I was recently quoted in Jaime Heidel's article for Career-Intelligence.com on effective (and ineffective) cover letters. I often work with job seekers who feel they don't need to send a cover letter along with a resume submission - thinking it's unimportant can be a big mistake! A cover letter shows the employer that you are really applying for this specific job at hand, and not just spamming your resume to any opening you can find. A good cover letter is tailored to the opportunity and creates a consistent presentation in line with the statements your resume makes. You may want to consider hiring someone to assist you with creating a master version of your cover letter and then it can be easier to modify it as different jobs come along.
There's a really great article from The Atlantic that's floating around on LinkedIn - it talks about some of the ways companies are becoming more flexible and offering workers new ways of supporting the business's needs while maintaining their own lives and schedules. Although this article was written in response to Anne-Marie Slaughter's much-publicized article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," these are topics that I've seen coming up a lot recently - from both men and women. What do you think? Is flexibility important to you? Have you ever seen a company offering employees more flexibility and then seen it backfire?
I'm a certified career coach based in Philadelphia. I started my own practice to help people land their dream jobs and achieve their individual definitions of success.
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