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Job Coaching 101 


Should You Send a Cover Letter with A Resume?

  • YES!  It is advisable to send a cover letter with a resume whenever possible.
  • It should be noted however, that many Hiring Professionals do not read the Cover Letter first – we generally go directly to the Resume first to see if you can ‘do the job I am hiring for’ in the pertinent skills being sought out for any given position. If we find that you do have the pertinent skills – we will go further and most likely read your Cover Letter.
  • Your Cover Letter should Highlight areas of expertise that you want to call specific attention to in the Resume.
  • You DO NOT have to seek out the Hiring Professional’s name/address etc. for your Cover Letter.  If, however you are responding to an ad that has provided that information, then yes, it is advisable to put in on the Cover Letter – they included it for a reason and most likely expect you to pay attention to it.


Answering Tough Interview Questions:

  •  When asked why you left your previous position, I highly recommend that you find a positive way to respond to this question.  If you left a previous position in an un-favorable manner (fired, forced resignation), you want to be honest but always state things in a positive light – such as; “there was no more opportunities for me to advance”, or “I felt that it was time to move on to advance further in my career”.
  • It is illegal for Hiring Professionals to ask certain questions – most of them know this but occasionally you may run into one who does not know it.  For example they cannot ask your Previous Employer if you were fired – they can only ask them “would you re-hire this individual”?   If the answer is no, they can then ask, “would you care to elaborate on that”?  The wise Ex-Employer will always choose NOT to elaborate on it.  J  There can be serious legal repercussions otherwise.


Appropriate Interview Attire:

  • Regardless of the position you are applying for – it is highly advised that you dress in a professional manner.  First impressions are VERY important and you only get ONE shot at it.  Your clothing should be clean, pressed, professional – and so should You.  Ladies – this means a nice professional dress, pants suit, or skirt suit.  Gentlemen – either slacks (no not jeans!) and a nice dress shirt/polo shirt, or a shirt & tie/suit.


Body Language:

  • This is very important!  Most of us hiring can ‘smell’ desperate before it hits the door.  You want to make certain that you are confident without being ‘cocky’.  Remember – the person interviewing you does not know you – they have no clue who you really are and they are looking for anything that may represent a ‘red flag’ to them.  Do whatever you have to do prior to your interview to make sure that you walk into that interview with full confidence that you can do that job!  Body language should be; standing tall, confident, smiling, genuine – always remember that we do ‘business’ with those we know, like and trust – that is also true in ‘getting the job’ – often an Employer will hire an individual with less skills and train them if they are genuine, likeable (this means they will get along with others in the company and or clients/customers well), and confident.
  • Always extend your hand first (if you can beat them to it), Look them in the eyes, With a Smile on Your Face and say, “Hello, I am ____________, it is a pleasure to meet you” or “Hello, I am ____________, Thank you for meeting with me today I really appreciate this opportunity to interview with you”.  You can state it a bit differently to match your personality – but BE FIRST to show your authenticity (we can also smell ‘a phony’ a mile away) whenever you can do so – hiring professionals remember these things and are taking ‘notes’ during and after each interview!
  • Always be ‘yourself’ – the bottom line is that if you don’t ‘fit’ well – then you most likely do not want to work there anyway – as it would not be beneficial to you in the long run regardless of the income.  Who wants to be miserable in their job – right?  J


Researching The Employer:

  • While this is not absolutely necessary – if you have the means to do so, it is advisable that you learn at least something about the Company you are applying to.  You will most likely be asked why you would like to work there in some form or another.  It is not going to look very good if you know absolutely nothing about the Employer.  With Google  – these days it is possible to learn at least a little in a very short 10 minute read of the Company’s Website Profile if they have one.  This is a very competitive job market – the more of an ‘edge’ you can gain to help you be ‘noticed’ by the Employer(s) the better.


Thank You Notes/Letters/Online Communication:

  • Is it advisable – YES!  Though not always practical.  Most of those hiring for a Company are under strenuous time constraints – they may or may not read a Thank you Note or Letter if you do send it.  But once again – one more ‘edge’ will NOT hurt you – if anything it may help you, but it is not guaranteed.  Therefore, if you have the opportunity, and fairly easy access (Google again folks!) to the Hiring Professionals mailing address (remember it may be different than the actual location you interview at!) – then it is highly advisable that you take the extra initiative to send a kind and genuine hand-written ‘Thank you’ note, card, or letter to the person who interviewed you – regardless of whether they hire you or not!  Even if you only have an email address it is highly advisable that you at the very least send a kind, hand-written thank you for their time in considering you (however those that are actually received via US Mail have a much better chance as they are considered more personal and genuine). 


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Resume & Job Search Advice

Having worked with many of the Top Companies in the USA and throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area, off and on for 25 years, I have seen thousands of resumes submitted for possible employment.  Unfortunately, most of them submitted do not do ‘justice’ to the individual(s) applying.

I have been contracted over the years to do the recruiting for many Companies and I can tell you what it takes to get you in the door, and exactly what the Employers are looking for. I have also written literally thousands of Resumes, Job Descriptions and researched hundreds of position Salaries over the years for numerous Companies/Employers which allows me to assist those who may be seeking employment to detail their skills in a format that gets them noticed above others.

Some things that many Hiring Professionals may not tell you are:

We get 150 – 300 resumes per position advertised with up to 600 applicants at times. When hiring – many Hiring Professionals will take a 5 second (YES –that is 5 SECONDS) scan of your resume.  If we do not see within that first scan the skills that show us “can you do the job I am hiring for” – your resume is thrown into the ‘no’ pile and generally not looked at again.  Once we see if you can do the job the second glance is to “stability” – how long on any given job – are you stable or do you move around a lot from job to job.  After reviewing those two things, if we are satisfied with what we see we will ‘dig’ further into necessary qualifications such as Schooling and/or Certifications.

Without a quality resume that shows an Employer right up front – that you can do the job you are applying for – you will not be called in for an interview. Hiring is very time consuming, and the more of a Hiring Professional’s time it takes in having to ask questions, or dig (aka; read all day) to find the necessary information – the less likely we are to do it.  We will simply move on to the next candidate.

Another big mistake I see on many resumes is that many people ASSUME that you know what they did because of their Job Title.  Unless you are being reviewed by a 10+ year hiring professional and they have dealt with thousands of Job Descriptions, most of those checking your resume have no clue what you did based on your Job Title alone.  It is imperative in this highly competitive job market that you detail your skills and leave nothing to question on your resume and cover letter. Some companies are still using strict ‘old-school’ or OCR databases to do all the screening for them, so if you do not have your skills spelled out in detail – you more than likely will not be picked for an actual person to review your resume.

Forget the ‘fluff n stuff’… a large majority of individuals lean heavily on the fact that they have many accomplishments, and or hold several Degrees. Oftentimes Hiring Professionals are leery of such information as it appears that individuals may be trying to “dazzle them with BS” so to speak.  Therefore, things such as; Volunteer activities, Hobbies, Major Accomplishments, etc. should not be on a resume.  Any information of this nature pertinent to the job you are applying for (such as being stated in the job qualifications in the job add or job description) should be stated in the Cover Letter, otherwise it is irrelevant, may hinder you more than help you, and should be left out completely.


A mistake I see quite a bit in Job Hunting is that many are using sites like and as their sole sources of job hunting.

Many individuals think that by simply putting their resume online – the jobs will come to them.  Not true. All employers EXPECT you to come to them for any valid position online.  Therefore, they post the jobs and wait for the resumes to come to them. The great thing about Monster and Careerbuilder is that you can create job searches specific to your skill set – those work quite well as long as you create SEVERAL of them and not just one specific to any ONE Job Title.  You are also often able to apply directly for positions listed on those sites once you have uploaded your resume, that too is a good thing.  I suggest that you use all avenues/websites available and apply frequently for the positions that fit your skill set.  However do not think that by posting your resume (which I recommend you post it as ‘private’ and not ‘public’) that the employers are going to come to you.

In my opinion, one of the BEST job hunting sites is – you can create an account on the site for FREE and set up several job notifications based on location and/or job type.  and  are also great.  Again, I recommend making your resume PRIVATE – and simply having it uploaded on the sites so that you can easily apply for anything that you may want to.  Otherwise you will be ‘spammed’ to death with every bogus opportunity out there.  J  These sites actually search OPEN positions via the major search engines so they ‘locate’ potential jobs for you that you designate to fit your skill set in the searches that you set up.

I recommend you do the same on :  – MOST of the Employers (including all the Major companies here; Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia etc.) are directly ‘linked’ to the UE Work Source site and therefore their positions show up there regularly.

Another aspect is that often times many positions are miss-posted on ALL the job sites. It is difficult sometimes for an employer to find a good match in a job category in order to post an advertised position, and therefore you might find a mechanic job under non-profit because it is being posted by a Non-Profit Company.  You must look in several different categories and/or create various searches in order to find a valid position – not simply the one specific to your desired Job Title.

The bigger mistake overall however, one that I see on a daily basis, is generally in how the resume and cover letter are set up.   Many years ago I created two resume formats that have worked for every individual who ever used them.  Both are easy to read and the information necessary in finding a given job is presented properly.

Today, there are so many resume programs out there and faulty formats that leave so many people wondering what it is they are doing wrong in finding a job. I know, because every time I hire for someone I see literally thousands of poorly written resumes that do not describe even a portion of what a person is qualified to do.  Not to mention some of the firms out there charging people for those same faulty resumes.  I am hoping that by sharing this information I can help empower people and direct them to the job they are looking for.

Some general Resume rules to follow:

1.      Detail your skills

2.      Put Education at the bottom of the resume – not at the top

3.      An objective is not necessary and seldom read on a resume – instead incorporate your summary or objective in your Cover Letter – don’t put it on your resume

4.      Go back no more than 10 years (usually 6 years is plenty)

5.      Keep Resume to 1 page for General Labor, General Office etc.  Two to three pages for Professional/Executive Positions

6.      Do not put references on your resume – have them prepared on a separate page and ready to present only when asked for them

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Many Blessings,

Robin R. Robbins

President/CEO/Executive Business Management Consultant

Personal Development Coach, Social Media Marketing Specialist

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