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Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate.   I can’t tell you how many times both friends and employers or work colleagues have said to me, “It was so unexpected (or unnecessary, or both) but so nice (thoughtful, above & beyond) to receive your thank you note!” It’s a Read More





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Real Bad “Cover Letters” – (cover letters that are real, and, really bad!)

  Real cover letters – real reasons you should NOT copy these really bad examples: Letter #1 (sent to my friend that owns a small business and also supplied good input about what hiring mangers want in my last blog, “Follow Directions!“) “Your company is looking for a motivated individual that offers many characteristics that promote success within your organization such as knowledge, dependability and someone that is a self starter. My name is XXX and I feel that I possess the right elements that will enhance the position to which you are seeking to fill by the many traits Read More





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Writing an Attention-Getting Cover Letter

  YES, you HAVE to include a cover letter with EVERY resume you submit.     I get asked that a lot, and wish I could give you the answer you probably want!   Writing cover letters doesn’t have to be hard – (yes, really!)  ( I can help you make it much, much easier, though.)   But they do need to grab attention.   Here’s the overall goal – come up with something that the reader of umpteen-million cover letters doesn’t see come across her desk umpteen-million times a day.  Of course, whatever you say should actually be true!   Here’s Read More





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Housestay Vacay: Writing a Compelling Housesitter Profile

  Fall leaf peeping trip?  Someone else’s home for the holidays?   I’ve written a few posts like Job Relocation Exploration & How to Still Go Out of Town While Out of Work and Ho Ho Home for the Holidays about using house & pet sitting as a way to both save money and sanity (by having your own space!) on vacations.   Saving money can be especially important if you are unemployed, and have lots of TIME for a getaway, but your budget is a concern. Just like applying for a standard issue job that needs a compelling cover Read More