Special Strategies for Special Situations
Are you a recent college grad, looking for your first job or internship? Are you interested in returning to the job market after some time at home? Are you trying to overcome “traumatic job circumstances,” that is, being fired or laid off? Or are you simply motivated to get that next big opportunity?
Almost every job-seeker perceives his/her situation as special, involving unique circumstances and challenges. In reality, your situation may not be so unusual, and you should find inspiration from the samples in this chapter. As you read on, you will see you are not alone and that you can identify job-search role models in the pages that follow.
Read and think about comments appearing at the end of the samples in this chapter. They identify key strategies associated with each special circumstance. Bulleted comments are offered as glimpses into their job-search circumstances and cover-letter strategies. Are they pertinent to your situation?
As you review the samples in this and other chapters, keep in mind that the word count and the physical sizes of letters were reduced here in order to fit into this book. When you draft and finalize correspondence, you will use regular letter-size paper or e-mail. While each word should be carefully chosen, you need not limit yourself to the number of words in these samples.