So I’m on the job hunt, and I have some questions about cover letters.
First, should they be visually styled in the same way that my resume is styled? (Here’s my resume for context) Or should it just be a straight written document?
Second, a lot of the articles that I am reading mention that it is super important to show what you can bring to the company via what you have accomplished in the past… i.e. measurements. For instance, “I did X action and it resulted in X increase in site traffic / profits /etc, so I have a track record that proves that I can help you out.”
I have projects that I have completed for General Assembly’s UXDI course, but even when I include last project where I worked with a real client, I don’t have anything that I can show that I’ve done that is measurable. I just have projects showing that I know the process. The same goes for my work as a research assistant when I was getting my B.S. in Psychology. What can I write instead?
Third, I know the importance of having an person who can be an “in” to the company. However, a lot of times, I don’t know anybody. I know that LinkedIn has a section that says “Reaching out to people can help you get the job. See Recommendations.” When I click on this, the only commonality I have with these people is that we both went to the same college. How can I best leverage this to send a message that isn’t spammy and gives me a heads up in the competition?