

    • Dave Potts says:

      Pete -
      Thanks for chiming in. It is a problem that is a challenge to deal with.
      Stick to it. I hope you find something.

      Dave P

  3. Dave Gregoire says:

    Thanks for this info. I’ve been looking for good ideas to spruce up my resume cover letter. The cover letter creator looks interesting.

    Where were you when I needed you last summer? :)

    • Dave Potts says:

      Hey Dave -
      Thanks for the note. Yes. There are many ways to spruce up your cover letter.
      As we get but one shot, we want to get it right the first time, eh?

      [Where were you when I needed you last summer?] Have you been hanging around with Stevie Wonder?

      Dave P. :)

  4. Velez F says:

    Typically a cover letter is set up like any other business letter. It starts with the contact information of the person you’re addressing the letter to. Then it states the subject of the letter, which might include the name or reference number of the job you’re applying for. Following this is the body of the letter: why you believe you’re qualified for this job, a bit about your relevant work history, how it is you’re interested in working for this particular employer, ending with how you plan to follow up.

    Velez

    • Dave Potts says:

      Hey Velez -

      I appreciate your input. To be honest, it sounds like you copied that word-for-word from the “Plain Vanilla School of Cover Letters.”

      I have said time and again that one MUST do something to set oneself apart from the crowd; something that will keep your resume out of the
      recycle bin -where all the one’s end up that aren’t good at distinguishing themselves.

      For perspective on that, see Cover Letter Tips -here among these pages.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. And, good luck to you.

      Dave P

  5. James P. says:

    I’ve never had a problem getting an interview, and it often feels like interviews go well, but my offers have been few and far between. Hopefully I can better understand my interviewing weaknesses here.

  6. Jason L. says:

    I’m intrigued by the STAR method. I’ve always been told to focus on the results (the “R”). It makes sense, though, that the interviewer is just as interested in your process as in your results.

  7. Bradley N. says:

    For me, the cover letter has often been an afterthought. I figured out last time I was between jobs that it’s probably the main reason I’ve been passed over for some good opportunities. Now, I try to keep an updated resume and cover letter template and update it at least once a year. More importantly, though -I do a little legwork first and learn about the company and the interviewer if possible. That little bit of info goes a long way.

    • Dave Potts says:

      You are absolutely right, Bradley. The inside dope on the company, when the interviewer realizes you know something is ‘one’ thing that can set you apart from the crowded field.
      Thanks for the note. And, best of luck.

      Dave P

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