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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

I hand out a lot of free advice.


I have studied career development strategies for 15+ years!

I know this stuff inside out.

I also know many people struggle to make basic career decisions.

So if I can help, I will.

Today’s tip comes from an application a friend asked me to review. Before I sent him back my recommendations, I suggested he do the following:

Call the department.

Ask for the name of the person to whom you can address your cover letter.


This way…

  1. You submit your application to a real person.
  2. The real person gets that warm fuzzy feeling – which works well for you and your application.
  3. You call back a few days later and ask to talk with this person (to follow up on your application).
  4. You impress them with your savvy methods and demonstrate your commitment to excellence.

Taking the time to connect with the human on the other side of the hiring process doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can prove very beneficial.

Related Categories: Career Clarity, Job Search

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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