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Effective Cover Letters - Impress Prospective Employers

Updated on June 26, 2014

IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE COVER LETTERS

FOR THE BEST RESULT, DO NOT SKIP THIS IMPORTANT STEP

Because of online job applications, there may be some exceptions to the requirement for a cover letter. In reality, a well written concise cover letter gives you the advantage of commenting (briefly) on some of your strengths. Because the resume and cover letter can be extremely important in getting an interview, be sure you understand the employer's expectations; they may not want a resume or letter because they rely on the online information.

Cover letters and resumes are of special interest at this point in time because unemployment is at an all time high. Some career experts consider cover letters a waste of time. On the other hand, most hiring professionals believe an effective cover letter is more important in the current job market than in the past. It is important to note that the cover letter must be well written and include certain details to be effective. It is definitely a waste of time to send a cover letter that does not meet certain standards.

An excellent resume and cover letter are keys to a job interview. With so many job seekers, landing an interview can be a serious challenge. Because cover letters should be brief, there is sometimes the mistaken perception that they are easy to write. This is not true. In reality, you must understand the true purpose of an effective cover letter. Then there are specific details that should be included in the letter. Take time to understand what to write and how to do it. There are some excellent books available with sample letters that can guide you. Invest your time and energy in this important part of the job search.

In the age of technology, many resumes are sent by email; a cover letter is still important. Be sure the subject line is relevant; you want to be sure the email is opened and read.

YOUR COVER LETTER CAN BRING ATTENTION TO YOUR RESUME

Do you have a great resume - you have reviewed and edited it and it just sparkles! Great. Now be sure you have a cover letter that is professional and just as awesome as your resume.

DO I REALLY NEED A COVER LETTER?

Why You Need a Cover Letter

There are several reasons a well written cover letter with your resume is essential. Although the Internet has changed the way we apply for a job, some of the "old school" methods are still relevant.

A concise cover letter gives you the opportunity to highlight a couple of your achievements or skills; this is a way to focus on the reason you are the best candidate for the job.

GREAT COVER LETTERS LEAD TO AN INTERVIEW

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UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF A COVER LETTER

You are eager to write the cover letter and send your resume. You want to announce to the world - I am perfect for the position! But slow down and give thought to writing an effective cover letter. The ultimate purpose of a resume and cover letter is the job interview. There are other important considerations that will lead to that ultimate goal. As you focus on the cover letter, it is important to think about the hiring company. What can you do to help the company achieve its goals? How can you contribute to the profitability of the company? Why are you the perfect fit for the open position?

During your research for the job, determine exactly what skills and experience the company needs for the open position. This will be your guide in demonstrating how your skills and experience meet each of the stated job requirements.

FRIENDLY REMINDER

AFTER YOU GET THAT INTERVIEW AND THE INTERVIEW HAS BEEN COMPLETED, REMEMBER TO SEND A BRIEF THANK YOU LETTER.

LET THE COMPANY KNOW HOW INTERESTED YOU ARE IN THE OPEN POSITION AND THAT YOU APPRECIATE THE TIME THEY HAVE GIVEN YOU TO INTERVIEW.

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TIPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER

1) Direct the letter to the appropriate person. Call the company and obtain the name and title of the hiring manager. Be sure you have the correct spelling of the name!

2) Demonstrate how your skills and experience meet each of the job requirements. The company must see you as a valuable asset that can benefit the company. Focus on your unique and outstanding skills and qualities.

3) Keep the letter concise and professional as you use this tool to make yourself stand out. Remember that the real focus needs to be on your value to the company. The letter should never be more than one page in length.

4) Have your letter proofread by someone who has excellent writing skills. Is your letter grammatically correct, readable, with no misspelled words?

5) At the end of the letter, request an interview.

6) Be sure you follow-up with a phone call to the hiring manager.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Tips for anyone that needs cover letter advice!

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