Had a list of 3 jobs that I wanted to apply for this week.
As it turns out, the deadline for one of them was May 17th. I sent an e-mail to my career advisor. Not sure what the etiquette is involving late applications.
Went to my alma mater (I graduated 2 days ago) to work on my cover letters. I sat in the lobby of the business school for a few hours. A few of my favorite profs/admins wandered past and stopped to chat. They were all positive and hopeful and willing to help. One of them specifically offered herself as a recommendation. Recommendations are difficult, I’ve found, because many of the places I apply to require the references with the resume. So I need to: a) have lots of people willing to stand in as references, b) ask the same people again and again, or c) only apply to ones that I’m really interested in. Anyways, it was a good morale boost and helpful to talk to these folks. I’m glad I made the trek to school.
One of the things I did today was… to go through all my old cover letters and copy lines and phrases about my self, interests, education, experiences, work ethics, etc… and pasted them into one word document. That way I can easily grab things as I craft new cover letters. I applying to jobs in a couple different fields, but many want similar things (if not in education, then in work ethic, etc). I think that will prove quite helpful. I’ve got another 5 or so cover letters to work on next week as well…...
Something I’ve found easy enough is to take the job requirements and copy them into a word document. Then clearly write out how I meet each. I’ve actually had to group the job requirements by general themes. Sometimes I use examples. It is hard to give detail and still have a cover letter that is under a page…..
One of the jobs I am applying to is really quite annoying… not the job, but the application process itself. The org requires a cover letter, a resume, a plaintext resume, references, a formal application (with most of the things that the two resumes include, as well as silly questions on data entry kph and wpm….both of which I had to do research and take an online test to get something that I suppose is accurate enough?). And then for each job, they ask for my monthly salary. First, I’m not even sure what constitutes a job. In the past 5 years I’ve had 4 internships, 4 part time jobs, 3 consultancies, 1 full time volunteer position, and then a variety of small gigs. I’m not sure they want information on each of these. My “monthly salaries” for the PT jobs look pretty sad on the app though.
My progress today?
1 e-mail to career counselor
1 complete cover letter (due the 24th, so I’ll review it again in a day or so for more changes)
1 partly completed application* 1 day ago