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Learn How To Write a CV Cover Letter by following the next simple steps

July 27 2017, 21:29pm

Posted by Kevin Bowlby

The structure of how to write a CV cover letter:

1: Header At the top of the page write the full name and address of the sender and recipient. Type your contact information. Your contact information includes your email address and your phone number.

2: Introduction Simply state the purpose of the cover letter. Write the job opening you are interested in and how you found about it.

3: Body Write 1 to 2 paragraphs describing: * why you are interested in their job position * why you are the right person for the job * why you are qualified for the job * how they can benefit by having you working for them in that particular position In addition, you can compliment them on 1 aspect that you like about their company.

4: Closing Write what's the next step they should to do. Simply saying that you hope they will contact you in the future is just too weak. Let them know that you have further information to provide. Also mention that you are available for an interview. Close with a valediction like "Sincerely". And follow up below with your full name or signature.

Additional tips on how to write a CV cover letter.

1: The cover letter should be less than 1 page It's not a CV. Don't add any unnecessary information. A cover letter is a response to a job offering. Its goal is to make the recruiter contact you or to invite you to an interview.

2: Be giving Write like you write to a friend. How do you feel when you meet an old friend? Feel the same feeling while you write the letter. They will read your state between the lines. Make sure you don't appear needy. You don't need their job position. You want it.

3: Use simple fonts Use basics fonts like Arial or Times New Roman. Arial 12 pt is the best font for the web. And Times New Roman 12 pt is best if you send them a physical letter.

4: Be friendly and warm Don't be pushy or superior. You are simply stating your interest in a warm way. Let them know that you like their company and the company's culture.

5: Make it interesting Put emotion into your writing. Logical letters don't stick in people's minds and don't motivate.

6: Use simple language Use everyday English. Write like you speak. Don't try to write in a particular way. Sound like yourself.

7: Don't use vague words Use specific and concrete words. Write short sentences. Break your long sentences down into small bits. Use the active voice instead of the passive voice.

Knowing how to write a CV cover letter is essential for getting a high paid job. Before you get to an interview, you need to get in the door first. Writing a relevant cover letter is the way to do it. They will get their first impression of you from reading the letter. The first impression is the most important.

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Short Story Saturday: Lost in Translation

April 18 2017, 17:12pm

Posted by Kevin Bowlby

In an effort to help myself read more short fiction, I’ve decided to start a new weekly feature—Short Story Saturday! Every Saturday, I’ll give my thoughts on a story from an anthology in my short essay.

Short Story: Lost in Translation

Author: Michael Lowenthal

Year: 2011

Summary: It’s the 1980’s, and Carlos is a politically active high school student. He is mesmerized by Pat, the worst student in his Spanish class. Pat is gorgeous, humorous, and he seems to have noticed Carlos, too. But every time Carlos thinks he’s getting closer to Pat, something happens to push them apart.

My thoughts: Lost in Translation is an incredibly raw story. Michael Lowenthal does a great job getting inside his narrator’s head. Everything Carlos thinks and feels is just so honest that you can’t help but hope for his ultimate happiness. Still, this is more of a bittersweet story than a happy one, which is kind of perfect, because that’s how real life is.

Michael Lowenthal further fleshes out his story by placing it in the 80’s and highlighting events that happened in that time period. It is quite interesting to see a high school kid get so involved in current events. Carlos’s Spanish class, too, plays a bit part in the story, and the teacher is quite entertaining.

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Past Perfect by Leila Sales

April 18 2017, 17:11pm

Posted by Kevin Bowlby

Summary: Chelsea is having a tough time getting over her ex-boyfriend. When she starts working at a Colonial reenactment attraction over the summer (the same place she’s worked for almost her entire life), she isn’t expecting to find a summer romance. But when Dan, an employee of the Civil War reenactment attraction across the street, kidnaps Chelsea as part of the two attractions’ years-long feud, she ends up falling for him. But if her co-workers (and friends) ever found out, they’d be furious—it’s treason to even think about the Civil War employees.

My thoughts: Because this is a contemporary book, I’ll be switching up my review style—I’ve found it’s easier to write about contemps informally. Hope you guys don’t mind!

Past Perfect was exactly what I needed. I was completely stressed out with packing for school at the time I read it, and this book helped me relax (and better yet, it put a smile on my face!). Past Pefect is a light read, but it does cover some more serious subjects, like letting go and learning to live for today, not yesterday. I really liked how the themes tied in with the setting—a Colonial reenactment attraction. Because Chelsea is almost literally stuck in the past, and because that’s the way she’s been raised, it’s harder for her to focus on the present.

Essex (the Colonial reenactment place) was a really neat setting; I’ve always been a bit curious about historical interpreters (a.k.a. the people who dress up and pretend they live in the 1700’s), and Past Perfect revealed that they’re just regular people. Sure, there are some crazies (and boy, were they hilarious to read about!), but most people that work as interpreters are just like us. I also really loved the “War” (capital W) that went on between the Essex teens and the Civil War reenactment teens. Some seriously funny stuff went down, and I really enjoyed reading about the two sides constantly trying to outwit each other. Epic pranks were pulled!

Chelsea was a really likable protagonist. I loved how smart and quick she was (her retorts almost always made me smirk)! She didn’t really stand out as particularly unique, as far as protagonists go, but she was fun, and her narration always kept things exciting. Chelsea’s friends, on the other hand, were very memorable. From Fiona and her long-hair fetish to Bryan the toad-like history buff, Past Perfect was chock-full of fabulous secondary characters.

The last thing I’ll mention is, of course, the romance. The forbidden love between Chelsea and Dan was kind of humorous, but the moments that they were actually together were precious. Their relationship started off flirty and tentative, but later progressed into something much more passionate. I loved how Leila Sales paced their romance—it felt very real.

If you’re looking for an adorable romance with lots of laughs, Past Perfect is a perfect choice. I was hooked from page one, and found myself smiling all the way until the end.

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Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

April 18 2017, 17:09pm

Posted by Kevin Bowlby

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing

Release date: February 14, 2011

Pages: 243

Summary: Ashlyn was kidnapped by one of her nannies when she was a little girl. Since then, her overprotective parents have made sure that she always has a bodyguard by her side. When Stuart, the most recent in a line of bodyguards, does something to get fired, Ashlyn’s parents must find a new protector. They decide on Colin, Ashlyn’s childhood enemy. But soon Ashlyn finds herself falling for Colin…

My thoughts: I’d heard such good things about Jennifer Laurens’ books, but I’d never had the chance to read them. When I got the chance to read Overprotected, I was very excited! Overprotected didn’t disappoint—it was engaging and really enjoyable. I wouldn’t say it’s the deepest or most enlightening of books, but it’s certainly worth reading for fun.

Initially, I had a bit of trouble getting into Overprotected. The whole situation just seemed too ridiculous, and Ashlyn’s submissiveness was kind of grating (“Daddy” this; “Daddy” that). Eventually, though, I began to really get into the story, and I was really glad I stuck with it!

The thing that kept me from putting Overprotected down when I was supposed to be sleeping was Ashlyn’s parents. I wanted to smack them! The way they treat their daughter is borderline abusive. Ashlyn isn’t allowed to go anywhere without a bodyguard, and her friends have to be pre-approved before she can interact with them. How awful! The way Jennifer Laurens built up Ashlyn’s frustration was perfect—she started out with just a twinge of annoyance but soon became a ticking time bomb.

Another thing that I really liked about Overprotected was the romance. Jennifer Laurens really knows how to work sexual tension. Phew! There was steam rising up off the pages! Ashlyn’s desire was really honest—it wasn’t cheesy at all. The one thing that confused me was Ashlyn’s quick dismissal of her bad past with Colin. I guess she was blinded by his hotness? It just seemed a bit inconsistent. Still, the chemistry between Colin and Ashlyn was perfect, and I ate up every bit of their relationship.

Overprotected is a highly enjoyable read that I’d recommend to fans of YA (particularly females—they’ll love the romance. I know I did!). Ashlyn is easy to sympathize with, and the actions of her parents will have anyone shouting obscenities.

 

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