That App Ain’t Right

Applying to jobs in non-traditional ways
I have dealt with hundreds of employers over the many years I have been with Workforce Solutions and each employer has their own “perfect way” of sourcing and recruiting candidates. *sigh* Applications . . . They come in many forms. There’s the dreaded online application that asks you to upload your resume then puts everything in the wrong place. There’s the paper application that is too long for its own good. Then we have the request to “please send a resume and cover letter” – to whom? where? why? how?

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If it Ain’t Baroque…

Identifying Added-Value in Your Marketing Tool Kit. I am a classically trained musician. I play all wind instruments with some fluency and can conduct a large orchestra through Shostakovich Symphony Number 5 (my dream…New York Phil, call me!). From my training, I learned that not all classical music is the same. I discovered I enjoyed the Baroque period of music — music that was excessively gilded, ornate, and “flowery.” Simply put, the Baroque period took a simple melody and dressed it up.

Okay, your music lesson is over. The reason I mentioned this musical reference is because in teaching my Cover Letter class recently I found that we became engrossed in a conversation on added-value…or, to complete the reference, taking an otherwise adequate item and making it “Baroque” – in this case, taking a skill or value-item and making it MORE valuable by providing more detail of worth to the employer. Continue reading “If it Ain’t Baroque…”