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Preparing an effective job-seeking cover letter…

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(Note – you might also want to check out my related post of tips for preparing your resume.)

I often get asked to provide advice and feedback for engineering students (BSc, MSc and PhD) applying for jobs and though the application contents can vary widely, especially between industry and academia, one thing that all employers have in common is the requirement for a cover letter. It’s probably the most important part of the application package, yet it seems to be the part most people do poorly. In this post, I’ll try to help you out by presenting some of the tips I generally suggest to my own students based on: a) what I’ve learned from others, b) what has worked for me when I’ve applied for jobs, and c) what I like to see when I am looking to hire someone.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Step 4 of your Literature Review – Writing it Up!

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Note –  if you haven’t done so already, I suggest you go back and read the posts covering Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the literature review: finding stuff, organizing and screening, and normalizing.  Then you’ll be ready to hear about Step 4 – writing.   Read the rest of this entry »

Step 3 of your Literature Review – Normalizing

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Note – if you haven’t read  them already, I suggest you go back and read the last two posts covering Steps 1 and 2 of the literature review: finding stuff and organizing and screening.  Then you’ll be ready to hear about Step 3 – normalizingRead the rest of this entry »

Step 2 of your Literature Review – Organizing and Screening

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Note – if you haven’t read it already, I suggest you go back and read last week’s post describing Step 1 in the process: “Finding Stuff”Step 2 (this post) involves organizing and screening your information.  The method I’m going to describe to you was taught to me by my own PhD supervisor many years ago – I still recommend it to all of my students, though with a few modernizations included to take advantage of technologies that weren’t around when I was a student.   Read the rest of this entry »