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Cover Letters

Cover Letters

Have you ever sent your resume to a company and found when you followed up with the company representative, your information was either misunderstood, mishandled, or discarded? This is not an uncommon occurrence in a day and age when companies receive hundreds of resumes a day.

cover-letters-150One of the best ways to guarantee the hiring manager will actually see your resume is to make sure that it is delivered with a cover letter. A cover letter is a one-page document used to accompany your resume or CV. Its sole purpose is to personalize your resume and to introduce yourself to the company.

Cover letters must employ several key ingredients in order to accomplish its goal.

  • Initially, you must attract the reader’s attention by relating something of interest to them. This is typically what has triggered your interest in pursuing the company in the first place.
  • Secondly, you need to develop your reader’s interest by sharing background, experience, or qualities which fulfill a need of the company.
  • Thirdly, validation of your skills and abilities is required. A summary of your greatest achievements or accomplishments, as they pertain to this position, will assist in building your case for candidacy.
  • Lastly, a good cover letter will move the reader to action. Your objective here is to entice your reader to view the resume and set up an interview. Mention you will be following up this information package with a call to determine if they have any questions about your background.

A good cover letter will always enhance your chances of preparing the way to the next step, the interview.

For additional information on this subject, please consult the following link.

www.careerperfect.com

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