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anonymous asked: You get a lot of questions from white people
It’s weird, pretty much everyone else can figure out what’s racist by their own damn selves.
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us Macklemore
anonymous asked: I think Ann Coulter has stupid hair. And ideas. But also hair.
Yeah, but mainly, let’s stop judging women, even evil, horrible, 100% asshole racists like Ann Coulter, in terms of their looks.
the yoisthisracist dude is more feminist than me.
That weird thing when you don’t know who to address a cover letter to, and other cover letter stuff.
I wrote extensively about cover letters awhile back, and here are some new thoughts after going through the hiring process, again as hiring manager.
- ID yourself on every page. I like to use a header for cover letters and resumes to promote consistency - and keep a hiring manager organized if they’re printing out a bunch of stuff!
- Don’t address your letter to Sirs and Madams, to Whom it May Concern, etc. Ideally you’ll know who posted it, either someone in the HR department or another staffer, but if you don’t know, you could go for ‘Search Committee.’ It’s what I use even though it’s a bit generic.
- Most important: focus on why you like the org, why that sector is appealing, and what you can do there as an employee. Using that framework will help you create a persuasive piece of writing.
- Be succinct! I think the best cover letter is convincing in three paragraphs - but it can be hard to stick to that. I would say, don’t go over five.
- Proooobably don’t say, “I am a perfect candidate.” Maybe qualify it? I think I am the perfect candidate, or, change it entirely and say: I would be a good fit. “Perfect” promises a lot.
- On that same vein of what not to do, probably don’t say, “I just found out about you.” I don’t think employers should be delusional about their brand awareness or reach, but I’m not sure it conveys the right message unless you continue that thought with all the great things you love about the organization.