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Do Cover Letters Work?
Cover letters introduce you and your resume in a more conversational manner. Here is an overview that might help:
Demonstrate your knowledge and communication style: Experts say people’s concentration is the highest for only the first three paragraphs, so lead with the most important information. Start strong with how you found the position and a couple of facts about the company. This will show that you’ve done your research on this specific job and that this is not a generic form letter. Companies can use cover letters to evaluate communication style and the letters are more conversational so you have a great ability to tell your “story”, but don’t get too wordy. Keep your focus on job description.
Write to your audience – the hiring manager: The second paragraph will address how your skills fit the job requirements and that you can bring laser-focused value and qualifications to the position. Cover letters also show how you can help the employer meet established goals. The Dallas Morning News 2/10/13 ... See MoreSee Less
The start of job hunting usually entails a few clicks on the various online job boards, posting of resumes, networking online via LinkedIn, Facebook or Professional groups. Meanwhile, networking offline usually means having an occasional coffee at Starbucks with a friend or a contact with hope for news of a job.
You must, absolutely, follow these paths but sometimes it’s just not enough. The Dallas Morning News recently had an article that described a little outside the box thinking when it comes to job hunting; Coworking Centers.
Coworking centers combine all of the above and quite a bit more, minus the home office. The centers offer online access, face-to-face chats, snacks and refreshments and the chance to network with a group of people who have jobs, startup companies or freelance livelihoods.
WHAT IS A COWORKING CENTER? Stripped to its core, a coworking center is a collaborative and informal place to work alongside other people. But as the movement has spread – there are reportedly over 700 centers in the U.S. alone – so have the variations, which now include everything from childcare to aerobics to workshops and classes.
Coworking centers typically offer daily passes, as well as monthly and annual memberships. Prices vary widely, so check websites for details. Here are some examples of centers in the larger U.S. cities.
Sandbox Suites (www.sandboxsuites.com) – in four locations in the San Francisco Bay area, Sandbox Suites is one of the poster children of the coworking movement. Per its site, “Sandbox allows independent professionals to have a full-service shared office and meeting space, no matter where they happen to be with the added benefit of a supportive community of other independents. Sandbox offers several levels of memberships that include month-to-month virtual, part-time, full-time, private desk and private office memberships, as well as daily drop-ins”
Link Coworking (www.linkcoworking.com) – Located in Austin, Texas, Link Coworking was founded by Liz Elam, a former Dell employee who had reached the limits of working from a home office and local cafes. Per itS site, Link offers both private and public working areas, free beverages and snacks, concierge services and a nifty old-fashioned “phone booth” for private cell-phone calls.
Green Spaces (www.greenspaceshome.com) – In New York City and Denver, CO, Green Spaces, as the name suggests, offers coworking with a green and social impact twist. According to its site, “we have a following of 25,000 people nationwide and have been home to more than 1—game-changing startups and organizations. Currently, we host more than 200 companies in New York and Colorado.
RESPECT THE SPACE -When you visit a coworking center, be sure to respect the privacy and work needs of others. Your primary motive may be to network, but don’t make it your primary activity. Use the facilities to continue your online job hunt and related activities, with occasional breaks to get to know others. Be sure to bring business cards, but don’t be a pest. As in everything else, moderation is best. (Dallas Morning News, 2/17/13 – Creators Syndicate) ... See MoreSee Less