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Community Job Openings

By: Career Services Center
Date Published: Monday, September 29, 2014
 

Are you looking for a job while you are in school or a job in your chosen field? Start by logging into your Hawkeye Job Board account to begin searching for these jobs.

  • Administrative Assistant-Part Time #3673527
  • CDL Truck Driver/Mover #3670985
  • Certified Nursing Assistant #3677417
  • Direct Support Professional #3675444
  • Door Security #3677353
  • General Labor/Christmas Lights Installer #3670703
  • Kennel Attendant #3673111
  • Licensed Practical Nurse #3670551
  • Mechanic #3671000
  • Multiple IT Positions #3672059
  • Office Assistant Internship #3673578
  • Preschool Caregivers #3677454
  • Sales, Freight Team, & Cashiers #3668940
  • Tool Room Assistant #3674633
  • Plus many more full- and part-time positions listed!

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5 Tips for a Quality Cover Letter

Cover letters and resumes are buddies, like peanut butter and jelly or Abercrombie & Fitch; each may be okay alone, but make much more of an impression when together. Ultimately, you should always submit a resume with a cover letter. Why? A one page cover letter helps introduce an employer to who you are and why you are a good fit for the job.

1. Address your cover letter to a real person.
If a cover letter is addressed, “Dear To Whom It Concerns,” it may as well say, “Dear Filing Cabinet” or “Dear Miscellaneous Pile.” If the job ad does not specify who will be receiving your documents, use due diligence and research. This can be through online searching or calling the company. Be sure to spell the name properly as well. If for some reason a name cannot be found, at least address the letter with “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Human Resources.” The goal is to get it into someone’s hands and not a random pile.

2. One size does not fit all.
Cover letters need to be tailored to a specific job. Open the letter with the specific position to which you are applying and how you heard about it. Pay attention to the job description and what requirements are needed for the position, and now adapt your letter to fit those qualifications. If an employer is looking for someone who is able to X, Y, and Z, then give examples of how you have done X, Y, and Z. This is not going to be a rehashing of your resume, but rather a chance to give more specific examples.

3. Follow directions.
Always include what the employer is asking. Some may ask for a specific example of how you have worked with a product or a customer; you should give an example. Others may ask for salary requirements. Whatever is requested, be sure your letter contains those items.

4. It’s not all about you.
Remember, the point of the cover letter and resume is to show the employer that you are qualified for the job. Discuss what you are able to do for them, not what they can do for you. In cover letters, many start off by saying, “I am looking to gain experience in my field.” Although this is admirable, it does not tell the hiring manager how you would be a benefit to the organization.

5. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
A cover letter often tells the employer what kind of communicator a person is. The spell check function is fantastic, but it does not catch everything. Always have others look over what you have written to catch spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. It may sound harsh, but sometimes it just takes one misspelled word to disqualify a candidate from consideration.

By using these tips, you are on your way to a quality cover letter. Happy writing!

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