4 Tips For An Effective Cover Letter

In this article, we’ll be exploring some strategies for writing cover letters. So, take out your cover letter, dust it off, and let’s go. Related:How To Customize A Cover Letter For A Specific Job Opening The purpose of your cover letter is not to bore the hiring manager with your entire life story, explain and justify every gap in employment, account for your career path, and so on and so forth. Your cover letter has one purpose—and one purpose only: To get the hiring manager’s attention so he reads your resume! It’s your opportunity to make a great first impression and let him know you deserve his time. Here are a few points to remember to ensure your cover letter is a success: 1. Be concise. Enough said. 2. Be specific. Focus on the specific job opening. 3. Be relevant. What have you done previously that is an exact match for what they need? 4. Showcase, sell, and brag – Oh my! (Just kidding.) Seriously, talk yourself up (but be truthful and professional). Be sure to reference the specific position in which you are interested, and work the company’s name in there at some point. Also, mention the source where you heard about the position. (It’s always nice as a hiring manager to know which sources bring you the most qualified candidates.) I know most of you are applying for countless positions every week, and that it takes time to customize each individual cover letter. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again... If making five minutes worth of adjustments now saves you days or weeks in your job search, that five minutes will have been well worth it. This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. Want to work with the best resume writer? If you would like us to personally work on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile—and dramatically improve their response rates—then check out our professional and executive resume writing services at GreatResumesFast.com or contact us for more information if you have any questions. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here.Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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