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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The Sponsor

Sponsors advocate on your behalf and sometimes present you with career advancement opportunities. It has been proven by numerous studies that "one cannot ascend in any organization without a sponsor."

To find a sponsor, you must showcase your unique skills, cultural knowledge, amongst other things that could make you someone worth advocating for. Sponsors are high in demand and are difficult to recruit so it's important to develop a standout reputation and have good connections.

Consider why you prefer to get work done separately. Usual justifications could be:

  • "I'm confident that I can do the work better than others."
  • I'll end up picking up the slack and doing it all myself anyway."

Self-confidence and ambition, while good traits, shouldn't come at the expense of a team. A great team needs different characteristics, and it takes a talented leader to create such teams. Ultimately you should trust your colleagues, share responsibilities, and discover creative solutions together.

  • Don't default to Zoom. Set aside blocks of time where you're not available for online meetings.
  • Choose physical over digital. If you brainstorm for an article, write your thoughts on paper. Sketch the initial draft of your big project on a whiteboard.
  • Move as much as possible. In between meetings, take a walk to the kitchen to refill your water or coffee. When you need a quick break, roll your shoulders to get the blood flowing. On a normal phone call, consider walking back and forth.
  • Take tech-free breaks. Eat lunch away from your computer, look out a window, or read a physical book. Consider a post-work outdoor physical activity.
  1. Set aside a quick morning check-in which is preferably audio-only to catch up with everyone.
  2. Ensure that the employees feel connected and at ease.
  3. Build a trust relationship with the remote workers so that they feel part of a team, and cared for.

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