Writing A Cover Letter

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We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.

The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.

Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:

1. Discuss Specific Details

Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

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2. Show Your Success

Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.

Happy Female Job Success

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3. Make It Look Good

This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.

Cover Letter Example

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When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!

 

What tips do you have on writing cover letters?

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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

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2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

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3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

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4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

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5. Learning Who My Parents Are

 

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

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Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?

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How To Be Happy

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Wondering how to make today a good day? Turns out scientists had the same question. Check out the things they discovered that can increase your happiness and make today great:

1. See Happy Friends

According to Brigham Young University researchers, low social interaction is just as bad for your lifespan as obesity, being an alcoholic, or even smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. So get out and socialize! Especially with your happiest friends. For each happy friend you have, you have a 9% increased chance of being happy yourself.

Group of Happy College Friends

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2. Be Kind To Others

Performing small acts of kindness for others can lead to an increase in life satisfaction after just 10 days. So buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you, buy someone flowers without a reason, or do whatever you can think of!

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3. Go For A Run

It only takes 20 minutes of working out for your brain to begin producing endorphins, which are the “happy chemicals” that create the euphoric post-workout high. In that same 20 minutes, your body releases a protein which protects you from stress as well as emotional disorders, such as depression.

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4. Try Something New

People who take part in a wide range of activities are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who said “no” to that weekend rock-climbing class.

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5. Say Thank You

Dr. Robert Emmons, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology, says that practicing gratitude can increase happiness levels by 25%. Writing in a gratitude journal for a few hours over three weeks can increase happiness and keep it at a higher level for six or more months.

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So there you have it! What are you going to do to be happier?

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4 Indoor Activities To Avoid The Cold

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Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter weather has swept much of the nation in the past few weeks. With frigid temperatures, snow, cold rain, and sleet – venturing any further than your bed may seem like a task.

Here a few fun ideas to help you and maybe even your roommate(s) pass some time away:

1. Card Games

Speed, Spit, and maybe even Go Fish are great card games to play. If you want to make it a little more entertaining, invite your floormates to a tournament. Prize for the winner of the tournament is semester-long bragging rights.

Playing Card Games With College Friends

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2. Movie Marathon

This is a great time to get to know your floormates! Ask everyone to pick his or her favorite movie and have a movie marathon! Getting to know each other’s taste in movies is a fantastic way to build some common ground between you and your floormates … and kill some time!

Group of College Friends Watching Movies

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3. Read

It’s an old-school way to pass the time! Plus, there are some really great books that will soon be turned into movies, like The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. Check them out before they head to the big screen.

Male College Student Reading Book

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4. Start Blogging

You have thoughts and opinions, so why not share them? There are several hosting sites that you can choose from: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and many others! Write about things that inspire you, things you’re interested in, or even your favorite sports team. If you are trapped inside, blogging can take up tons of time just to jot down things you’re thinking about.

Female College Student In Dorm Blogging On Laptop

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There are many things you can do if you are stuck inside. What do you like to do?

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3 Ways To De-Stress

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Feeling stressed out from school, mid-terms, or life? Don’t allow stress to takeover and overwhelm you! Here’s a few ways that you can unwind, relax, and de-stress.

1. Unplug From The World

One way to de-stress is to cut out all electronics. Shut yourself off from the world by unplugging yourself from technology! For one whole day (or at least for a half day), allow yourself to relax and enjoy the day without the nuisance of texting, emailing, or the internet. You’ll feel more refreshed and much more relaxed after you’ve spent a day to yourself. Distract yourself from all these electronics by reading a good book, playing an instrument, or painting! If you can, go on a mini-getaway by going on a bike ride or maybe even a hike!

 

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2. Kick It Out

Sometimes when we have all this pent-up stress, we need to have a way to get it all out. I personally like to get active when I’m stressed out. Going for a walk, run, or hiking a trail is one of the many ways I release my stress. One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is kicking and punching all that stress out. Most school gyms have punching bags, so wrap up your hands and get to punching! You’ll feel much more relaxed and you’ll have a blast doing it! Not to mention that wonderful work out bonus!

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3. Spa Day

Have yourself a little spa day and don’t let anyone disturb you! If you’re on a budget and can’t go to the day spas in your local area, then check out YouTube videos for some awesome DIY spa tricks. There are tons of DIY facemasks that you can find on YouTube. Here’s one of my personal favorites that is super easy and will make you feel completely refreshed:

Share with us what you like to do when you get stressed out in the comments below!

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