This Episode’s Question
My question is about a letter of introduction. My wife is applying for a licensed social work position for a school district. The application has a spot for a letter of introduction. This is the first time either of us have come across a requirement like that. So…what is it? Then, should it be written by you or by a third party? And should you submit only one like you do for a cover letter or multiple letters like you do for letters of recommendations? Thanks for your input.
What You’ll Learn In The Audio
– Whether to comply with their funky, old school job application requests.
– The origins of these traditions from the 1700’s and 1800’s. Yup! They’re that old school.
– Your safest bet for action when you get any outlier requirement while applying for a new job.
– How you can use this type of requirement as a sign post for the company culture you’re about to join.
– Whether recruiters and hiring managers want you to do cover letters as a separate attachment. Hint: highly-debated-topic alert!
– How to not get yourself excluded for a job because you missed a step that was intended to check your attention to detail.
– A more modern version of this mythical letter of introduction (a referral), and how an email from a 3rd party introducing you to the employer is a great tip for getting in the door and getting noticed.
Tweetable of the Episode
Take notice of job application requirements as a sign of the company culture.
Resource of the Episode
Article: Too funny! You’ll get a kick out of this Wikipedia article on Letters of Introduction. Besides the fact that it reinforces the old-school-osity, there’s a fun quip in there from Ben Franklin writing one in a sarcastic way.
Related Episodes to Go Deeper on The Topic
– People who are applying for new roles also wondered whether you should submit a unique resume for each job you apply for.
– They also wanted strategies to keep their resume out of the trash bin and at the top of the pile.
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As an international speaker and facilitator, Lisa Cummings has delivered events to over 11,500 participants in 14 countries. You can see her featured in places like Harvard Business Publishing, Training Magazine, and Forbes. When she’s not out spotting strengths in people, you’ll find her playing drums, rescuing dogs, or watching live music in Austin, TX. Her Top 5 StrengthsFinder Talents are: Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity | Individualization | Woo.