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The cover letter

According to the Harvard Business Review, the most challenging part of applying for a job is probably writing an effective cover letter.

They recommend that you

  • write a strong opening statement that makes clear why you want the job and why you’re right for it;
  • are succinct, professional and mature;
  • mention an accomplishment that shows you can address the challenges the employer faces.

 

Wise words …

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” H. G. Wells

Today is Mothering Sunday

Today is what I call “Mothering Sunday” or what Americans call “Mother’s Day”. In Britain, the day is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April. The Telegraph has written an article telling you everything you need to know about theContinue Reading

Have a smile!

If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your trousers (British English) or pants (American English).

A tool to help you simplify and amplify your productivity

If you’re a checklist lover, you’ll love checkli. You can create, save and manage your free checklists, tasks and goals for everything in your life. They says its for “students, teachers, business professionals, content marketers, moms, dads, pilots, nurses, doctors and everyone who wants to be way more productive and efficient in life”. Sound good?Continue Reading

Using more respectful language

Instead of asking someone what their “sexual preference” is, grammarly.com recommends using the more respectful term “sexual orientation”.

Ideas to liven up your meetings

So many people hate meetings. So what’s going wrong? How can one make meetings more open, fun, creative and participative? I’ve just read that you can open the meeting with a positive round. interrupt the meeting regularly. lose the table. get the body in there. use strategically placed silence. If that all sounds rather strangeContinue Reading

Good versus well 2

Did you watch the video clip last week on when to use “good” and when to use “well”? Then you might like to watch this video clip (link to: grammarbook.com), too.

On not forgetting

“I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Holland versus the Netherlands

A lot of people talk about “Holland” when they really mean “The Netherlands”. So what is correct? And what is “Holland”? Watch this short video clip (link to: YouTube) to find out.