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Posted September 12, 2007 by

Family Social Worker Sample Cover Letter

FAMILY SOCIAL WORKER RESUME COVER LETTERS
All family social worker resume cover letters can be straight shots to new jobs in this field, if well written and concise. Applicants should list their achievements, training, and any expertise they have from previous employment. It’s important to include specific details in any family social worker resume cover letter.

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Posted September 12, 2007 by

Difficult Bosses and Coworkers

Q:
I am an administrative associate/office manager and find my current manager to be very lax in his duties. He doesn’t know much about running the office and doesn’t care to.
We merged with another department and have a new director whom my manager reports to. The problem is that the director wants to be involved in every aspect of the merged departments.
I have been in my current department for 20 years and am very capable of handling my duties from A to Z. At one point he took authority away from my current manager and insisted on signing every piece of paper. I explained to him that this was causing a problem with processing for our account and he finally agreed to give us back the signing authority.
The director will ask me to do something and within a few hours he will call to find out the status. He will ask me to check out a problem, but asks for the vendor numbers so he can contact them directly. We will be moving to a new building in the near future and he plans on making all of the decisions about space and furniture, without asking for our input.
Another department approached me and they want me to work for them. I even considered applying for the position, but it is a lateral move with no increase in salary, although there may be growth potential in the future. What do you think about this situation?
– Jeanne
Q:
I have been doing volunteer work with a prominent organization in my town. The woman who helped to end my marriage last year insists upon joining this organization. I believe she is doing this to intimidate me.
I am not sure how to gracefully continue my work with this organization. I enjoy my work and do not feel it would be appropriate for me to leave before my term on this committee expires.
I do not want to do anything that would embarrass the organization or myself. Should I leave or should I finish my term? I need tactful suggestions on how to grin and bear it with her around. Please note that I try to have as little contact with her as possible and have no contact at all with my ex-husband.
– Terri

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Posted September 12, 2007 by

Schedule Conflicts & Unemployment Woes

Q:
My boss makes appointments for me without checking my schedule, and then if I have other commitments, she expects me to cancel my plans.
The other day I had lunch plans, which happened to be with a client. “Mary,” my supervisor, made lunch plans for me, too, which was with an important client.
When she told me about the date, I told her I had other plans. She said the client she scheduled lunch with was more important and told me to cancel my previous plans. This is not the first time she has done something like this to me. What if I had plans with a friend – or a doctor’s appointment? Shouldn’t my lunch hour be my time to do whatever I want?
I am sick of her acting as if she owns me. What can I do?
– Upset
Q:
Three years ago I was terminated from my job, and ever since my then the company that I worked for has been telephoning me at home, asking questions about my former duties. “How did you do this?” “Where is the file on the XYZ merger?” “How do you format a diskette?” “How do you put a new ribbon in the typewriter?”
Initially I answered the questions because I didn’t want to ruin an employment reference. But now I am getting irritated with them telephoning at all hours to ask me something.
I have always been polite to them on the telephone and have said, “I am sorry, I don’t work for you anymore,” but the telephone calls continue.
Several friends have told me to send the company a bill each time they ask a question on the telephone or just hang up on them. I have no intention of ever returning to the company, but I am concerned for the people there who were my friends. I do not want them to be punished for my actions.
What exactly is my obligation to a company who fired me on the day of the Christmas party three years ago?
—-Working without pay
Q:
I work for a nonprofit association. Our general manager left and the member companies have not decided if they will replace him or relocate the company. If the company closes, how much notice are we entitled to? Are we entitled by law to get severance pay? Are we entitled to unemployment compensation? Thank you in advance for you assistance.
— Worried About My Future

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Posted September 11, 2007 by

Patent Attorney Sample Cover Letter

PATENT ATTORNEY RESUME COVER LETTERS
Job applicants who write clear and detailed patent attorney resume cover letters should make sure the hiring attorneys at the firms to which they are applying know their specialty in patent law — whether machinery, hospital equipment or whatever. A patent attorney resume cover letter that includes such specific details is more likely to result in an interview and a job for the applicant.

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Posted September 11, 2007 by

Legal Secretary Sample Cover Letter

LEGAL SECRETARY RESUME COVER LETTERS
All legal secretary resume cover letters show the personnel manager the applicants’ aptitude for supporting an attorney with the many routine duties and details associated with a legal practice — preparing for depositions, creating documents and contracts for client/attorney agreements, composing letters and handling efficiently the flow of phone calls, e-mail, and miscellaneous paper work. A legal secretary resume cover letter packed with useful information will help a job seeker land an interview and a position.

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Posted September 11, 2007 by

Dealing With an Angry Supervisor

Q:
I have a supervisor who is a very unhappy person. She is angry almost all the time and takes her unhappiness out on everyone. Everyone is afraid of her and tries to avoid her. Unfortunately for me, there is no way I can avoid her because I sit right in front of her. It is getting so bad for me that I am beginning to hate my job. Just seeing her come in makes me upset. She always finds something wrong and never gives a pat on back for anything.
I went over her head and talked to her boss, but he just encouraged me to accept her the way she is. Even though she treats everyone the same way, I take it to the heart. I tried to get transferred but didn’t succeed. I also tried looking for another job, but so far haven’t had any luck. Have you ever heard of this type of problem?
– Looking for a way out

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Posted September 11, 2007 by

Dressing the Part & Changing Careers

Dear Sue:
I am a full-time student and work at a job without any major responsibilities. I want to know if you have any suggestions that will help me look as though I want to move up in life.
Some people say I should dress more like the people who hold the positions I want to have — and I do. As a matter of fact, I have a closet full of scarves, pants, and lovely pantsuits, but this only makes me feel like a beauty queen.
I am at the point where I feel confident on the outside, but it’s only an artificial wall that’s blocking the real mess that’s on the inside. What can I do?
– Confused
Dear Sue:
I’ve been teaching first grade for four years and have been very frustrated with the environment I am in. I disagree with the direction we are headed and am not thrilled with the changes taking place.
I have always had an urge to work on my own. I love children, and have considered going into counseling to work with them one on one.
Should I venture off into new territory, or stay in my current position that contains so much security (not to mention summers off)?
I do enjoy many of the people I work with and I love the children. I’m just afraid that this urge won’t go away and I’ll “miss” my calling. I’m only 28 years old and have been thinking about this for some time now.
– Teacher

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Posted September 10, 2007 by

Plain Clothes Detective Sample Cover Letter

PLAINCLOTHES DETECTIVE RESUME COVER LETTERS
When job seekers write plainclothes detective resume cover letters, they should be certain to include their experience, expertise, and any awards they have received for their service. This type of professional information will make a strong impression and land interviews. Any plainclothes detective resume cover letter should showcase the applicant’s strengths and aptitudes.

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Posted September 10, 2007 by

Federal Law Clerk Sample Cover Letter

FEDERAL LAW CLERK RESUME COVER LETTERS
All federal law clerk resume cover letters should include the job applicants’ accomplishments and training and also let the hiring judge know specific areas of expertise such as attending judicial proceedings, performing legal research, and providing other assistance to the judge. A federal law clerk resume cover letter that is specific and complete will attract the attention of the judge in the courtroom in which the prospective job seeker wishes to work.

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Posted September 10, 2007 by

Police Officer Sample Cover Letter

POLICE OFFICER RESUME COVER LETTERS
When writing police officer resume cover letters individuals should be sure the hiring managers know their experience and training as well as their areas of specialty in enforcing the law, such as drug abuse, traffic control, harbor monitoring, etc. Any police officer resume cover letter should deliver this kind of important information to help the applicant land the job he or she is applying for.

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