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11/16/11
Digital devices and cover letters in Job searches
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Networking, Post-docs, Technicians, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 11:59 am

It seems like it is common sense.  Several valid
tips were offered at a Career and Job Search
workshop last weekend by co-presenters who
have seen a lot in over 100 years of practical
employment and management.

DIGITAL DEVICES
Cell phones, smart phones and similar devices
seem like they are attached to each person.  ‘For
Pete’s sake,’ disconnect them during a meeting
and interview…It is rude at a meeting to be
texting while others are presenting a subject,
Treese Campbell pointed out.

[Strangely, I make it a habit now to walk through
younger audiences and business audiences to see
how many are disengaged from the presentation,
via their connected devices.  It is rude!]

Don’t expect the format seen on a smart phone
to be preserved when sending to an email.  In
fact, Susan Sobolov suggested sending it to
your own email to see what it looks like.
Make sure it looks like you would like it to appear.

COVER LETTERS
How many people really read cover letters?  How
truly important are they?  The standard view is that
about one-third think they are essential components
of your application.  Another one-third do not even
read them.  So, I agree with Nick Meanwell who
indicated include it as part of the resume file

Avoid having too many separate documents.

He also pointed out several valuable things about
cover letters:
  - avoid mentioning salary requirements and
weaknesses.
  - reviewers will not pay attention to a letter headed
by “To whom it may concern,”
  - it is a “turn off” to provide negative comments
about previous employers, the reason why you are
looking for a position and why you might not be
qualified
  - don’t lie, and also don’t talk about your future plans
after working

Networking and referrals before application were
strongly recommended.

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