A Day In The Life: 9-11 a.m.

This is proving to be an interesting exercise and is certainly keeping the focus on working. It should also prove to be a good way to evaluate planning and writing methods.

9-10 a.m.: There are multiple goals today, and the job applications are the top one, but sometimes it’s good to chip away on other things, like this entry and some of the beer-blog writing. In trying to make this period of not working at a full-time job (doesn’t that sound so much better than “being unemployed?), establishing a wider blogging presence and using that for more freelancing has become a priority, too. Currently working on a review of the Northampton, Mass., area, which has some great beer bars and brew pubs, and a great package store. Got about a quarter of that done before turning to resume stuff.

One of the lessons for this morning is to indeed to more setup the night before. Any time it’s been more than a day or two since a full-bore job-hunt session, there’s about 10 minutes of updating the job-hunt folder and getting the skeletons of the cover letters ready. It takes time to keep the folders organized, too. So, 15 minutes after delving into the folder to get the cover letter master, it’s time to start writing the letters.

That hour seemed to fly by, but six cover letters are set up, and a quick run through Craigslist showed one potential part-time job, and that letter’s been sent. It’s funny, about half the letters are for part-time or adjunct jobs, the rest for regular full-time jobs.

10-11 a.m.: Well, the third cup of coffee is gone, and the refrigerator has been raided for a hunk of macaroni-and-salami pie.

There’s some family stuff going on that needs to be monitored, so the phone is on, and like a day at the office, there are more calls coming in than would be optimal. Oh, well. One was the reminder about the doctor’s appointment tomorrow.

Wow, looking up and the hour is over. Two of the most important cover letters are done, and perhaps as crucial to the day as that, things are on a roll. There are different strategies to getting applications out. One is to do each one, singly, from cover letter to making additions to the resume, to addressing and sending the e-mail.

Today’s strategy will be to write all the cover letters and put them in a folder, then open the e-mails, address them, attach the resume and letters and move on. The key there, of course, is to send the right letters and resumes to the right addresses.


2 Responses to A Day In The Life: 9-11 a.m.

  1. chrystie says:

    couple of tips…

    1. don’t attach your cover letter, put the cover letter in the email. I found I got a higher number of call backs when I tested that vs. attached letters. Seems many don’t bother to open them.

    2. Keep a spread sheet. I found it to be amazingly helpful to keep a spreadsheet that helped me keep track of the jobs I applied to and their status. If I had a phone interview or screaning I’d write notes in there as well as keeping track of dates when I last spoke to or sent my information for follow ups. It helped plan out the week better to look at where I left off and what I needed to follow up on.

    • Bill Toscano says:


      1. I worry about losing the formatting that way. I expect that the letter and resume get printed out and handed around. I have seen that happen when I come in for interviews. On some jobs, especially the freelance ones, I will put the cover letter in the e-mail.

      2. I do keep a list. A spreadsheet would provide more information,

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