Your cover letter is the first thing potential employers see and, therefore, it greatly impacts potential employers' opinions of you. A perfect cover letter will entice the reader to continue on to your resume. A poorly written cover letter may mean your resume doesn't get read at all. The following are five tips to help you write the perfect cover letter: Personalize your cover letter. Although it may be tempting to simply use a standard cover letter format that will work for most positions to which you'll be applying, this will not get you noticed. Instead, include details about the position and the company that show you've done your research. State a specific reason you'd like to work for that company or congratulate them on a recent accomplishment. This shows the hiring manager that you've done your homework and are truly interested in the job. Hit the hot points. Be sure to touch upon the hot points the employer has listed in their job description. You don't have to … [Read more...] about 5 Tips to Help You Write the Perfect Cover Letter
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Growing up, you were likely told not to let little things get to you. If you are like most others, you missed that day in school when they actually taught you step-by-step, how to be successful at this. You can’t and shouldn’t turn your emotions off at work. After all, you are human! This is as ridiculous as expecting your dog to not wag his tail over a treat. It’s all natural instinct! What is Logic? You will often hear a lot about doing what is logical. Don’t make decisions when you are upset because it is not logical. Don’t react without thinking things through because it’s not local. Really, what exactly is logic, and what’s so great about it? Well, logic studies the principles of correct reasoning and valid interference. Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Where’s the passion? Where is the instinct? Most great moments in one’s career are made by reacting in a split second in a specific circumstance. Are you really supposed to step back, evaluate the situation and conjure up … [Read more...] about Don’t Ignore Your Emotions at Work!
At work, it’s great to get a little recognition now and then. However, being the center of attention is tough if your work team is comprised of over achievers or if you’re surrounded by employees who regularly claim the spotlight by pouting or freaking out about work projects. Since being recognized by management often paves the road for future raises and promotions, you must cleverly find a way to outshine other employees and claim the spotlight. Here are four effective ways to be the center of attention at work without having to freak out to get noticed. Claim Project Leads If the same team member always snatches project leads and claims the workplace spotlight, it’s time to end their reign. The next time a collaborative work project is announced, immediately consult with management regarding why you should take the lead. This is no time to play the waiting game because, while you’re working out a strategy, other employees will be pleading their cases. Send an email, pick up the … [Read more...] about How to Be the Center of Attention at Work (without freaking out!)
Ever get the feeling your J.O.B. is going to be the death of you? Well guess what- you might be on to something! By combining mounting evidence and common sense we finally have PROOF that holding down a steady 9-5 is the biggest risk you could ever take! Work kills. 1. Lack of Control- It’s Worse Than You Think! Did you know feeling like you’re in control of your life is actually good for your health? It’s true! When you feel in control of your life your hormone balance changes, flooding your system with feel-good chemicals and a biological cocktail that encourages ambition and toughens up your immune system. Well, guess what? When you feel out of control the opposite happens! Your body cuts off those feel good hormones and downshifts your immune system! So- how often do you feel in control at work? 2. Bad Jobs = Bad Health Habits Does your job stock its pantries and vending machines with health food or junk food? Do you get to exercise during the day, or are you … [Read more...] about 7 Ways Your Desk Job is Killing You