Review of Gas Level Indicator

Call me silly but a gas level indicator, as the name implies, should indicate the level of gas. That is the topic of the review. I have a travel trailer, a tow behind camper with two propane bottles attached. The camper has no built in method of determining how much fuel is in those tanks. 
I did not want to find myself out camping and suddenly run out of hot water because I have no propane. I bought the Gas Level Indicator. “Made in USA”, a proud label indeed. images-5
My camper is parked in my driveway. This season we have had visitors, namely, kids. I offered to let one or more of them sleep in the camper for more comfort than an air mattress or a sofa. One took me up on the offer.
I showed him how to get the heat going, turn on the gas, the whole nine yards. It’s pretty simple. He spent one or two nights in and I decided, since we had already been camping three times on the two bottles, to get device to monitor the fuel so he would not freeze when he ran out of gas.
 I went to our local Camping World where they had two options. One is a device that screws on between the filler port on the tank and the hose. It was a $25 item. 
The other option was one of those magnetic devices that adheres to the exterior of the tank body. I chose this one at the much lower cost of about $8. I have used something similar for fish tanks in the past. Going into this venture I knew they were not great but they had sufficed so I went that route.images-4
If you have ever used one you will understand what I mean when I say this type of guage is not great. They definitely lack precision but I suppose they make up for that lack in a lower cost. 
I had this device in place two days. I got no discernible reading whatsoever for two days. I switched tanks, tried different locations on the tank, including what the directions said to do. I got nothing. I could see the changes on the face of it, somewhat but not clearly enough to let me know if the tanks were half full, empty or what.
I gave in and bought the more expensive model. I am very glad I did, my tanks would have drained during the night with my son sleeping in the camper. 
It is possible the stick on guage would have worked if it was on a grill, not sure. I will try it next time I cook out. I would not recommend using it for your camper though. If you are looking for something like this, I suggest you do some research and spend the money for the attachable type of guage.

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Cover Letter Continued

My last post began a discussion about how to write a Cover Letter. The purpose of the Cover Letter is to get you and interview. Now I am going to go a little deeper and and more specific with some suggestions. Every where you turn on the internet you can find differing views. I am taking the best of that information and presenting it here.
To start, you want a salutation that is simple and non-specific. Don’t assume the gender of the reader. Nothing can turn a prospective employer off quicker than assuming the person is a man or woman. 
Your salutation should be formal, using an opening such as “Dear”. If the person you are addressing is a doctor, address them as Dr. So-and-So. They will appreciate the respect and it is the proper, professional way to address a doctor. 
If you are able to learn who is reading your cover letter, you can Open with “Dear (Mr. or Ms.) So-and-So” Don’t skip the opening salutation altogether. Remember, this is the first impression. You want it to be formal and professional. 
If, as may happen, you find out the name of the person reading your resume but the gender is unclear, use the full name. If the family name (last name) is unclear, you can go with “Dear Hiring Manager” it is still formal if somewhat less direct than a name. If all else fails, you can omit the salutation entirely and go straight to the first line.
Your first paragraph, as mentioned in my previous post, should express your basic qualifications and that fact you want this position. The cover letter is a delicate balance of you and the company. 
You should proceed to address the company’s needs. Let them know you are aware how large the company is and where they operate. This shows you have done some research. Discuss how your qualifications uniquely make you suited for this position. 
If the company is in need of someone with several years’ of experience in operations management, show you have that experience. Try not to make the letter all about you. Balance it with your skills and the company’s needs without coming across as boasting.
Without going into a short story about your life, write something to show your personality. If you volunteer, this might be a good place to offer that information. 
Your cover letter should be no more than one page.
Write a new letter for each position you are applying for. You want the employer to know you are speaking to them specifically, not a crowd. Remember, you are not standing on a stage. You want that person to see you as someone who blends with the culture at the company. 
Closing the Cover Letter should also be done in a specific manner. The closing is just that, a closing. It is the last part of your only first impression. You want it to make a statement, all on its own. You want to tell the employer, one last time, you have confidence that you are the best fit for this position and this company. Today is the day and now is the time!
Use phrases like “I am excited. . .” or ” I will call on . . .” or “I am ready to start as soon as. . .” . The employer needs to feel your enthusiasm and know it is genuine. 

This is how you write a Cover Letter

You are hunting for that perfect job. You know it’s out there and BAM, there it is. Your dream job just showed up in your inbox. Indeed did what they promised. They send you weekly notifications for your job interests.

Now, the trick is finding the best way to get a call from the HR folks. That is the key to getting an interview. If your Cover Letter and Resume get the attention of the HR Rep who calls you, you can get in for the interview.

There are differing thoughts on the subject. Some will say a Cover Letter is not necessary and some application sites don’t ask for one. I suggest you write one for every job and every resume.

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There are also different types of Cover Letters. One is specific to the job opening you wish to fill. Another is written to a company in hopes they have a position for you. A third is one used in more of a networking fashion. You  have to use the one best suited for your needs.

If you are fresh out of college and really want to work for “XYZ company”, you may want to send out a cover letter to the company asking if they have a position open.

LinkedIn can be a great way to send networking Cover Letters. You can send an in-mail to every one of your contacts asking if they know of any openings. You  can also target job types or companies with targeted searches.

You want to express why you want to work at this company. How your personality and experience will blend well with the atmosphere and the METL. You want to make the person(s) reading your Cover Letter see you as a part of the team.

There are a few keys to consider when writing your Cover Letter. These may vary in importance or appearance, depending on who you ask.

First, make sure your contact information is top and center. Without this, the HR rep will not be able to call you for an interview. All you effort and time will be wasted. Don’t start with “Sir” or “Hiring Manager”. Make it gender neutral or gender inclusive. A simple “Hello” may be sufficient.

Your first paragraph should be dedicated to briefly describing your qualifications and a call to action. More specifically, your first paragraph  needs to have a call to action. This can be a subtle statement like “I am very qualified for this position and would make a great new addition to your team.”

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You can also mention the name of someone who works for the company, if you know someone. Don’t lie, but use their name in a positive manner. “So-and-So told me you are looking for someone with my qualifications.” if that person never said that, please don’t put words in their mouth.

Through the next paragraph or two, tell why you would be a great fit for the company and the position. Keep it short. Long paragraphs tend  to loose readers. Long sentences have the same effect.

In your final paragraph, thank the reader for third time. End on a positive note. This is a sales pitch, you want the “customer” saying “yes” to your query, your request.”I look forward to seeing you” is succinct and gets the point across.

Good lock your your job search. My next entry will be a more in-depth look at Cover Letters.