Cover Letter Confessions

Let me have a confessional moment here first: I hate cover letters. My clients hate cover letters. Some employers don’t even read them (probably because they hate them, too.) (and many (even most?) recruiters don’t want them, though always check) Sometimes, they can make a difference in getting noticed though.  And it’s IMPOSSIBLE to know how much the cover letter (and it’s style and content) will, or will not, matter to any given reader/company. That THAT’S why we all hate them. All those unknowns. (and they are a lot of work for all that unknown impact, too!) They’re a lot Read More

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 saw a colleague post on my LinkedIn page about this. She was in the job search industry as well, and wondered in a post:  is it common, or expected, anymore, to send a thank you note after a job interview? After a networking Read More

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

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

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 letter Read More