what should be there in covering letter by shanilahori

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									what should be there in covering letter


So, what do you do if your current role belies the true scope of your
talents? To move from a technology or IT role into that of a broader
business professional, you need to get management to see you as someone
equipped with a wider-ranging skill set than that associated with the
cliched "techie."

Extracurricular activities can help you bridge the gap. Many candidates
feature interests and hobbies on their resumes for the sole purpose of
demonstrating curiosity for life outside of work. But for the IT
professional, extracurricular activities can also help debunk stereotypes
by making senior management and potential employers aware of hidden
facets of your competencies.


Evidence of job skills

One prevalent view impeding the mobility of IT professionals is that of
an individual with a specific set of competencies concentrated
exclusively in the technical realm. Extracurricular activities can
broaden your image by providing an indicator of aptitudes and skills that
aren't readily discernable from your professional experience.
For example, coaching a sports team shows leadership and organizational
skills; artistic pursuits suggest creativity; acting indicates traits
such as poise and confidence, as well as public speaking skills; chairing
an industry trade group evidences management and communication skills;
and awards or competitions won generally suggest an appreciation for
nuance, not to mention a desire to excel.


Proof of broad functional knowledge

Another common typecast of IT professionals is that of a person lacking
in knowledge of functional areas beyond the technical arena. Volunteer
activities -- whether for a not-for-profit, an alumni group or a trade
association -- demonstrate experience in areas beyond the scope of your
current vocation.
For instance, serving as treasurer for a volunteer organization evidences
knowledge of finance and accounting; positions as public relations chair
or membership chair show experience in marketing; and general leadership
positions such as president or vice president indicate managerial know-
how.
These roles allow you to experiment and experience new types of
responsibilities and thereby acquire knowledge outside of your 9-to-5
domain. They are also indicators of the broadly defined "people skills"
that are key to success in everything from marketing, to strategy, to
general management.


What not to include
You never know who will be reading your resume, and what that person's
personal convictions might be. It is therefore wise to avoid listing
potentially controversial pursuits, such as political or religious
activities.
Certain activities may also imply a "point of view" such as a leadership
for Greenpeace. Before including this type of information on your resume,
consider the possibility that, by way of example, your interviewer might
come from a ranch family that detests environmentalists!
If you do find yourself in a sticky situation as a result of different
opinions on controversial topics revealed through your resume, don't
become combative in an effort to defend your perspective. Work to find
the middle or common ground, such as shared experiences dealing with
nonresponsive bureaucrats, and stress the broad leadership and management
skills you have learned as a result of your extracurricular activities.

								
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