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The Myth of Multitasking & Why You Need to Stop

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Recent neuroscience research tells us that the brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously. The reality of the matter is that we switch tasks quickly. When you read and listen to music or when you text while sitting in a meeting, you’re not really doing 2 simultaneous tasks. There’s a stop and start process that goes on in the brain. This stop and start actually eats up time, is less efficient, has a higher propensity for mistakes and it can be overall exhausting.

 

Still think you are a great Multitasker? Do the following test:

Part A. Instructions: 

1. Draw two horizontal lines on a piece of paper. Now, have someone time you as you carry out the two tasks:

2. On the first line write:

– I am a great multitasker

3. On the second line, write out the numbers 1-20 sequentially:

– 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

 

How much time did it take you? It usually takes about 20 seconds.

 

Now let’s start multitasking.

Part B. Instructions: 

1. Draw two horizontal lines. Have someone time again.

2. Write the first letter on the first line, then write the first number on the second line.

3. Write the second letter on the first line, then write the second number on the second line. For example:

– I am…

– 1 2 3…

4. Continue in this fashion until you’ve completed both the sentence and the number sequence.

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How long did it take you? More than likely the time has doubled from the first round. You might have also noticed that you made some mistakes, and probably got frustrated in the process since you had to “rethink” what the next letter would be, and then the next number.

 

What you just did is known as switch-tasking on something very simple, but this is exactly what happens when one tries to do several tasks at one. Keep tabs on yourself to avoid switchtasking, and focus your brain on one task at a time. If you have several tasks at hand, try the Pomodoro Technique, a time management practice.

 

Sources: Psychology Today 

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What & Why’s of Cover Letters

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What is a Cover Letter & Why you should be including them in your resume submissions.

A cover letter is a single page introductory letter for your potential employer that supplements your resume. This should always be included in every job application because it introduces yourself by highlighting important skills and capabilities, and how they are applicable to the position you are seeking to fill. Above all else, a cover letter is relevant because it requests an opportunity to meet with the employer personally.

Types of cover Letters

An Application letter is written to apply for a specific job opening. Since you know what job you are applying for and the qualification the employer is looking for, use the cover letter to expand on why you are the best suited candidate. Include examples of past experiences that are relevant to the job, your skills and abilities, and how you would become an asset to the company.

A Referral letter mentions the name of a person who referred you to a job. Recruiters are more likely to hire someone based on a referral from someone they know, so don’t miss the opportunity to get an interview by not mentioning who spoke to you about the job opening.

A Letter of interest, also known as prospecting letter, inquires about possible job openings at the company. These are letters sent to companies that have not announced job openings; but you can still send them your resume preemptively for when they are hiring. These letters should include why the company interests you, and how your skills and capabilities can turn into assets for the company. It’s important that your contact information is absolutely clear in the event that they wish to follow up with you. It’s also important to note that most companies archive these resumes into their database for future references.

A Networking letter requests job search advice and assistance. These letters simply state how you acquired the recipient’s contact or who referred you to them, and describes your objective or purpose for reaching out. It should then make a request for information or advice, followed by a ‘thank you in advance’.

A Value proposition letter is a brief statement explaining what makes the candidate unique. This is a 100-150 word statement that concisely explains why you are the ideal candidate. Within the statement, include information such as your skills, strengths and experiences.

 

sources: Writing Center University of Wisconsin & About Careers 

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