A Killer Secret To Get Your Cover Letter ReadWritten by Jimmy Sweeney
You're still readingĖso I know my title grabbed your attention.
Why? Because it 'packed a punch.' You have three seconds to nab your reader in any written communication. Do it with a smashing title or headline! This secret technique, when used properly, practically guarantees that he or she will stay with you till last line of your cover letter, article, or report.
How does this little secret apply to a resume cover letter? I'm glad you asked! Put it at top of your next job-search cover letter and you'll attract employer's undivided attention. Without this powerful little gem, however, you risk being a victim of 'scan and trash' syndrome.
Why do I use phrase, "Killer Secret?" To make my point. It's an attention-grabber! I got your attention and curiosity. You can lasso same things from your reader.
When it comes to cover letters, however, use of a headline is hardly a theory. It's a FACT that everyone is attracted to books and articles and letters that have a title that sizzles like a burger on a grill!
People today pick up a magazine, newspaper or advertisement, scan first and read later. You can stop that process cold. A strong headline that 'jumps' off page of your cover letter will keep them reading your writing. And if you're trying to land a job interview, what could be more important than riveting person to your every word?
Imagine results you'll experience in your job search when your cover letter opens with an attention-grabbing headline that is so unique and so compelling that hiring manager cannot put it down? He or she will actually be excited to meet you, to discuss job, and to hand it over to you! Potential employees that show creativity and color in their communication are a boon to any company.
Do You Ever Give Up Coaching Employees?Written by CMOE Development Team
In principle, we donít want to give up coaching employees. We want to believe that we can eventually make a difference. Sometimes itís our own ego that drives our persistence and determination.
In reality, if we have followed coaching process, we have honored our stewardship as a coach. This is especially true if we have followed process for a significant period of time. However, coaches often make mistake of staking their pride and confidence as a coach on one or two challenging situations. This can be dangerous! It would be nice to believe that we have that much control over another human being. However, everyone has right to choose their own destiny. We canít force change; we canít even motivate someone else. But, we can clarify, explain, explore, highlight, recommend, and encourage. When coaching employees, we have to decide when to ďback off,Ē and let situation either improve or deteriorate.
For years, CMOE has advised coaches to follow-up and be persistent a little longer than expected. Coaching employees takes patience Ė a lot of patience! But, donít be unreasonable. If topic permits, allow some time for right decisions and actions to kick in. When dealing with policy, ethics, values, safety, or legal issues, explain timeline to coachee. We are not suggesting an ultimatum. Just explain time sensitivity and create a time boundary.
Check in frequently with coachee to see how they are doing, and remind them of timeframe. If there is insufficient responsiveness or progress, this may indicate a lack of judgment, character, integrity, or indifference. When these signals arise, do a quick reality check:
- Have you diagnosed situation?
- Have you tried all of coaching skills?
- Have you involved others in an appropriate way?