Jenny has worked at Google for four and half years, and is currently a Career Development Program Manager and coach. She also blogs at LifeAfterCollege.org, where she provides simple, practical tips about life, work, money, happiness and personal growth. Jenny’s goal is to help people focus on the BIG picture of their lives…not just the details.
In a market where job openings are scarce, sending a cover letter is crucial because it gives you the opportunity to tell hiring directors why you are qualified for the position and what you can bring to the table. It is important to discuss your qualifications and expertise without revealing too much or too little information. Employers want to know why they should hire you.
Do a job because it’s right for you, not because someone else ‘picked’ it for you. Each job you hold is a stepping stone to the next, so do your very best to learn from each job and respect it while you’re doing it. Give back to something or someone who needs a helping hand. And when you feel like your river isn’t flowing in the right direction, I hope you will muster the courage to change course, sooner than later.