Before and After: Great Cover Letters and Thank You Notes

"The Reader" in the Snow by the Newton Free LibraryTammy Gooler Loeb, one of our two intrepid career coach speakers, has a deceptively simple talk this month, how to write a good cover letter (before) and thank you notes  (after) you’ve been interviewed.  If you are a job hunter, I would strongly suggest you come in and see what Tammy’s session has to offer.

In this “Brave New World” of the job hunt, you first have to figure out if you even need to write up a cover letter or whether it is sufficient just to send along a resume.  (See my class below regarding that “sending along” process.)  Whatever you decide,  you still need a basic cover letter.  Writing it is daunting. Tammy will show you how to make your cover letters effective and save you time (and perhaps embarrassment) by avoiding common mistakes.

I was very glad to see that thank you notes are also being covered. People underestimate the importance of writing these troublesome little creatures. I always mention them in my class as an example of a guerrilla tactic for the job hunter.  How can something so civilized be a “guerrilla” tactic?  Because so few people take the time to do it.  And it pays great dividends when done right. It may make the difference between which of two good candidates for a position actually gets hired.  It not only helps the interviewers remember precisely who you are, but to remember you positively.

All you have to do to hear Tammy is to come to Newton Free Library’s  Druker Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00. (Take your first left after you come into the building from the parking lot. Then it’s the first door on your left.) A small expenditure of time and a few steps may help you get hired.


This month’s class on “Applying for a Job Online” will be held the day after Tammy’s talk, on Wednesday, the 23rd of March from 2:30 to 3:30. The class is located in the library’s computer training room on the second floor near the top of the front staircase. There are only ten computer stations so we ask you to call us and register to save your place.  The phone number is 1-617-796-1380

The class covers the use of several online databases, gives tips on dealing with applying for a job online, and shows in detail how to change your formatted resume into plain text. Having a plain text copy of your resume (or cover letter) is critical when you want to send it in the body of your email or when you need to cut and paste it into an online job application. There is a large amount of material to go over, so classes can sometimes run overtime. You will be given handouts of everything covered in class. You should be able to follow the handouts and  do at home most of what we do in class.


Women in Career Transitionwill meet on Tuesday, the 15th of March at 7:30 p.m. in Room A. The meeting room is in the group of rooms directly across from Druker Auditorium.  The purpose of the club is to provide information, share concerns, and give support.  It is led by Joyce Picard, a Career Counselor.  If you are interested or have questions, you may call her at 1-617-969-5673.

vea/1 March 2011
Newton Free Library
Newton, Mass.


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