This summer, we had the opportunity to work with Margot
Lester, a UNC alum with years of experience in professional writing. She worked
for Monster.com before starting her own business, The Word Factory, here in
Chapel Hill. As a writer by trade, she understands persuasive writing and wants
students to think about a cover letter as just another piece of persuasive
Next time you’re ready to revise your cover letter, try to
incorporate some of Ms. Lester’s tips:
Cover letters are often an overlooked aspect of the job
search, but often your cover letter can be just as important as your resume.
Here are some tips we’ve compiled from working with students and employers:
Never arrive late:
Arrive to an interview at least 10 minutes before time. This will give you time to calmly wait for
the interview. Review your resume and
think about some of the points you want to bring up during the interview. Plus an interviewer should never have to wait
for your arrival.
Two huge lessons that I wish I
learned earlier is that exploring is essential and don’t put all your eggs in
one basket. I realized the lessons my sophomore year when recognized that what
I set my sights on from the beginning was not what I actually wanted to do. I
came to UNC convinced I knew exactly what I wanted to be and what I wanted to
do. However, that was not exactly the case. Everyone around me seemed to have
everything together and knew exactly what they would do, so I chose something
imprudently and struck to it.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”
This is why
Erinn Wofford- Allen’s job as recruiter/ specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield
North Carolina is so important. As a member of the Talent Acquisition team, she
plays a large role in the hiring of new employees. I had the opportunity to
talk to her about her experience in human resources and was even able to learn
some resume do’s and don’t’s.
I used my study abroad experience
and Women Studies’ research paper to get an internship at the Center for
Reproductive Rights. While I had studied abroad in Japan, I had taken a gender
studies class with an emphasis on women in Asia. I learned that while Japan had
one of the best economies in the world, their reproductive health initiatives
still need work, especially in granting women accessible birth control access.
When I returned, my interest in reproductive rights was strengthened when I
took another Women Studies class and was able to conduct a research paper on
reproductive health initiatives for women in Japan. I knew that I wanted to
continue this research in one of my summer internships while still being able
to get law experience. That’s when one of my advisors recommended me for an
internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City.
college students, we interact with student affairs professionals all the time.
They are an essential part of our Carolina experience, helping us seamlessly
weave together the threads of our academic, personal, and professional lives.
But have you ever considered getting involved in the field yourself? To kick
off Careers in Student Affairs month, I sat down to chat with University Career
Services’ very own Christy Walker to talk about her job as a career counselor.
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