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Old 01-07-2019, 05:48 PM
 
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I'm not a salesperson. To me it comes across as slimy and too much self promotion. But is that what someone should do when looking for a job.



I usually stay matter of fact in my cover letters. But I recently decided to highlight (sell) my positives, such as saying that I was able to work unsupervised and independently with minimal training. I feel like an ass saying that, but it's pretty much true. Is saying things like that a good idea, especially if the job will require working independently?
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Of course it's fine but don't word it in a way that sounds like gloating. Give a specific example, if asked, how you worked independently.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:16 AM
 
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Of course you need to sell yourself. How will you stand out from the crowd.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:09 PM
 
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You must sell yourself at the interview.

They have pain and you're the Bayer Aspirin.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Nothing wrong with what you've said. Gotta sell yourself, most importantly with specific details.
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Old 01-15-2019, 05:22 PM
 
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The selling starts with the pain letter.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan.../#17487f1e6503

At the interview, do a pain interview
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan.../#38f9cd6c511c

This is what is meant by selling yourself.

Remember, they have a headache and you're the aspirin, extra strength. They have a problem, and you're the solution.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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The selling starts with the pain letter.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan.../#17487f1e6503

At the interview, do a pain interview
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan.../#38f9cd6c511c

This is what is meant by selling yourself.

Remember, they have a headache and you're the aspirin, extra strength. They have a problem, and you're the solution.
My only issue with the pain letter in the article is why did the guy say 'Dear Jane'? Wouldn't Ms. Addams have been a better choice?
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Old 01-16-2019, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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My only issue with the pain letter in the article is why did the guy say 'Dear Jane'? Wouldn't Ms. Addams have been a better choice?
My issue is "pain letters" are simply a gimmick that might work in very limited circumstances. Companies of decent size have a method in place and best results come from following their direction.

Cover letters, resumes, and candidates best stand out by their content, not their delivery.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:13 PM
 
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My only issue with the pain letter in the article is why did the guy say 'Dear Jane'? Wouldn't Ms. Addams have been a better choice?
Very few people are so formal these days.
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Just the terms pain letter and pain interview brings me pain.
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