The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
How do I write a letter of condolence to my best friend whose dad passed away when it is the only way I have of contacting him? [more inside]
Sometimes someone does you wrong (most often in a relationship), and there is a desire to call them out, to write a scathing letter. Often it's advised to write it out but not send it. Can someone help me understand why? [more inside]
I would like to include in my cover letter the sentiment that the years I took off from work (for reasons I touch on) make me hungry for any job I take on. I would really like a job that gave me things to think about, something to focus on and obsess over. How can I put this that doesn't use the word "hungry" and makes me sound more like a dedicated worker and less like a slightly crazed person? My thesaurus's suggestion of "could eat a horse" is not helping.
Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
Christmas gift help: what's a fun way to visually design a different love letter for each month of the year? [more inside]
My SO applied for, was interviewed for, and subsequently was offered an academic post (lectureship). Some stuff just wasn't right from the outset, and all the contact with the department made it clear that it's not the right place to be working. Please help us to say 'no thanks' correctly. [more inside]
I haven't known him for that long. And am in a position of privilege [more inside]
I'm considering confronting my father with the threat of estrangement. What should I know before initiating this kind of "break" with family? (Snowflakes abound, but general guidance helps too!) [more inside]
A question about writing letters of recommendation. Specifically, when the letters are not hand-written and snail mailed, but are emailed instead. [more inside]
How do I write a sincere thank you letter acknowledging a job offer, and thanking the person for their note, but avoid any language suggesting my decision one way or another? [more inside]
I'm writing a cover letter applying to film casting internships in NYC. When I explain why I want to work for specific companies how do I avoid sounding fanboyish? Also how do I broach the subject of my age? [more inside]
What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
I'm about to enter the work force with a Masters degree and little applied work experience. What do I do? [more inside]
My wife and I were writing a brief thank-you note to some friends, and she was helping to edit. I then signed it off as 'Arandia & Wife' -- only my wife says that it should be 'Wife & Arandia', since *I* wrote the letter and it is coming from my email address. [more inside]
I'm looking for a form letter that I can use to send to managers of shops when I've been provided with good customer service. Ideally, I'm looking for something that I can just edit the small details of, like the individual's name, what they did that warranted the letter, etc. Also, if you were a shop worker's manager, what would you really like to know/read in this kind of letter?
This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
When addressing a formal or business letter to multiple parties, say, A, B, and C, is there a rule for the order, e.g. by how important people are? I.e. if A is more important than B is more important than C, is it: Dear Mr. A, Ms. B and Dr. C: or Dear Dr. C., Ms. B and Mr. A: and are there style guides that I can reference for this? [more inside]
I have a voluntary position with the union I'm a member of, which involves a lot of extra work, which has been fine up until now. Recently, the job role has changed, with people in my position being encouraged to take on additional duties. There have also been other changes that I'm not happy with. How do I go about resigning my position without causing bad feeling, especially as I will likely need the services of the organisation in the future? [more inside]
My wife received an anonymous creepy letter from someone out of state. [more inside]
I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
Recommendation letter wording help: how to tactfully ask a professor to decline my request for recommendation if they cannot provide a "strong" recommendation. [more inside]
Should I ask the mentor from my current employer (who doesn't know I'm leaving) for a recommendation letter? [more inside]
How to go about sending an apology after two years of no contact with a former friend? Snowflake! [more inside]
I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
I have this Old Fashioned glass with a bold, matte black letter printed on it. It's 4" high and 3 1/4" in diameter. The bottom has bumps the size of smallish marbles. I have a suspicion that it was carried by Crate and Barrel in the 70s or 80s, because my mom has one too, and my family got a lot of decor from there when I was a kid. I'm looking for more, specifically a J or an M for my wife's birthday. (She loves having her initials on things.) Any ideas?
Looking for some help getting some toys that seem to only be available in Asia. [more inside]
I want to send a letter with a personal touch but I have horrific handwriting. [more inside]
A4 or letter size Android tablet - does it exist? [more inside]
Freelance Filter >> How to approach my client diplomatically on a letter? [more inside]
Applied for job last month, didn't get it. Now another job from same company has been posted - a position that would be reporting to the higher-up position I applied for last month. Is it completely weird to throw my hat in the ring again? Snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
Getting back into letter writing. Thinking about using wax seals, looking for some information. [more inside]
Looking for stories/poems/paintings/etc. that include a letter written in blood. [more inside]
HistoryFilter: Help my friend figure out which famous pre-1800s, European historical figure this riddle refers to. [more inside]
After an interview: thank-you letter? e-mail? card? [more inside]
Should I read my friend's suicide letter? [more inside]
Help me find this epistolary novel [more inside]
Looking for lab research assistant/technician jobs in the academic industry. Many of these jobs within the same schools have the same recruiter. Is it bad to have a similar cover letter for the same recruiter for these similar jobs? [more inside]
I have this old hand written letter that I need help transcribing. [more inside]
Where are some good places in Paris to find interesting paper to write letters on? [more inside]
Germanfilter: Can someone help me translate this German handwritten letter? [more inside]
When obtaining a letter of recommendation, is it best to go for rank or intimacy? [more inside]
We're planning on having a love letter and wine box ceremony for our wedding, but I don't like wine that much (although a sweeter wine that lasts that long could be an option). What else could we put in the box that would last for 25 years and still taste good/be nice to have? Doesn't have to be food or drink, I'm open to anything.
Where can someone who cares about children, especially those who are disadvantaged orwith special needs find a job outside of the classroom? [more inside]
Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
I have written a cover letter. I would like to know whether it makes recruiters jump for joy or punch the screen. [more inside]
I had a phone interview for an entry level position at a small tech startup, but the interviewer is about forty minutes late with no signs of appearing. How do I respond? Possibly relevant: When I confirmed the interview, I forgot to "Reply All" and didn't CC it to two people. Because of this, my interviewer might have missed my confirmation or something.
Back in 2002 I reblogged a story from CNN on a personal, non-commercial blog. I included a photograph that came with the story. Today I received a nastygram (at my work address) from the photographer saying I violated his copyright, with an invoice for about $1600. I took down the photo immediately. Now what? I am in the U.S. and the photographer is in Germany, if that makes any difference.
Are there pangrams (i.e. "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog") which are written in a non-Latin script (e.g. Cyrillic) but the sentence itself is in English (or even phonetic English)? [more inside]