A NEW Kind of Cover Letter?

Posted April 18, 2008 by

Dear Job Seeker:
You’ve just completed a high-class, well-written cover letter for the job of your dreams. You spell-checked it and reviewed each line. You signed, sealed, stamped and sent it. Great! Now you’re waiting to hear from the employer with an invitation to come in for an interview.
Weeks pass and nothing happens. It’s easy to become discouraged. You may wonder what you did wrong or why your letter has not attracted the attention you hoped it would.
Worry no more. Follow these three proven techniques for landing that interview instead of waiting for it.

  1. Start over with a NEW kind of cover letter. And write this kind from now on. ASK for the job interview upfront. Make your intention clear.
    “May we meet to discuss the position of [Fill in job title here]. I’m available at your convenience. I look forward to the opportunity for a personal interview.” (Now there’s a statement that practically commands a response.)
    “I’m eager to meet you in person to discuss [Insert job title here] how I can exceed your company’s expectation for this position. All I can ask for is the opportunity to be interviewed and I am prepared for that chance. I sincerely thank you for your consideration.” (Another nice, clear and direct statement requesting a job interview).
  2. Dial an interview. If you have not been called for an interview, about ten days after you mail your cover letter, pick up the phone and call the hiring manager directly. ASK for an in-person interview in a friendly, straightforward manner. Your enthusiasm will encourage the employer to consider your request seriously.
  3. Send an e-mail. Professionals today often prefer e-mail for quick messages. Use this effective means to your advantage. Follow up your original cover letter with an e-mail reminder. For example

Dear Mr./Ms. Jones:
On January 23 I submitted a cover letter and resume to apply for the position of general accounts executive at Capricorn Enterprises, Inc. I appreciate the fact that you have many applications to read. However, I am committed to showing you that I am well qualified to fill this opening. Would you have thirty minutes available for an interview this week or next? You choose the date and time and I’ll be there prepared to talk and listen. Thank you for taking the time to read my request. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person.
Joe Job Seeker

There you have it. Capture the interview you want with a NEW kind of cover letter and a follow-up request for a meeting. Then be ready–for the first day on your ideal job.
© Written By Jimmy Sweeney, president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, “Amazing Cover Letter Creator.” Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”
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