Two miscellaneous things:
1. In this article in Self, I do a round-up of my favorite tips for writing good cover letters.
2. And a reader sent me this interesting news release from the Corporation for National & Community Service, which mentions research showing that unemployed people who volunteer over the next year have 27% higher odds of being employed at the end of the year than non-volunteers. Among rural volunteers and volunteers without a high school diploma, the likelihood increases by about double that.
That makes sense, because volunteering — in addition to doing good — can keep your skills up-to-date, give you work to put on your resume where you’d otherwise have a period of no activity, expose you to new fields, expand your network, give you a sense of accomplishment that can boost your self-confidence in interviews, and turn you into a known quantity for the people you meet there (and being a known quantity can be huge when applying for a job).
Volunteering is not a magic bullet, of course, but if you can do it, I recommend it. Here are some past posts about volunteering: