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  1. Cover Letters 101

    February 10, 2015 by edotgdot

    You need a résumé. What about a cover letter?
     
    Some employers don’t require a letter, some do, and sometimes it is optional. Providing a cover letter, even when it isn’t required, shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile. It also shows that you’ve put thought into your application. Whether you like it or not, cover letters can make or break you.
     
    For one, cover letters highlight your communication skills. They also provide the opportunity to explain your story, offer your understanding of the industry, or explain your recent career change. So why wouldn’t you capitalize on this?
     
    There are dozens of lists out there that explain the components of a standout cover letter, so here’s a narrowed down compilation of the most common Do’s and Don’ts:
     

    Don’t repeat your résumé in your cover letter. You’re lucky enough if the employer takes more than a minute to review your experience and qualifications once. Making them read that information twice? You’ve already bored them.

     

    Do your homework. Nowadays, simply having a stock cover letter is not enough to get by. Your cover letter should be tailored to the employer, showing them that you did your homework. It gives them a reason to consider your application. So if you want to make a good impression, create a unique cover letter that shows your personality and your unique strengths.

     

    Do use your voice! You should use your natural voice when composing your letter. If a human is reading it, a human should write it. Gone are the days when you need to sound self-important. Avoid clichés like detail-oriented leader and seasoned professional.

     

    Do be creative! You want to give the employer a reason to remember you, and you can do that by drawing them in with a clever introduction and then finishing strong as well. For example, you can start with a thought-provoking quotation or your philosophy on how to approach business. Show them that you understand their needs. You can end with an offer to create a work sample or invite them to see your webinar.

     

    Do keep it short and sweet. Employers are busy and are likely sifting through hundreds of applications. For this reason, a cover letter should only be around half a page to a page long. Break it out into bullets, expanding on the requirements listed in the job description.

     

    Do show. You don’t want to say, “I believe I am perfect for this position” or anything of the sort. Your belief is not going to get you the job. Instead, show the employer how you’re the perfect candidate. Tell them a story about a recent problem you solved or a recent campaign you led.

     
    Here are helpful articles:
     

    Five Cover Letter Cliches That Make Employers Cringe

    Six Secrets to Writing a Great Cover Letter

    Four Ways to Make Writing Cover Letters Suck Less

    Five Ways Your Cover Letter Lost You the Job

     

  2. Word Crimes – Song of Summer

    July 16, 2014 by edotgdot

    Last year’s hit makes a comeback. Check out Weird Al’s Blurred Lines parody and learn a thing or two.
     
     


     
     

  3. Every day or Everyday?

    February 4, 2014 by edotgdot

    . . .it’s a gettin’ closer / Goin’ faster than a roller coaster / Love like yours will surely come my way. . .  -Buddy Holly

    Everyday or every day? Well, it depends.

    Everyday is an adjective used to describe things that (1) occur every day or (2) are ordinary or commonplace. In the phrase every day, the adjective every modifies the noun day, and the phrase usually functions adverbially.

    Every day you eat breakfast. Sam walks the dog every day.

    Can’t figure out which one to use? Replace everyday or every day with each day. If each day would make sense in its place, then you want to use the two-word form.

    To explore further, review these examples.

    I take a nap every day.

    Reading is an everyday activity.

    I take the train to the office every day.

    Those are my everyday shoes.

    (Buddy Holly should have used Every Day, but we’ll let it slide.)

  4. New Year – New Resolve

    January 6, 2014 by edotgdot

    Statistic Brain found that only 8 percent of us keep our new year’s resolution.

    You know the drill. We get geared up to make it happen, but we are so focused on the end result that when we don’t see immediate results we feel let down. Disappointed, deflated, burned out. You name it. We are affixed on that hard-and-fast goal instead of enjoying the process itself.

    So instead of making a resolution this year, do this instead advises Chris Brogran, founder and CEO of Human Business Works, and a prolific author on the topics of social media, customer engagement and behavioral psychology.

    Choose three powerful words and build a system around the words.

    Brogan explains it like this:

    “Create three guiding words and use these as representations of three major focuses for the coming year. The concept is simple enough: think of three words that sum up what you want to change or work towards in the coming year. Instead of a goal like “lose weight” or a better goal like “lose 30 pounds in the next year,” you might choose a word like “green” to represent an overall commitment to having more plant-based foods in your life, and to restore your body to a more natural state. See the difference? As an example, in 2006, I chose Ask. Do. Share. It was easy, and yet, the effort of maintaining a focus on what I wanted from those three words gave me tons of success.”

    The second step is to build a system around your words. If  your goal is to write a novel, then create a writing schedule and stick to it. The same goes for working out, meditating, getting a new job, applying for school.

    Commit to doing one thing each day that will take you closer to where you want to be. And remember to enjoy the ride––it’s the journey, not the destination.

     

  5. Résumé Writing Workshop. Downtown Chicago – October 29th

    October 15, 2013 by edotgdot

    Résumé Writing Workshop

     
    With the success of the first workshop on the northside, e.g. Editors LLC is hosting another résumé writing class in downtown Chicago.  Each class is different because each client has different needs. In this workshop format, students get individual feedback as well as the benefits of group discussion.
     
    Here are the details:
     

    Revamp your Résumé
    October 29, 2013
    530pm–700pm
    Bongiorno’s | 540 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611
    Total cost is $45 (includes packet and light refreshments).

     

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

     

     

     

  6. Little Free Library

    September 12, 2013 by Nicole Grabowski

    What’s the first (relaxing) thing you can think of doing on a lazy afternoon?

     

    Reading a good book, of course! A recent visit to a beach in the Pacific Northwest revealed the coolest idea I’ve seen in a while: a little free library; a tiny wooden schoolhouse mailbox-of-sorts filled with books for the taking.

     

    It’s stunning these days to see something for free; a successful enterprise based upon the honor system. It’s so rare; perhaps that’s part of the charm. But the idea makes perfect sense: leave a book you’re ready to part with, and take a book to read. You can even keep the new book if you love it just that much–no late fees or e-book charges! It’s a simple idea, but one that has touched hands and hearts worldwide.

     

    I’ve seen one more of these feel-good boxes, in the trendy area of a waterfront town in Washington State. This prompted me to investigate the inspiration behind such an idea. Turns out they have a whole website dedicated to the project, which began in 2009 when Tod Bol mounted the first little free library on his Wisconsin lawn in memory of his mother, an avid reader and school teacher. Since then people have created thousands of these beautiful miniature libraries to promote literacy and goodwill.

     

    The website provides the latest news, including philanthropic opportunities and a step-by-step on how to start your own little free library. I plan on starting my own with my children’s books. Hopefully it won’t be long before you see one pop up in your neighborhood, or create one yourself.

     

    LittleLibrary

     

  7. Résumé Writing Workshops in Chicago. September 2013.

    August 27, 2013 by edotgdot

    Revamp your Résumé.

    Would you like to save a little money and still get valuable advice on how to improve your résumé? Then sign up for this workshop I am teaching next month.

    With the tips, tricks, and tools from this class, you’ll be able to revamp your résumé so that you stand out in today’s marketplace. I will address job-specific questions and each participant will receive a comprehensive information packet.


    Revamp your Résumé
    September 10, 2013 or September 24, 2013
    530pm–630pm
    Aje Cafe | 2942 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657
    Total cost is $35 (includes packet).

     

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

     

     

  8. Our Future Library

    July 11, 2013 by Nicole Grabowski

    An evolution.

     
     
    I tried to explain to my young kids the other day that we once needed to scour the card catalog to find a book in the library. They’ve never heard of a card catalog––that didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me? My eldest asked why on earth I would go to a library to find a book. That’s when I realized: the library of the future will mean something entirely different to my children than it did to me. And I began to wonder what a library in 10 years will be able to offer the general public.
     
    I’ve already noticed it in new libraries: the outstanding ‘’green’’ architecture, modern furniture, more technology than my recent visit to the Microsoft store.
     
    Libraries are changing, and I think it’s fantastic. Unlike the quiet, rigid and dusty domains of the past, up-and-coming libraries are light, vibrant, and sometimes even loud. Modern libraries are all about collaboration; meeting spaces with Smart boards and cafés are focal points. Classes, programs, and parent meet-ups remain popular.
     
    Sure, books are still present (and will always be in some capacity), but they are fast becoming an afterthought as opposed to the main attraction. Computers, tablets, and smart phones rule our minds, and it was only a matter of time before libraries adapted. Not everyone is ready to adopt the idea of giving up their paperback for an e-book, but I wonder if we romanticize our relationship with books as ‘’old-fashioned’’ print seems to slowly slip away from us? Our hands and eyes will adapt to the e-book; digitization is the present and future. Efforts to decrease our physical space are quickly catching on.
     
    I think my kids might actually enjoy visiting a library when they’re teenagers. Instead of being constantly ‘’shushed,’’ or spending time looking for a book (only to find that it’s been checked out and won’t be available for days), they’ll be offered a chance to learn with visually stimulating, innovative technology in a comfortable setting. And of course, everything will be at their fingertips within seconds. After all, the culture we live in now doesn’t support waiting any more than it supports being shushed. People will have a reliably cool place to collaborate with others for discussion and learning with the tools that support their lifestyles.
     
    The social aspect of learning will be the future library’s niche. Because no matter how much we love our digital devices, real people in real places will always add depth and inspiration in a way that technology can’t, and I hope my kids appreciate that too.
     
     

  9. We’re on Yelp.

    May 22, 2013 by edotgdot

    Hello world,

    We are pleased to announce that e.g. Editors LLC is now featured on Yelp.
     

    Click below to read our reviews or to write a review about our services.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/e-g-editors-llc-chicago

     
     

  10. Celebrating Poetry.

    April 5, 2013 by edotgdot

    Nostalgia.

     
    On the steps of my grade school, my love of writing was born. Back then, I liked playing with words, letting them flow, creating a rhyme. I remember how freeing it felt, just writing poems for the heck of it. (Now, I work hard to get back to that place in my creative projects.)

    It is sad to say that I do not write poems as often I used to, nor do I read poetry as much as I did as a child. Poetry is amazing because it can evoke a feeling or spell out a truth in such a short amount of time. So April’s to do? Celebrate National Poetry Month. We can all use a little poetry in our lives, no? Below, one of my favorite poems. This week, take five minutes out to read poetry. Next week? A writing challenge.
     
     
    Dream Deferred
    By Langston Hughes

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    And then run?

    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?