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Task Avoidance

I read LJ pretty much every day - sometimes multiple times a day - but almost never post. I have yet to do develop that casual just-chatting style while writing, although I enjoy conversations very much.

Today's post is inspired by my deciding to apply for a job. This requires a resume. Which I haven't done one of in almost twenty years.

Now I have a bare first draft done, and it looks terrible to me. But I'm at a loss as to how to progress. I don't know what to change, or which direction to take it. I've even caught myself defending the current wording, much like a doting parent with a snot-nosed child.

And then there's the cover letter. So far, I've gotten to "Dear Ms. Hyde" (the contact name on the posting I'm interested in).

I know, I'll do a load of dishes, and then laundry! No, no, back to staring at the screen. Better yet, cruise LJ again...


Jun. 14th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
What job are you applying for?

Your resume is really pretty easy. Mostly, you owned a bookstore. You have all of the skills that go with that. You worked a couple of other places, which also help rather than hinder.

Your cover letter more or less says, "Hi, I'm interested in the job. I think I can do it. Call me." Everything else is making that sound good.

A cover letter should never be more than about three paragraphs long. Tell A) What job you want; B) a one-sentence synopsis of your key qualification; and C) how they can contact you. Be polite and use good grammar and punctuation.

It's not brain surgery. I understand that it can seem daunting. You can do it.


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Alice Bentley

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