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London 2011Would you have thought that I write poetry?

1 January 2011 was the day I started my first blog. At that time I hardly knew what blogging meant I knew I liked poetry. So I put myself out there for the first time and a few of my lovely Twitter friends commented and liked it.

I told my coach that I really enjoyed writing and working with words. She gave me a book about the therapeutical effects of writing (“Schreib es Dir von der Seele”) which also contained writing assignments. One of the writing assignments lead me to my first short story. It was in German and did not really have a good structure. More like a diary written from different Point of Views (PoV). In my last year at my former employer I asked my manager for an English coach. One of the main reasons was that I wanted to work on my writing skills, improve email communications and learn new words. The sessions with Ian were delightful. He motived me to plunge back into grammar and vocabulary building. (I thought I did not have to study English grammar anymore after my university but reality is that English as a foreign language is tough. The devil as always is in the detail.). Once again, I started a new blog. This time with topics related to my work. It was the beginning of the Global People Transitions blog (different format, but similar style).

In 2012 I quit my job as a Global Mobility Leader and started my company. I went to India for six weeks to celebrate the transition into my new entrepreneurial life and to see a part of the world that I had not visited since my work assignment in 2006. It was a fantastic journey and very different from my former life.

A lot of friends had asked me if I would blog about my India experience but this journey was a very personal one and full of small stories that I can only share with Nadja L., my roommate of four weeks North and South India. I started to write down a few incidents in the style of a story. I intended a short story but the short story ended up having the size of a novella and the people who read it thought the end could not be the end. So I continued writing as a hobby, when I was traveling or on a boring Sunday afternoon. I felt like back in the days when I was a teenager full of dreams, full of the thought that I could make the world a better place if people would just start fighting for it…

(to be continued)

Tips GPT_7Saving your last francs?Recruiting and dating have a lot in common.

The initial stage is all about making the other person want to meet you. So when you write that cover or motivation letter your target should be that the other person likes you.

You want to be interesting enough so that they want to know more about you (here: read your résumé or curriculum vitae). In dating you just want them to message or call you.

The cover letter is an appetizer and the CV is the main course. (No further comparison to dating here).

Now imagine you are on your first date and your counterpart tells you for half an hour how great he or she is. Rather boring right? You zoom out of the conversation and wish for a call from your best friend so you can run away from the restaurant / bar / club. Maybe you know how recruiters often feel. They want to eat their desks.

So what could you do to make the conversation more interesting?

Many recruiters I know are rather old-fashioned. They would like to see you made an effort to get that interview. (Same with your potential date. She or he does not want to get an automated message from your twitter account.)

Tip #1: Be personal! Use the correct name of the recruiter instead of Sir or Madam. Make sure you also spell names of references correctly. Be respectful and address recruiters formally.

Tip #2: Be perfectionist! Make the letter appealing and nice looking by using one font only and adhering to normal letter writing style in the country you are applying to. Avoid copy and paste. Check that you did not use the wrong company name or contact person. It helps to read the letter out loud.

Tip #3: Improve your style! Write a sample letter that you can adapt to the recruiter and the target company. Get the sample letter reviewed by a pro. Make sure it represents you. Use active language and full but short sentences.

Tip #4: Change into their perspective! Speak about the needs of the other party before you speak about your needs. Be brief and stick to maximum of one page. Five paragraphs are sufficient.

I know you cannot handle more. That’s why I am only giving you these four tips now.