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How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

Want your cover letter to stand out and get the dream job you want? Jessica Hagy, an artist and writer has some tips for everyone to make a cover letter interesting.

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    Write one. Your resume checks off key words and gets your information in front of someone, but it’s not enough to get you an interview. Use the power of the cover letter for your own good (or evil, if you’re applying for a job selling drugs or weapons to kids).

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      Don’t play Mad Libs. If you found a cover letter template online, odds are, so did a half million other people. Ditch the fill-in-the-blank format and tell your own story, in a way that only you can. You’ll stand out, if for no other reason than your letter isn’t completely cookie-cutter.

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        Deviate from examples. Read enough cover letters online, and you’ll begin to feel a pattern. The fake-peppy tone, the stuffy sentence structures, and the box-checking formats all blend together in a beige puddle of boring. Now, imagine it’s your job to read these things all day, and you’ll see that a little change in the format will go a long way toward making you the person who gets the interview. But seriously, no comic sans–that font makes you look worse than silly.

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          Offer something other than your desperate self on a platter. Anything that hints about that fact that you are currently selling plasma in order to pay the electric bill is not a winning tone. Talk about what you can do for the place you want to work, not about how you really need a job. Show you have more to offer than a warm body.

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            But don’t get creepy. While letting your prospective employer know you’re knowledgeable about the company, adding details about the CEO’s criminal records or the marketing manager’s recent real estate purchases isn’t advised, even though it’s sure to get the attention of your reader. Google-stalk, but don’t stalk-stalk.

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              Lead with an anecdote–not your qualifications. The cover letter complements your resume. Don’t recreate it with complete sentences in the letter, use this space to tell an opening story that humanizes you and makes you memorable.

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                And make sure you put in a little personality. You have one. It’s a major part of you. You might as well own it. Besides, people hire people they like, not resumes they like. So relax, get comfortable, and write a letter from a real person–you, not faceless a job candidate.

                One last thing: Autocorrect is a pox on all our houses. Read your letter five or six times, and before you send it, just to be safe.

                Jessica Hagy is the author of How To Be Interesting. Her cartoons regularly appear in the New York Times, and she writes an online column for Forbes.

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                Last Updated on November 5, 2018

                20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

                20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

                Looking for a job? There’s no doubt to the fact you will want to work with a company that appreciates you for who you are.

                Well, good news. The labor market today is one that has peened up with more opportunities for advancement and personal employee improvement. This is partly due to the fact that a lot of companies have been made to understand the value of their biggest assets: the employees.

                To wit, here’s a list of companies- across a wide array of industries- that have been able to develop working environments that are healthy and accommodating to workers.

                Take a look at these 20 best place to work for a great career:

                1. Salesforce, San Francisco, California,

                  Salesforce is in the information technology business and the company ranks highest due to their commitment to learning and innovation. They are ready to try new things and everyone with a new idea is always welcome to share it at the company. The company has also been known to exhibit an exceptional approach to alignment.

                  Find out more about careers in Salesforce

                  2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.,Rochester, New York

                    Based in Rochester, New York, employees have been known to enjoy a sense of purpose from working here. The company has been able to achieve an optimal level of engagement across all working tiers and they’ve been able to achieve great things together. They even do deliveries.

                    Find out more about careers in Wegmans

                    3. Ultimate Software, Weston, Florida

                      Employees get amazing benefits here but that’s not the only reason why this place is so awesome to work. Whenever there is a need or a death of an Ultipeep or any of other family members, the company shows love and support like no other.

                      Find out more about careers in Ultimate Software

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                      4.The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

                        Development is at the center of anything that goes on here. The business is about people and employees are the company’s biggest asset. Employees are able to challenge the status and also leave impacts on clients.

                        Find out more about careers in The Boston Consulting Group

                        5. Edward Jones, St. Louis, Missouri

                          Edward Jones is admired for their ability to acknowledge history without being mired down by it. The company builds on a solid foundation but there is also a level of flexibility that allows for innovation.

                          Find out more about careers in Edward Jones

                          6. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, San Francisco, California

                            Kimpton is a trendsetter in the hospitality industry. The company always strives to try something different and that perspective is welcomed there at all times. Enjoy the weekends with luxury rooms, conformable mattress, furnished and well dressed service staff. A great opportunity for job seekers.

                            Find out more about careers in Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

                            7. Workday, Pleasanton, California

                              Newbies will find no issues with feeling welcome and at home here as this has always been a core culture component of the IT giant. Everyone is treated like family and this fosters a sense of oneness.

                              Find out more about careers in Workday

                              8. Genentech, South San Francisco, California

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                                Here, employees are encouraged to be themselves. There is a feeling of care, safety, and acceptance that you get here that you can’t get at many firms. The development of an all-inclusive environment has always been foundational.

                                Find out more about careers in Genetech

                                9. Deloitte, New York, New York

                                  Deloitte is one of the biggest professional service providers in the world, noted for their focus on constant learning, development and improvement. They invest in their employees and are concerned about their well being.

                                  Find out more about careers in Deloitte

                                  10. Baird, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                    Baird is a financial services provide that is known for adopting a “no asshole policy’ which guides the way people relate with and respect each other, regardless of their position on the company’s hierarchy.

                                    Find out more about careers in Baird

                                    11. Quicken Loans, Detroit, Michigan

                                      At Quicken Loans, the views and opinions of everyone are respected and heard. The organization is revered for the amount of investment they put in their team members and everyone looks for ways to grow and be better.

                                      Find out more about careers in Quicken Loans

                                      12. Capital One, Mclean, Florida

                                        Capital One has adopted a culture that encourages employees to take risks and try new things. They foster a healthy work-life balance and associates are challenged to live better lives.

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                                        Find out more about careers in Capital One

                                        13. Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, California

                                          Cooley LLP is a law firm known for their ability to care about the company culture and being able to develop a working environment that is empowering and fun. Cooley is known to go for the best when it comes to their employees, regardless of the occasion.

                                          Find out more about careers in Cooley LLP

                                          14. Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio

                                            The medical center has been known for their propensity to delegate so much to their employees, thereby providing them with the ability to grow and learn on the job. In the end, you get a workplace that is all-engaging and super fun.

                                            Find out more about careers in Southern Ohio Medical Center

                                            15. American Express, New York, New York

                                              American Express is a firm that celebrates wins, no matter how small. Everyone is made to share the same attitude towards service and the people they are to serve, thereby making people care about what they do.

                                              Find out more about careers in American Express

                                              16. Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California

                                                The culture at Adobe Systems is one that encourages employees to develop their own ideas and get a strong viewpoint. As opposed to encouraging competition, work-life balance is fostered everywhere here.

                                                Find out more about careers in Adobe Systems Inc.

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                                                17. The Cheesecake Factory Inc., Calabasas, California

                                                  The Cheesecake Factory rewards dedication and hard work. Promotions come pretty easy, and there is always space for guidance to develop your experience and skills.

                                                  Find out more about careers in The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

                                                  18. Sap America, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

                                                    If you’re looking for a new career path, SAP might be the best bet for you. The company is adept at recognizing value and transferable skills. And you can always look for a new path while maintaining your employment.

                                                    Find out more about careers in Sap America

                                                    19. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California

                                                      NVIDIA is known for looking after even the smallest of things. With even a “pets allowed” policy this company accepts you for who you are, and helps you to work within your personality. Advancement is also fostered, and you are able to collaborate effectively.

                                                      Find out more about careers in NVIDIA

                                                      20. KPMG LLP, New York, New York

                                                        Communication and progressive collaboration are the foundation of this company’s workforce treatment. Regardless of the level you are, someone is always at the ready to help and the company rewards extra effort with gratitude.

                                                        Find out more about careers in KPMG LLP

                                                        All in all, it’s safe to say that you will be able to find somewhere to apply your skills (whatever they are) that is all inclusive and highly accommodative. Companies today are being made to understand how much they can get when they treat their employees right and this has opened the door to an encouraging work environment for all.

                                                        Happy job hunting!

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