To survive a background check, do one on yourself first


SHOW DATE: September 12, 2012

If you are nervous about what people might uncover, do one on yourself first. It’ll make you rest easier. It’s cheap—they cost between 15-20 bucks. Do it. You’ll feel so much better. And if you don’t like what you find, it’ll give you time to create a new identity. Kidding. No, but really. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David discuss this below:

You’re killing your chances of getting a job if you DON’T write a cover letter


SHOW DATE: August 15, 2012

Your resume will go in the trash. Not just because you decided not to take the opportunity or time to write the letter they asked for, but because you didn’t follow instructions. If they ask for a cover letter, write it. Period. The end. And make it specific. Don’t send a boilerplate letter—a standard letter repurposed—that’s like getting an unsigned Hallmark card for Valentine’s Day. Link your skills directly to the job for which you applying, use language drawn from the job advertisement. This shows that you’re serious, talented and you pay attention to detail. Listen to Auntie Evan and Uncle David talk it over below:

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It’s okay to coach your recommenders


SHOW DATE: August 1, 2012

Help them help you. Nothing is worse than having to write a recommendation—ask anyone that’s ever had to write one. Or better, ask anyone who’s about to write one. They just want to put it off and put it off because it’s work.  The say “yes” because they really want to be there for you. And then they want to put a gun to their heads. Help them not do this by giving them a list of talking points with dates and examples that will make it really simple for them. If you really want to be smart about it, write the rec, email it to them and tell them to do with it what they want. Nine times out of 10, they won’t change a word. You have helped them, help you. Listen to Uncle David and Auntie Evan battle it out below: