Posted March 06, 2014 by

A Cover Letter That “Goes To Work” For You…

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

When you want to exchange contact information with someone you meet, you probably pull out a business card, sometimes referred to as a calling card. Well, a cover letter is a bit like that. It’s the first document a hiring manager sees from you and it either makes a good impression or one that, like the letter itself—goes into the shredder.

Therefore, you’ll want to write a job search cover letter that goes to work for you—one that includes the essential details needed to evaluate your qualifications for the job the employer wants to fill. Details such as your name, employment background and experience, job skills, and level of education, as well as your interest in competing for the position, are of utmost importance.

During tough economic times job interviews are difficult to land, and some of them more so than others depending on the industry that interests you. You just might have to work a little harder than usual to catch the manager’s eye. Your letter must reflect who you are as a person, as well as a professional. Be sure to add examples and statements that communicate clearly that you’re a person who is eager to work diligently, meet expectations, advance the company’s mission, get along with colleagues, and promote harmony and good will wherever you are.

You Can Interest the Hiring Manager

Many job hunters approach writing a cover letter with dread. They can’t relax, present themselves in an easy, friendly manner, or come across as a human being who would be an asset to the employer’s company. They feel scared, timid, and anxious and their emotions come right through the cover letter. This is no way to garner the attention of someone who wants to hire the right person for the job. Instead it looks like a red flag signaling him or her to stop reading.

But if you take a different tack, getting down to business with details but also writing in a way that helps the hiring manager see you as a human being, then you have greater odds for landing an interview than almost anyone competing for the same position. Why? Because most people stick to the facts to the point that they lose themselves in the cover letter and come across as a robot!

But hiring managers aren’t hiring robots. They are looking for people with human emotion, a high work ethic, a team spirit, and moral values––in addition to references to their previous experience and job skills.

You Can Write a Winning Cover Letter

Therefore, draft a cover letter that will get down to business but also show your personality, your character, your humility, and your communication and leadership abilities.

Example: “I’d count it an honor to join your firm. I’ve been in advertising
for five years and have received many awards for my ingenuity, commit-
ment to the mission of the company, and my creativity when it comes to
creating and carrying out an ad campaign that will stimulate business and
drive customers to the products they need and want. May I meet you for
an in-person interview where we can discuss your expectations for the person you hire?

You Can Land a Job Interview

Imagine a hiring manager reading a job search cover letter with this kind of quality and professionalism—one that gets down to business but also delivers a friendly and warm style. I believe the writer of such a letter would be called for an interview moments after the receiver reads it.

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Jimmy Sweeney is the 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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