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Getting the Job Part 2: Cover Letter & Resume


Cover letters and resumes often go hand in hand when applying for a job so this post is dedicated to how they should be done.

Cover Letters:

  • Cover letters should be concise (less than a full-page) and tailored to the particular company you are applying for. If the same cover letter can be used for various companies, it’s not specific enough.
  • The cover letter should not summarize your resume-that’s what your resume is for. Instead, the cover letter should only briefly touch on highlights of the resume and leave the details to the resume itself.
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Deadlines- Don’t Miss Them

The application for your first choice school is due tomorrow and you haven’t even begun to fill it out yet. The application for that program you’ve been dying to participate in is due in two days and you haven’t completed it yet. That scholarship application is also due tomorrow- oh, wait! That was yesterday.

Deadlines are extremely important for anything that you do. Missing a deadline often results in your application either going straight to the bottom of the pile of other applications- which were on time- or not being reviewed at all. If you miss the deadline, you’ll likely miss out on a great experience. Being prompt says a lot about one’s character. If you’re on time, or early for that matter, employers and application reviewers will see that you are truly interested in whatever you applied for. It shows that you are mature and reliable.

What is the point of having an outstanding application that you can’t even turn in because it was late? Missing a deadline is like missing your paycheck. You wouldn’t miss your paycheck would you? You worked hard on your application so someone should see it.

If you miss your paycheck, your piggy bank will look like this.

Time management is a valuable asset that can enrich your future. Time management and promptness goes hand in hand. They’re practically engaged. If something has a deadline, don’t hesitate to mark it in your calendar. It’s a lot better than rushing to do it the night before. Trust me, nothing good ever comes from procrastination.

In short, if you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; and if you’re late, you’re fired. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Deadlines are very important and should not be missed. Some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means that they are continuously reviewed in the order that they are received. If you send in your application early, you can quickly be accepted if you qualify and you won’t have to worry about being wait listed.

It’s better to do it now than later. Time management and promptness can enrich your future.

They say better late than never, but never late is better.