Given the state of today’s economy, many people are looking for work. Other than the regular crowd of job-seekers, the recent graduates, the job-changers, and the youth seeking jobs while they go to school, the job market is being flooded with people who have been laid off.
Companies with positions to fill have many applicants from which to choose. What this means is that your cover letter and resume are very important.
Your cover letter, in particular, is often your first interview with a company, the first chance for a hiring agent to get to know you. A good resume cover letter can help you make a good impression and get an interview. A weak cover letter might cause your resume to be placed in the reject pile.
Many of our clients have asked, “What do I put in my cover letter?” And nearly all of our clients have needed assistance with organizing the content of their letters. Below, we will address both of these issues. If you come seeking our help with your resume and cover letter, great. However, the brief guide below should get you started on writing a successful cover letter. Continue reading
Unless you string titles after your name (e.g., Ph.D., M.A.), your reader doesn’t know how much education you have. The reader only has the words you write, and your reader will judge your intelligence, education level, and credibility based on how well you write. No, this isn’t fair.
Let me be perfectly clear about this: The manner in which you write is only loosely connected to your intelligence, education level, and knowledge of the topic. Many intelligent, educated, knowledgeable people write poorly, use ungrammatical sentences, and misspell words. I am convinced that the way a person writes has little to do with his education or intelligence. Your ideas are a far better indicator.
As Claudius Caesar is quoted saying (paraphrased), “Is not what a man says more important than how he says it?” I agree with him. In spite of this, your reader may still judge you unfairly and discredit your ideas based on the way you write. Readers are wrong to do so, but they will.
With that in mind, here are some words, phrases, and expressions (in no particular order) that may cause your reader to ask, “Didn’t this writer ever go to school?”