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No-Fail Cover Letter Strategy

Cover letters often make or break job candidates for me. Now, not every hiring manager feels that way, in fact I know many who don’t even read cover letters. In my opinion, however, it’s where candidates really set themselves apart and where I really get a sense of who they are and if I want to work with them on a daily basis. Cover letters are also the most frustrating …Read More

Career Coaching for Sports Job Seekers

I started my career coaching service for students and young professionals who are pursuing careers in sports a little over a year ago. I recently decided to survey all my current and past clients to get some ideas about how I can improve my coaching. As part of the survey, I decided to get more organized and create a spreadsheet of all my former clients, their career goals and where …Read More

Workshop Wednesday – November 20, 2013

Each Wednesday I randomly select a cover letter sent in by sports job seekers and critique the letter. If you want to know more about how Workshop Wednesday works or how to send in your cover letter, see this post. I have left comments open, but I will only approve comments with respectful questions or comments. Please note, names and companies have been changed to protect anonymity. This person is applying for full-time …Read More

10 Words That Will Ruin Your Resume and Cover Letter

Great piece over on Monster.com about 10 words/phrases you should remove from your resume. I’d also suggest wiping them out of your cover letter: 1. “Salary negotiable” 2. “References available by request” 3. “Responsible for ______” 4. “Experience working in ______” 5. “Problem-solving skills” 6. “Detail-oriented” 7. “Hardworking”  8. “Team player” 9. “Proactive”  10. “Objective” You can read the reasoning behind steering clear of each one over on Monster.com.

Workshop Wednesday – October 23, 2013

Each Wednesday I randomly select a cover letter sent in by sports job seekers and critique the letter. If you want to know more about how Workshop Wednesday works or how to send in your cover letter, see this post. I have left comments open, but I will only approve comments with respectful questions or comments. Please note, names and companies have been changed to protect anonymity. This person is applying for a …Read More

Workshop Wednesday (on Sunday) – September 29, 2013

Workshop Wednesday was a tad delayed this week due to my book tour travel schedule, but here it is! Each Wednesday I randomly select a cover letter sent in by sports job seekers and critique the letter. If you want to know more about how Workshop Wednesday works or how to send in your cover letter, see this post. I have left comments open, but I will only approve comments with respectful …Read More

Workshop Wednesday – September 18, 2013

Each Wednesday I randomly select a cover letter sent in by sports job seekers and critique the letter. If you want to know more about how Workshop Wednesday works or how to send in your cover letter, see this post. I have left comments open, but I will only approve comments with respectful questions or comments. Please note, names and companies have been changed to protect anonymity. This person is applying for an …Read More

Top Cover Letter Mistakes

After a bit of a summer (and book marketing) hiatus, Workshop Wednesday will return next week! In preparation for its return, I want to go over the most common mistakes I see and provide some examples from past Workshop Wednesdays. Your cover letter is too generic. I know you’re all “motivated” and a “hard worker” and have great “time management skills.” So, do yourself a favor and skip these common …Read More