Shellback - My answer to you on the Cover Letter is yes; it gives the person reading the Resume/CV an idea of the person behind the experience without having even read the resume yet. Write it in your own words, have someone proof it for grammar and errors, and attach it. DO NOT let anyone write it for you, as it will be a dead giveaway at the interview if you get that far. Following John’s train of thought though, if the best you can do is “I wants me a job”, don’t bother.
Interview Dress: A minimum of a well pressed dress shirt with tie, dress slacks, dress shoes with a <strong>matching belt</strong>, dress socks, well groomed and manicured. If you impress the receptionist, you’re off to a good start as they’re the one’s announcing you. If you look like a nebbish when you show up at the desk, it won’t take long for the word to get back to the personnel office. Most office staff even down the bayou dress smartly, with a golf shirt and dress slacks and/or a blouse and slacks/skirt being the norm. Dress up, and you won’t go wrong. You never know when the owner is going to be walking by either.
John has the right idea with the Wellington’s, as it allows you to quickly slip them off if you go in the drink, or get in a situation where you have to get them off in a hurry. The Wolverine’s are good, so are Red Wings, and my recent favorite was a pair od Dr. Maartens as they have some ankle protection/padding. If you need ankle support, opt for a boondocker height lace up, and always bring a pack or two of spare laces.