Career Calling

December 31, 2014

Taking the Extra Step to Make a Good Impression

 

One of my clients (We’ll call her Mary) is applying for an internal promotion.  To complete the application, Mary needed to put together a portfolio that included her resume and a letter of intent.  Before sending the package, Mary called me and asked if she needed a cover letter.  At first, I said no.  Then Mary explained her reasoning.  She wanted to included a cover page that broke out what she was sending and a small expression of enthusiasm.  Then it hit me:  Mary wanted to take the extra step to stand out from her co-workers who are applying.  I loved the idea. She is showing that she wants the job.  There was no downside to doing this.  Either the person receiving the packet will be impressed or they will ignore the sheet.  If it makes an impression, a few minutes writing a cover sheet could make Mary stand out.  Whenever you can take such a step in a job search or any other type of communication, do it.  Show that you care.

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