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  • Anna Litman 7:11 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink
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    Anna’s Pondering Question of the Week Series: How to Cover The Most Important Points in a Cover Letter 

    Happy New Year and Happy Spring Semester Everyone!

    During the last couple of weeks of the Fall 2013 semester, I reviewed many cover letters prepared by students graduating in December 2013. Some of these letters suffered from similar drawbacks: lack of specific details about relevant experiences; insufficient targeting to the employer’s needs and too many words with not enough detail. I understand that it’s not easy to write a professional letter, which needs to be short but also informative about your intentions and experience. (I struggle with the same issue in writing this blog!) You can find good information on the Career Center website regarding the purpose, content, and format of the cover letter, as well as cover letter samples. Here, I would like to suggest more tips that I have found useful to mention to students.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 5:27 pm on January 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Finding keywords: an easy trick 

    One of the best ways to get noticed by a hiring official is to tailor your application with keywords from the job announcement you’re applying to. Using these terms in your resume and cover letter can show that you’ve closely read the announcement and have the necessary experience and skills to do the job well.

    Using keywords in a resume is a particularly smart approach when you’re applying to government positions. When faced with (sometimes) hundreds of applications, hiring officials will gravitate toward applicants who clearly possess the skills needed to succeed.

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  • Jennifer Carignan 3:04 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink
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    Meet Our New SPA Advisor 

    Hello! My name is Jennifer Carignan, and I am the new career advisor for the School of Public Affairs. I thought I’d use my first blog post to introduce myself and share my thoughts on advising SPA students. (More …)

  • Travis Sheffler 7:19 pm on July 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Selling Your Abilities, Not Just Yourself 

    Carl Diehl, co-owner and franchise director of an exercise company based in San Francisco, provides an insightful article on how a job search candidate can really sell him or herself to an employer through the cover letter and interview process.

    Perhaps you’ve submitted hundreds of job applications, or have been a candidate in several job interviews, and have not had the type of response you have been hoping for.  It is not unusual to be a recent college grad and not to have landed a job come July.  Still, you might want to take the time now to do an inventory on how you have been going about the process.  In your job application materials (i.e., your resumes and cover letters), have you really been trying to show the employer how you would fill the needs of that specific employer and of that specific position, or have you instead been trying to “sell yourself.” (More …)

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