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Posted June 13, 2012 by

How to Write a Cover Letter That Sells YOU

How to Write a Cover Letter That Sells YOUThe best thing about a cover letter is that it is an introduction. It is a chance to show an employer your personality. In other words what makes you different, what makes you stand out.

It isn’t a chance to showcase your writing skills – which is lucky because most people wouldn’t call that their strength. If it is your strength then kudos to you.

Anyway, back to my main point. you need to get into the mindset that a cover letter isn’t a summary of what is already in the resume. It isn’t the blurb you find on the back of your favorite bestseller.

What it is though is a sales presentation. (more…)

Posted June 06, 2012 by

Cover Letter Tips for Your Target Audience

Looking to get your cover letter noticed?  Try focusing on your audience.

One way to set yourself apart in your cover letter is to know your audience. In his recently released book Gallery of Best Cover Letters, David Noble, Ph.D., offers strategies for customizing your cover letter.

“The more you know about the reader of your cover letter, the better you can tailor its content to appeal to that person,” Noble says. “Researching the industry, company and target position through online resources or networking contacts is a great help in this regard.” (more…)

Posted May 02, 2012 by

Should You Still Use A Cover Letter?

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

This question has been the subject of a great debate in recent years, and many times I hear clients ask, “Does anyone really read a cover letter anymore?”

The answer is YES—if you know how to use it!

While some hiring managers and recruiters will scan a cover letter for important bits of information, there is a surefire way to ensure your cover letter is read.  But before I tell you how to make sure your cover letter gets read I want to make sure you have a great cover letter.  Here are three points to remember when writing your cover letter: (more…)

Posted April 10, 2012 by

Killer Cover Letter Tips!

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

When it comes to writing a cover letter, the experts advise you to make it short—using fewer rather than more words, succinct––clear and focused on your key points, and sincere––writing from your heart and mind.

 

Good advice! But how are you to accomplish this task? Here are some KILLER cover letter tips to get yours noticed and hired: (more…)

Posted March 09, 2012 by

What Makes Your Cover Letter Introduction Stand Out?

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez of Great Resumes Fast

Many job seekers fail to thoughtfully consider the importance of the cover letter introduction.  Oftentimes, it’s viewed as just another paragraph among many in the document.  But in reality, the cover letter introduction holds a lot of weight.  In fact, it can be the determining factor in whether a hiring manager will continue to read on through the remainder of the letter.  So what makes your cover letter stand out—not just among other paragraphs within the document but among other candidates’ cover letter intros? (more…)

Posted February 20, 2012 by

Cover Letters Still Valuable in Hiring Process

Think cover letters are passe when applying for a position? Think again, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. More than nine in 10 (91 percent) executives polled said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates. In addition, nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) respondents indicated it’s common to receive cover letters even when applicants submit resumes electronically. The results mirror those from a similar survey conducted in 2008.

Managers were asked, “When evaluating prospective job candidates, how valuable is the cover letter that accompanies the resume?” Their responses: (more…)

Posted October 28, 2011 by

5 Cover Letter Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.” — Jimmy Connors

Sorry if this sounds strange, but nothing is more annoying (nor more important) than having to write a cover letter. On the one hand, it can be the single most important document in your job search (yes, possibly more important than your resume). “Why?” you may ask. A cover letter is your introduction. It can be the single reason your resume is (or is not) considered. Even if you have the best resume in the world with the most amazing work experience, a missing or poorly written cover letter may ruin any chance at getting your resume seen by the right people. In an economy in which high unemployment prevails and few jobs exist, hiring managers are being very selective about the few people they will hire. (more…)