Creative Cover Letters     Presented by Donna Shannon   The Personal Touch Career Services             720-341-8229donna@p...
The Personal Touch Career Services• Our Mission: To help job seekers of all levels achieve  their employment goals through...
DO I REALLY NEED A COVERLETTER?            (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Yes!• Never pass up a marketing opportunity• Use to focus and customize to the individual  or the company• Persuade and en...
More reasons to send a cover letter:• To survive the HR screening• To be seen as a professional• To operate on the highest...
Repeat after me:• I will always send a cover letter, no matter  what!                  (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
WHY CREATIVITY COUNTS          (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Creativity can open doors• We hire people, not robots• Social media is making everything personal• Stand out from the crow...
Don’t be this guy…                 (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Rules you can’t escape• Start with an attention-grabbing introduction  followed by supporting evidence• Say what you want•...
CREATIVE TACTICS            (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Unusual introduction• Rather than relying on a stale and boring  standard introduction, capture the  imagination of the re...
Interesting introduction          Formula:• Start with an image  that embodies their  predicament• Slide in where you saw ...
Unusual introduction- a closer look• In this flooded job market, finding a good  _____________ (your job title) can be as ...
Strong statement• Think you’ve got a strong selling point? Lead  with that strength…                 (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Strong statement formulaPick two top skills to highlightSneak the job title and where    you saw it into the first    sent...
Strong statement- a closer look• “I am certain that every candidates resume  that you have received for your ________  (jo...
Question and answer• Do you understand the core nature of the  job? Make it a question you ask the  employer – with you as...
Question & answer formula•     Ask what is the single      greatest asset for the job•     State what your top ability    ...
Question & answer- a closer look• “What could possibly be the single greatest  asset of any ___________(job title)? The  a...
Understanding of the industry• Know a lot about the industry, including it’s  quirks, challenges and rewards? Tell us  abo...
Understanding of the      industry formula•   Start with current news•   Write about your    understanding of the    indus...
Understanding the industry- a closer                look• After reading several articles about you and  your company _____...
FINAL WORDS          (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
Remember your audience• Your target is NOT the HR department- it is the  HIRING MANGER• A well-written cover letter placed...
Donna Shannon        720-341-8229donna@personaltouchcareerservices.com www.personaltouchcareerservices.com  www.LinkedIn.c...
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The Importance of Creative Cover Letters

  1. 1. Creative Cover Letters Presented by Donna Shannon The Personal Touch Career Services 720-341-8229donna@personaltouchcareerservices.com
  2. 2. The Personal Touch Career Services• Our Mission: To help job seekers of all levels achieve their employment goals through solid, practical advice and services  We offer resume services, interview coaching, job search strategy development and group classes  Over 8 years in corporate recruitment & placement  Donna’s book, “Get a Job Without Going Crazy” is available on our website CoyoteVisions.com, Amazon.com and the Tattered Cover in Denver (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  3. 3. DO I REALLY NEED A COVERLETTER? (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  4. 4. Yes!• Never pass up a marketing opportunity• Use to focus and customize to the individual or the company• Persuade and engage a jaded audience (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  5. 5. More reasons to send a cover letter:• To survive the HR screening• To be seen as a professional• To operate on the highest level (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  6. 6. Repeat after me:• I will always send a cover letter, no matter what! (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  7. 7. WHY CREATIVITY COUNTS (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  8. 8. Creativity can open doors• We hire people, not robots• Social media is making everything personal• Stand out from the crowd (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  9. 9. Don’t be this guy… (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  10. 10. Rules you can’t escape• Start with an attention-grabbing introduction followed by supporting evidence• Say what you want• Include your contact information (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  11. 11. CREATIVE TACTICS (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  12. 12. Unusual introduction• Rather than relying on a stale and boring standard introduction, capture the imagination of the reader by setting a scene… (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  13. 13. Interesting introduction Formula:• Start with an image that embodies their predicament• Slide in where you saw the job• Back it up with some proof• Conclude with contact info (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  14. 14. Unusual introduction- a closer look• In this flooded job market, finding a good _____________ (your job title) can be as easy as picking out a new shirt at the mall. However, finding that perfect candidate who can balance _________ (your top skill) with an in-depth understanding of _______________ (your industry or their main need) can be more challenging. That is more like having a tailor- made garment that fits to perfection. (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  15. 15. Strong statement• Think you’ve got a strong selling point? Lead with that strength… (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  16. 16. Strong statement formulaPick two top skills to highlightSneak the job title and where you saw it into the first sentenceRefer to your resume for proofConclude with contact information (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  17. 17. Strong statement- a closer look• “I am certain that every candidates resume that you have received for your ________ (job title) position listed on ____________ (where you saw it) is claiming to be ___________ (top skill #1) and _________ (top skill #2). I am no different - but as you will see in reading over my attached resume, my experience supports my claims.” (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  18. 18. Question and answer• Do you understand the core nature of the job? Make it a question you ask the employer – with you as the answer, of course (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  19. 19. Question & answer formula• Ask what is the single greatest asset for the job• State what your top ability is as the possible answer• Tie in that you meet this requirement• Fill in with a solid example from your experience• Conclude with your contact info (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  20. 20. Question & answer- a closer look• “What could possibly be the single greatest asset of any ___________(job title)? The ability to ____________ (skill or attribute #1) and _________________ (skill or attribute #2) would have to rank pretty high – I know it certainly did in my _____________ (related experience).” (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  21. 21. Understanding of the industry• Know a lot about the industry, including it’s quirks, challenges and rewards? Tell us about it… (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  22. 22. Understanding of the industry formula• Start with current news• Write about your understanding of the industry• Tie in your personal experience• Ask for the job your want• Conclude with your contact information (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  23. 23. Understanding the industry- a closer look• After reading several articles about you and your company ____________(where you saw it), I have become increasingly impressed. Specifically, I understand ___________ (draw in their company vision or plans, especially as they relate to industry changes or demands)….• The rest is up to you – display your knowledge! (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  24. 24. FINAL WORDS (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  25. 25. Remember your audience• Your target is NOT the HR department- it is the HIRING MANGER• A well-written cover letter placed in the right hands can: • Open doors • Resurrect a cut candidate • Snag the interview (c) Donna Shannon, 2010
  26. 26. Donna Shannon 720-341-8229donna@personaltouchcareerservices.com www.personaltouchcareerservices.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/donnashannon www.facebook.com/DLShannon7 Twitter: @DLShannon
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