Dear Applicant

I’m in the process of reading a number of applications for a position at MPOW.  I am, again, surprised by some of what I’m reading.  And seeing. So, a few thoughts for those of you who might be on the job hunt….

  • Headers are handy.  If you’re applying for a position and there is a lot of competition, it’s nice to be able to see, at a glance, whose resume and cover letter you’re reading.
  • That being said, don’t be too cute. I’m probably printing this on my black and white printer, so funky fonts in funky colors are probably going to be lost. And difficult to read.
  • Learn the proper form for a formal letter.  Google it, for crying out loud. You’re not writing a note to a buddy or sending a text message.
  • Don’t tell me how detail-oriented you are and then misspell something.  Spell check is your friend.
  • So is proofreading. Spell check doesn’t help you if the word you misspelled is also a word. (Hence, the public/pubic conundrum.)
  • If you use “your” instead of “you’re”, you’re done.  Or “their” instead of “they’re.”
  • Take the time to find out who you’re writing the letter to, instead of resorting to the “Dear Sir or Madam.”  Or certainly instead of not using a salutation at all.
  • You really don’t need a six page resume.  Seriously.
  • Make sure your formatting isn’t too unusual, since it will show up weirdly on my end and I’ll end up losing what could be pertinent information.  Clean and crisp is the best bet.
I know the search is hard out there.  Good luck to you, if you’re looking.  In the meantime, take a look at what you’re sending out and make sure that it’s the best representation of you, since it’s usually the first chance a potential employer has to find out about you. It’s an old adage, but put your best foot forward.
Good luck!
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