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Addressing the cover letter

Addressing the cover letter

Your cover letter must be addressed to the hiring manager, but you don't have to go on a wild goose chase to find their name in order to make your cover letter "more personalized". 

It's okay to use "Dear Hiring Manager" if their name is not easily available.

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Understand the point of a cover letter

When writing a cover letter it is important to understand the significance of it. One's cover letter should go beyond their work history and must include the things that cannot be found in a resume.

It should include personal traits, work habits, inter and intrapersonal skills, achievements, and even one's enthusiasm for the job.

Your cover letter is like a simple introduction of who you are and what makes you a strong candidate for the company.

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Talking in your cover letter

Your cover letter must be warm, conversational, and personalized, unless told otherwise. The cover letter doesn't need to have a creative opening line, in most cases it's better to be straightfoward.

Moreover, your cover letter is your chance to provide context for things that might confuse the hiring manager but don't overdo the letter and aim to write about a page long. Most hiring managers do not have the time to read more than a page.

Lastly, the content of your cover letter is all that matters. Before submitting it, make sure that it is well-written and have been proofread.

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They’re very risky for the applicant. Even if you don't resign from your job before the reference check, you will have to tell your boss you are on the verge of leaving. So either way, you’d be in a vulnerable position with your security in your current job at risk before your offer is final.

As a candidate, one option is to push back on the contingency, explain it could jeopardize your current job, and offer up plentiful other references.

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The Job Interview

Hunting for a job is a tricky process and may have many pitfalls. Many of us are not accustomed to having these kinds of conversations or handling the power dynamics of a job interview. There can be many scenarios and awkward situations that we need help with.

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Describing ourselves on paper

Describing ourselves on paper, while blindly attempting to live up to the expectations of others, makes it all feel like a giant lie.

We’re the experts on ourselves, right? So why do we find it so difficult to convey who we are in text?

  1.  We’re writing to seek the approval of others. Perhaps the worst part is that we don’t know who’s reading our words or who our competitors are.
  2. For many of us, though, the main reason we find it so hard to write about ourselves it’s so, so easy to procrastinate.

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