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Crafting an effective cover letter PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, March 08, 2014 8:28 AM


A strong cover letter may not guarantee you land a good job, but a poor cover letter may guarantee you won't. On its own, an effective cover letter can catch the eye of hiring managers tasked with finding worthy candidates among stacks of applications, while a poor cover letter may ensure hiring managers never even glance at an applicant's resume.

An effective cover letter should be concise, conveying an applicant's work history and goals in a few paragraphs or less. The following are some additional ways men and women can craft effective cover letters.

• Address a specific person when possible. When responding to a job posting that listed a specific contact, address your cover letter to that person rather than beginning the letter with, "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern." Personalize each cover letter you write so the hiring manager does not get the feeling that you are sending out cover letters en masse. Make sure names are spelled correctly and job titles are accurate.

• State your purpose early on. The purpose of your letter, which is to state the job you're seeking, should be made clear early on. Hiring managers often handle the vetting process for a host of positions at their companies, so the earlier the hiring manager knows which position you're applying for the better. Hiring managers may become frustrated when applicants don't make their intentions clear or do so in the final paragraph instead of the first.

• Explain why you are a qualified candidate. While it's good to note your work history, your resume will do the bulk of that legwork. A cover letter is your opportunity to show how your work history makes you a qualified candidate for a specific position. Remember to be concise but relate a specific example that illustrates how your work history would help you thrive in the position for which you're applying.

• Exhibit some knowledge about the company to which you're applying. An effective cover letter should help you stand out among your fellow applicants, and expressing some knowledge about the organization can do just that. The goal here is to illustrate how you and the organization are a good fit, so you don't need to go overboard or be too specific. But hiring managers are likely to be more impressed by applicants who do their homework and show a knowledge of the company than applicants who submit a form cover letter where the company is scarcely mentioned.

• Be cordial in your closing. A cover letter should close with a cordial request for an interview or a friendly way of indicating you look forward to a company's response to your application. In addition, thank the reader for his or her time and mention you would be delighted to answer any questions he or she may have.

An effective cover letter can go a long way toward making a strong first impression on a prospective employer. Men and women should look at their cover letters as their first opportunities to connect with a company and write their letters accordingly.


Fulton County OSU Extension to offer berry school PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:45 PM

WAUSEON – The Fulton County OSU Extension invites area producers to participate in the NW Ohio Berry School taking place Wednesday, March 19 from 8:30am-3:00pm at the Robert Fulton Ag Bldg., 8770 SR 108 Wauseon.

This program is geared towards berry producers who may have surplus above and beyond average household consumption. The school will offer opportunities to select from three concurrent tracks: production, management, and food and community. State and area Extension specialists will be speaking on a variety of value-added opportunities.

The registration fee of $40 also includes lunch and a copy of the Midwest Fruit Production Guide. The registration deadline is March 14.

For additional program details and registration information, please visit www.fulton.osu.edu or contact the OSU Extension office at 419-337-9210.

The NW Ohio Berry School is sponsored in part by the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association, Triple K Irrigation, and Chuck Spallinger, Ag Consulting.

Encounter with a snowy owl PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 06, 2014 1:33 PM

"I was out for a slow jog two Sundays ago about an hour before dark. The sun was shining and the asphalt roads were soaking in a little heat. I came across this snowy owl. But that's not the most unique part of this story.

"She wasn't a bit afraid of me. She actually flew towards me about 8 feet above my head where we made eye contact. I stopped and she lit in the ditch right beside me. At that time a field mouse ran across the road. I chased the field mouse back towards the snowy owl. She landed on the mouse and it quickly became supper. At that point on man and wild were friends. She followed me until I headed back to the house. Hence this incredible picture.

Photo courtesy of Brian Gerber

"This is one of the most beautiful animals I ever came across in the wild. It made me think that God is in everything. Just wanted to share this experience and picture with you."

– Brian Gerber

2-vehicle crash in Van Wert County claims life of Melrose teen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:00 AM

GROVER HILL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 on Ohio 637 near Elm Sugar Road in Hoaglin Township, Van Wert County.

Dead is Robert A. Seffernick, age 17, of Melrose.

According to troopers, a 2002 Chrysler Sebring, driven Seffernick, was northbound on Ohio 637.  He lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid left of center and was struck by a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by David Simko, age 64, of Toledo. The Jeep overturned and both vehicles came to rest off the west side of the roadway.

Seffernick sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead on scene by the Van Wert County Coroner. Seffernick was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Simko was extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel on scene and transported by Samaritan LifeFlight helicopter to Parkview North Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne with serious injuries. Simko was wearing his seat belt and also had front and side air bag deployment, which minimized his injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Grover Hill Volunteer Fire and EMS, Brickner EMS, Parkview Samaritan, Delpha Chevy Towing, and Straightline Auto Body.



Benefit set for Doris Antoine PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:40 PM

PAULDING – Friends and family have come together to help raise funds for Doris Antoine. A benefit for her will be held at the Paulding Eagles on March 15.

In the summer of 2013, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doris and her family were hopeful that she would be able to have surgery and treatment.

The news from the surgeon was devastating. She had only a 10 percent chance of beating the cancer through surgery and recovery would be difficult. Doris chose not to undergo the surgery.

Although she has accepted the outcome, the bills that she faces as the cancer continues to rob her of her health are beginning to mount.

Doris is the daughter of Lawrence and Nettie Vogelsong. She married Ed Antoine on Sept. 15, 1962. Ed worked at Grizzly in Paulding for many years. Ed and Doris also owned and operated Ed’s Lunch for a while in Paulding in the 1980s. Ed’s Lunch was located on the south side of the square.

They have three children, Steve (Dona) Antoine, Kathy (Julian) Martinez, and Amy (Mark) Yenser and they have seven grandchildren.

A corn hole tournament will start at 3 p.m. which will cost $5 per person to enter. Menu of sloppy joes, creamed chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato or pasta salad, cookies and brownies will be served from 5-7 p.m.

The DJ will start playing at 8 p.m. There are lots of very nice prizes for the silent auction and raffle including a 40-inch TV, blu-ray player, handmade quilt, handmade wooden angel, Jacob’s Meats for a month package, NASCAR items, and much, much more.

For those cannot attend, but would like to help, an account has been established in the name of Doris Antoine Benefit with the Sherwood State Bank, P.O. Box 4546, Sherwood OH 43556.

Toby Keith tickets to go on sale at Allen County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 5:30 PM

LIMA – Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, March 8 at 9 a.m. for the biggest country music act to take the stage at the Allen County Fair in years - Toby Keith! The concert will be presented on Aug. 23 at this year’s fair.

Tickets can be purchased at the Allen County Fair Box Office at the Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima, Ohio, or by phone at 419-228-7141 or on line at www.AllenCoFair.com.

Tickets are priced from $42 for grandstand and bleachers, $52 for track, and $65 for Toby’s Party Zone Pit area (standing), which is the closest to the stage and features a special runway in front of the stage.

There is a limit of eight tickets per order. Ticket holders may buy gate admission tickets at the time of purchasing Keith tickets, which are necessary to enter the fairgrounds.

David Grimm, general manager of the fair, expects a huge turnout Saturday, not only at the fairgrounds box office, but online and over the phone as well.

The Allen County Fair is based in Lima just east of I-75 on Ohio 309. It is western Ohio’s premier fair, attracting 180,000 patrons annually. The fair will be held Aug. 15-23 and will feature a mix of entertainment, agriculture competitions, food, and competitive and commercial exhibits.


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