Chef Cover Letter Writing 101: Paper and Electronic Letters

When I think of the average job seeker’s approach to cover letters, I’m reminded of the Publishers’ Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. You know, all those crazy coupons and stickers and NASA-level procedures on how to put it all together correctly. You become excited that you’re going to win that $10-million prize because the letter says so…it has your name all over it, just as if they wrote it to you personally, right?

Of course, most people get it that the “personalized” letter from the Publishers’ Clearinghouse is actually produced by a word processing system with a mail merge feature. Likewise, most hiring executives can spot a form letter even if it has their name inserted at various points.

Chef Cover Letter Myths and Resume Nonsense

When it comes to know-how on finding work, most folks get their information in much the same way they learned about "the birds and bees." They get their "information" from equally uninformed peers while tiptoeing around behind the current boss's back. With nervous giggles, they repeat what they've heard on the street, and end up latching onto some very silly notions. This misinformation is a mixture of outdated notions (that which was once true and now isn't) and "common sense" (that which is widespread / popular, but was never true and never will be).

E-mailing Resumes: The Good, The Bad, The Unexpected

By Tracy Laswell Williams

The following article is based on an e-mail I received from a "recently re-employed UNIX Guru" - we'll call him Louis, because, well, that's his name. Fresh from a relatively short period of unemployment, he still identifies with those still in job search mode - and nice guy that he is, he wanted to share a few pointers with you regarding e-mailing of resumes in the hope that it would improve your success. His company gets lots of e-mail from job seekers - and get this:

Why you should not post a public resume on line-

by George Cook

From's Privacy policy: " cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. Therefore, although we are committed to protecting your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private. As a user of the Site, you understand and agree that you assume all responsibility and risk for your use of the Site, the internet generally, and the documents you post or access and for your conduct on and off the Site."

Identity Theft-
If you post your resume in a job bank do you really have any idea of who is looking at your resume? In most cases no. Anyone can purchase access to these databases and have access to any private information you have posted.