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If you haven’t already heard, Robin Williams has been found dead, and the authorities suspect he took his own life. Proving yet again that depression is a silent menace. Especially so in people whose lives might seem charmed from the outside.
In honor of him, and the lifetime of joy his work provided to countless people, here is a list of resources for people who may be contemplating self-harm or suicide.
If this might be you, please, please, please don’t. If you need help, ask. If you don’t, pass this or a similar list of resources along. You never know who may see it that needs it.
My ask box is always open.Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253
Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453
And chat resources for those who don’t feel comfortable speaking on telephones:
http://www.crisischat.org/ http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx http://www.didihirsch.org/chat
Please give me all the advice you have on writing cover letters. Like, the closer you can get to literally just writing a cover letter for me, the better. Ok bye.
This is how I did the one for my librarian position. I hope it helps.
Dear Person Hiring for this Job,
I am writing to ask you to consider me for X position. This is a paragraph about why I want to do X position in general. It includes at least one personal detail and at least one job skill I consider a particular strength. It argues that I am passionate about this career. It is not long.
I have had the opportunity to gain experience in this job by - paragraph about my work or study experience. It should go from most recent experience back. Include some details about your responsibilities/achievements in your most recent or most important positions. If you have mostly study experience, give more detail about what exactly you studied. If you shadowed people, mention that. If your work experience is largely unrelated, try to shoehorn some of it in (e.g. I gained experience working with people by). You can supplement with relevant hobbies. (But if you do have recent, relevant work experience, you should largely be detailing that. Only embroider the other stuff if you need to flesh it out.) This should be the longest paragraph.
I hope you will consider allowing me to do X thing at your company. This is a few sentences about why I want to work at your company in particular and what I think I could bring. Try to mention at least one detail from the company website, so they know you visited it. This is a short paragraph that parallels the first one.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
Person You Would Be a Fool Not to At Least Interview
oh my god thank you this is relevant to current interests
Two other points, to challenge what’s being said above a little:
1) Remember that the person reading this cover letter wants to know how you can contribute to the company. Not how excited you are about the position: it’s all about what they gain. Try framing the whole thing in that sense — “You would gain my X awesome skill that would help you Y with your mission.” “Here’s why I’m awesome and a great fit for making your company go better.”
2) At the end, ask for the interview. “I am available at PHONE NUMBER at your convenience. I look forward to speaking with you about this great opportunity soon.” Maybe even say you’ll be following up at a specific time and date. Ask for the job. People respond to that, and it’s a good way to fake confidence until you make it. Ask for the job.
Okay, three points. People reading cover letters get SO BORED going through them. Think about starting off with a story that relates to why you’re interested in the job, or that demonstrates a skill or a strong interest that would make you a good candidate. Be memorable — people remember stories, even (maybe especially) very little ones.
also wow before cursing capitalism and telling yourself communism is better please ask yourself if your capitalist country made you wait hours in line just to get food or if you know what food rations mean because i do and my parents do or if you know how it’s like to do your homework having nothing but a candle as light because the electricity was rationed or if you know how it’s like to freeze in winter because the gas was cut… or if you know how it’s like to look at your neighbour or your friend or even your own relative and wonder if he or she works for Securitate and whether or not you can tell him a joke without being thrown in prison
also if you were very sad about bucky barnes’ fate in captain america 2 pls know that ‘reeducation’ and brainwashing actually happened and what you’ve seen in captain america is a trip to the park compared to what some people had to suffer
and before you tell me ‘but that’s not communism’ please tell me a country where communism actually worked and people didn’t die in prisons for speaking against it, weren’t forced to give up their fucking houses ( normal houses. the house where they were born and their parents were born) and intellectuals weren’t exiled or killed. please tell me a country where communism didn’t destroy people’s lives for speaking against it. oh you can’t, but in the meantime you can talk shit about capitalism all you like and no one’s throwing your ass in prison.
or people being afraid to speak in their own houses because they were afraid they might be listened through the telephone (which was compulsory to have), or going to jail for life because the neighbour had a grudge on you and told the Securitate that you spoke against the system, or not being able to practice any religion, or not being allowed an abortion without having 4 births before, or living in horror orphanages if you were physically/mentally disabled or your parents didn’t want you, or being sent to jail/psychiatry hospital if you were gay ( because being gay was illegal) in order to be “re-educated”, or having to introduce something praising the communist party in any form of art you created, or not having acces to books, movies, TV, music, products information from the West whatsoever, I mean the only place people could drink Pepsi in the country was Constanta, because there were foreign tourists there, and speaking of foreigners/minorities, the Securitate would ask ( ask haha) you to spy on your friends/colleagues/neighbours if they were Jewish, Arabian or any other ethnicity/nationality.
And when we asked our history teacher why the people rioted against the system in 1989, do you know what he said? He didn’t say “because they wanted freedom”, he said ” because they were starving”.
Thinking about it, simply being on Tumblr and talking to someone from the US and reblogging about female reproductive rights and shipping Johnlock would have broken a shitload of communist laws, but go ahead, romanticize communism.
#THIS is exactly what communists on this site fail to understand #you’re there from the top of your american views fighting capitalism and its evils #and capitalism has evils #and do not understand that when people talk about the horrors of communism they’re not talking like you are #they’re not talk about something that is abstract #they’re not talking about ideas #when people insist on the practical aspect of communism how it was enforced they’re talking about people who died who were tortured they’re talking about their families because it happened only 30 years ago #and if you dismiss that by saying that ‘that’s not real communism’ #you’re being not just ignorant but also a huge ass to those people you’re spitting in their face and in their suffering #Stop talking about idealism and abstractions when in the name of this ideology thousands were tortured and killed #stop speaking about ideals when people are trying to speak about what really happened
I had an idiot friend of mine who tried to convince me that Communism was a good thing and I felt ready to throw a history book at his face. He tried to convince me that communism economy were better and that it really wasn’t evil, that it was just an economic system. He also tried to tell me that economies under communism were better then capitalist countries. And. I cannot tell you how angry I was.
People really do need to stop thinking commuism is some amazing and great thing. Because its not. Its evil and its ugly and many, many lives have been lost due to it
have you guys heard about the 14 year old girl here in montana who was raped several times by her high school teacher and killed herself, and the judge gave the guy 30 days and said she was “older than her chronological age” and that she had agreed to have a relationship with this man and blamed a 14 year old for her rape because you can sign a petition to unseat that judge here
I just signed it, everyone else should too.
Inspired by a post I saw on katebishophawkeye’s blog.
Hi, just your local Mayan here reminding you the world isn’t ending tomorrow.
Also, that Mayans still exist.
And finally, that we have a language that is still spoken, and written, and that our science and other studies have developed with time and we’re not some stone age group of savages carving shit into rocks for all eternity just so some iztacchuatl will find it and tell us white jesus is gonna end the world when our calender stops working for her.
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