Unemployment Style

The Lighter Side of Unemployment

Cover Letter – Do you really need one? August 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — cherylsjohnson @ 4:07 pm

That’s a good question.  At first I thought, I don’t need a cover letter.  They’re a waste of time.  Employers never read them.  I wanted to put all my energy into a well-crafted, organized resume.  But what I failed to realize is that a good cover letter is meant to introduce you to the employer.  It’s their first impression of you. A good cover letter puts a human voice to your name. 

A cover letter is a marketing piece used to get you the interview.  So make sure you craft it to reflect your skill sets and capabilities for that specific job.  I’ve listed a few tips below: 

  • Custom tailor each cover letter
  • Be strong, confident and professional – the cover letter is a sample of your writing skills and how you communicate in a written format
  • Make it personal – if you know the hiring manager’s name use it, if not skip the greeting introduction all together.   I don’t recommend using generic terms like “To Whom it may Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”.
  • Get to the point – Which position you are applying for, How did you learn about the job (this avoids the appearance of a mass produced cover letter)
  • Research the organization and highlight specific ways your expertise can benefit the organization
  • Match your skills sets to the job requirements
  • Peak their interest so they want to learn more about you
  • In closing, express your gratitude for their time and interest.  Make sure to outline your next steps by stating when you will contact them to follow-up on your resume and the status of the job.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Resume, Resume, Resume, competition is fierce so you need to set yourself a part from the masses, and a good cover letter can do that very thing.  It can get you one step closer to an interview. 

So remember – a cover letter and resume go hand-in-hand.  You don’t want to have one without the other.

Stay positive.

Cheryl

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