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Look! An update!

I am encouraged by the fascinating exploits of my many more-frequently-posting friends to try to do some of that myself.

Today's adventures started off with some last minute changes to a school project (safely submitted more than an hour before the deadline!), followed by a really boisterous gathering at Cafe Luna to guzzle hot chocolate and swap opinions about Apple's new iPad, favorite apps on the iPhone, what's up with the re-org at Real, and reporting in on the just-breaking Amazon/Macmillan kerfluffle.

Back home there is unfortunately no laundry to do because FedEx Ground decided not to deliver the part we need to fix the washer. It was on the truck, and expected on Friday, but the driver reported the box as "showing some damage" and sent it back. My suspicion is that the driver had too few packages for Vashon to make it worth his or her while to cross over - but that's just me.

The afternoon was made lively by spotting a Seattle job opening that I think I would both greatly enjoy and be good at. Wrangling cover letter copy is always a tricky dance, but it and my resume are off in the aether now, so we'll see if anything comes of it.

Now on to more homework and then ... drumroll .. so exciting! ... early bedtime!!!!


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Jan. 31st, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I've seen wildly varying opinions about cover letters comma usefulness of. What's your philosophy?
Jan. 31st, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
I use cover letters to drop information that's specific to the job opening but not included in the resume. Like for this one I pointed out that while Marketing has never been my one-and-only task before now, it was of crucial importance in both of my last two jobs.

Of course, I don't know that getting my opinion on job applications is necessarily useful. I have yet to have ever gotten a job as a result of having applied for it. (Unless you count the Post Office, and they were clearly ready to take anything that could drive and stuff mail in a box at the same time.)
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, when did they even start to *question* the use of cover letters? I thought that cover letters (with the resume) and thank you letters (after an interview) were mandatory, if you wanted to be taken seriously! You mean to tell me that people just send their resume off into the void these days, without accompanying preamble nor explanation (nor example of being able to string together a sentence)? I'm shocked and confused.
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Especially with web submissions, it seems 50/50 whether the cover letter is ever read at all, rather than the resume being fed into the keyword-grabber.

T-Mobile contracts with a company which runs you through this enormous psych profile, and if you don't lie your face off and game the profile, you're not 'suitable' for the least position no matter what is on your cover letter or resume.
Jan. 31st, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with both the washer part and the application! Oh, and with the project garnering excellent marks as well!
(You're doing better with updates to LJ than I am, so you can gloat about that if you wish!) %D
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