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What’s the most important part of a typical job application? Is it your CV / Resume? Is it the  years of experience you’ve built up? Is it your unique blend of skills and expertise? The correct answer is none of the above! While all of those things are crucial components of the perfect job application, a really successful application is about getting you invited for interview. The For that, the single most effective weapon in your job-seekers arsenal is your covering letter. Why you need a great cover letter for your job application The term “covering letter” implies that this is perhaps a less important document than the material it accompanies. Not so! You see, when you’re applying for a job, your covering letter is much more than just a note to accompany the enclosed documentation. It is what the recruiter is going to read FIRST. It’s not so much a covering letter, it’s more of a sales letter.

Sell yourself with your covering letter

Your cover letter is the first opportunity you have to really shine… and to impress upon your employer just how perfect you are for the job. It’s worth spending a bit of time getting this right: Continue reading »

Aug 112009
Tallest and Shortest man in the World*

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Apparently tall men earn significantly more than their shorter colleagues.

That’s according to the latest research from Australia, which found that each extra 2 inches of height can equate to a boost of nearly €800 a year in annual salary – or the equivalent of an extra year of experience. So, a man who’s 6ft tall can expect to earn about 1.5% more, on average, than his 5ft 10ins colleague. The phenomenon isn’t as pronounced in women, however, who need to tower at least 4 inches over their colleagues to see a similar earnings hike.

The study of nearly 7,000 Australian workers by the Australian National University echoes results from earlier studies in Britain and the US, which also showed compelling evidence that taller workers command higher salaries.

Professor Andrew Leigh, who led the Australian study, suggests that the most likely explanation is that taller people tend to commanded more respect in the workplace, and that subconsciously there may be positive discrimination in their favour.

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