Everyone hates writing cover letters. Everyone. And hiring managers hate reading them. Why? The average cover letter is crap. There, I said it. When most candidates write a cover letter, they convert their resume into paragraphs of lifeless, overly buttoned-up language. In the Twitter age of 140 characters or less, ain’t nobody got time for that.
We’re not all social media mavens. And, shockingly enough (brace yourself), not everyone is aspiring to be. That’s right, there are still people out there that don’t give a diamond encrusted “F” about how many new Instagram followers they have. Take one of my latest and greatest clients, for example: She’s young and knows what’s
The other day, a client approached me for advice on her job search. Extremely frustrated, but still desperate for progress she explained, “I’m doing everything, and nothing seems to be working!” We’ve all been there. At some point or another, everyone toils in vain. I (almost) wish this were a “job search-specific issue,” but it’s
“I’m better in person.” Untrue. You’re not better in person. Or worse on paper. But I can tell you why you think you are. In school, you wrote about what you studied. You wrote about Macbeth, the periodic table, and the War of 1812. You wrote papers. Nobody was teaching you to write about YOU. In fact, we’re usually
Get it? Beeing? Okay, sorry about that one. You might think of most people as acting a bit braggy. You’re dead wrong. I spend the better part of my days inviting people to dish about the cool things they’ve accomplished. It’s like pulling teeth using salad tongues :/ As a culture we’re taught to value noble qualities. That
Feel free to swap the word “clients” with the term you associate with opportunity. Job offers. Money. Followers. Sales leads. Whatever. You’re about to learn how not to lose “it” by beefing up your job title. Onto the post. I’ll start with an embarrassing fact. Last month I read How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little