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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 2: Tone

Earlier we discussed style in cover letter writing.  This go round, we are going to focus on tone which is created by our word choices.  And for cover letters everything should have an active tone.  Check your apathy and passivity at the door, because to get a job we have to present an empowered, proactive stance to our audience — …

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Quick Tips For Cover Letters — Part 1: Style

In the job hunting experience, the cover letter can be the most deadening part of the whole process.  The sitting down, facing a computer and trying to think of wonderful things to say about yourself — things which jive with the ad that you are answering — can be daunting.  Even if you work from a template, the entire thing …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 3)

Fifth:  Use Us and We… Yes, it's an interview and you hardly know these people.  But at the same time, what is the harm in saying "And how would we handle that situation?"  Instead of "And how do you handle that situation?"  People like collaborators and collaborators use inclusive language.  So strive to reduce any "us and them" mentality.  If …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 2)

Third: Be Prepared… So you've practiced and polished your interview skills, worked on your demeanor and developed your ease of being.  What next?  Be prepared! First create some interview uniforms — this way you don't even have to think about what to wear.  Wear these clothes around the house — like breaking in a new pair of shoes — so …

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Five Little Tips for Interviewing (Part 1)

  Getting the resume together is only part of the job hunt story.  While that CV will get your foot in the door, what happens after you get the rest of your body into the lobby?  Being a polished interviewee doesn't make up for not having the right skill set for the job.  But being able to shine in the …

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Assertiveness vs. Agressiveness

Recently I was chatting with someone on the subway about assertiveness and how difficult it is to be assertive.  As we chatted, it hit me how so many people are unassertive because they are afraid of being too aggressive.  Which humorously, if we are shying away from assertive behavior because of concerns about being overly rude or aggressive, then we …

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News: We’re Accepting Potomacs!

We expanded our reach in Baltimore with BNotes, now we're expanding our reach in the DC-area with its local/complimentary currency, the Potomac.  Founded in 2009, Potomacs are coordinated by the Greater Washington Exchange, which is an umbrella arm of Ecolocity (a non-profit devoted to environmental, social and economic sustainability).  Like the BNotes, one can purchase Potomacs at area cambios or …

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300% Green Wind Power!

See Potential | Life Coaching is now being hosted by one of the web's greenest web hosting companies, GreenGeeks.  The web host states that they offer "300% Wind Powered, Certified REC's through Bonneville Environmental Foundation," so in effect we're now not adding to the carbon footprint, but perhaps off-setting it by just a teensy-weensy little bit.  Let's hope anyway!  If …