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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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How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Get You a Job

thecut.com

The Mentor

Mentorship is about having challenging conversations that help increase our self-awareness and helps us grow both personally and professionally.

To find a mentor, pick someone you admire that is within reach and consider their willingness to form a professional relationship with you. Having a mentor will strongly build a strong personal brand by displaying your competence, experience, and positive attitude.

5 Relationships You Need to Build a Successful Career

hbr.org

Moving to a team-centered role

If you've moved from an individual role to a more team-centred position, working as part of a team may at first pose a challenge.

But, there are ways to overcome this problem and learn how to work together in a team.

The Loner's Guide to Becoming a Team Player

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Remote work increases screen time

Video chat apps and other technology connect us while we work remotely, but the extra time in front of the computer can cause eye strain, muscle fatigue, and mental and emotional fatigue.

There are ways we can proactively disconnect from the screen to help maintain and regain our energy.

5 Tips to Reduce Screen Time While You’re WFH

hbr.org

  1. Forging a connection in a particular space at home or at a cafe/library where one can work in peace.
  2. Create a ritual to differentiate your workspace and personal space. It can be just going to a different place for working, or even taking a short walk to set yourself up for ‘work mode’.
  3. Connect with people who help you manage your emotions and keep you on track.
  4. Make the main purpose of your work connect with what matters to you and to the world. If the work is ‘soul-sucking’ with no purpose, this can be a challenge.

How to Keep Your Sense of Purpose While Working Remotely

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Linus Pauling

“If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas.”

5 ways remote work can make you more creative

fastcompany.com

Understanding Your Work-Related Need
  • If you like the WFH experience and would like to continue it on a permanent basis, you may need to make a case to your employer.
  • Prior to that, you may want to reflect on your working needs and preferences, as the WFH model does mean that all your interactions with your bosses and colleagues would be virtual, and the workplace would then cease to be a source of social connections.
  • Keep in mind that the current global situation where almost everyone is working from home can also change in the future.

How to negotiate a permanent work-from-home arrangement

cnbc.com

Failure

Success is sought after by most, while failure is looked down upon, even seen as something shameful.

More than success, it is our failures, errors and rejections that provide us with better learnings, and pathways towards eventual success, if we study them.

The learning opportunities hiding in our failures

bbc.com

Structure For Success

Remote work days need to have a specific routine in place, which has structure, clarity and consistency.

Each team member needs to be provided with a daily block of time to be heard, maybe in a 15-minute morning team video check-in. This makes the team connected and accountable. Also, the team members should be encouraged to share concerns, challenges and successes.

Brainstorming from a Distance: How Distributed Teams Collaborate

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It is a communication model used to improve understanding between individuals within a team or group setting.

There are two key ideas:

  • Individuals can build trust by disclosing information about themselves.
  • Individuals can learn about themselves and come to terms with personal issues with the help of feedback from others.

The Johari Window: Creating Better Understanding Between Individuals and Groups

medium.com

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