Opening ParagraphHere is my resume This is the job I am applying forThis is how I know about the jobSecond ParagraphI am qualifiedHere is whya general summary of your work experience and education. Detail specific parts of your experience, education, and talents that are most related to the job.Optional ParagraphWhy your organization?Last ParagraphLooking forward to hearing from youHere is how to reach memention your availability for an interview thank the employer for his/her consideration.
Make sure that you’re cover letter heading matches your resumeSame font, etc. And use the same paperPhone number – be sure you have it on or check messages (and appropriate)
Date, name & address at top leftName & address of person writing toAvoid general greetings
Who uses the first line? EVERYONE!Isn’t the point of a job search to stand out from the crowd, not get lost in the midst of it?Try something like this… it is similar to a branding statement – but rather a branding opening line2nd one:Addresses the companies need for a bottom-line driven project manager, shares years of experience, and hits the job title on the dot 3 big points in the first line!
Including a quote from a former employer is relevant and hard-hitting. A great way to “sell” what you’re capable of accomplishing for an organizationIf the employer has a specific requirement in their job ad and you’ve already done that somewhere else and have a great recommendation or quote from a previous supervisor to back it up – WOW – there really isn’t better sales/marketing material than that. Not much can beat a quote about your results
Also be sure to include your contact information so they can reach out to you.
Keep the closing professional, polished and concise – you don’t want to appear desperate or unprofessional
Cover letter is like the big picture… there are many more details underneath (in the resume)… the big picture captures your initial interest so you want to take a closer look – then you see so much more in the resume… and you want to know even more so an interview is scheduled!
Cover letter chaos
No longer one style Solicited, unsolicited, broadcast Format – 3 paragraph vs. list Boringis out! Customization is a MUST OVER 85% OF EMPLOYERS SURVEYED SAY THE COVER LETTER IS IMPORTANT OR VERY IMPORTANT!
COVER LETTERS Should be personalized Look professional Target your skills
Dear Mr. Tucker (kid is networked or informed enough to directly addressthe hiring manager, nice)Application for director (hiring manager gets what this letter is about)I am writing to apply to be the new Director of the National Railway Museum.I am only 6 but I think I can do this job. (Acknowledge surface limitation, butimmediately discount it, and boldly assert competence and confidence)I have an electrick train track. I am good on my train track. I can control 2trains at once. (Demonstrable and relevant skills. Indicates passion for thework as well. Two trains at once in not easy)[PHOTO]I have been on lots of trains including Eurostar and some trains in France.(Interest and expertise in the field) I have visited the museum before.(Familiarity with the business) I loved watching the trains go round on theturntable. (Humanizes and connects at an emotional level)On the other side is a picture of me.Hopefully I can come and meet you for an interview. (Asks for the interview)
I am writing inregard to theposition of________ at_________.
Dear Dave, I call you that because I feel I’ve known you for years. Dear Mr. Todd: I would like to aply for the position of editoral asistent Dear Mr. Todd: My mother told me I should … Dear Mr. Todd: You don’t know me, but … Dr. Mr. Todd: Your company appears to be violating the Equal Opportunities Amendment and to help you rectify the situation, I would like to…
“Please acceptthis resume inresponse to the “With over 10 years of profit-driven project______ position management experience, Iadvertised on the feel I would be an ideal candidate for the ______Minnesota Works position advertised on thejob bank…” Minnesota Works job bank.”
Whiz of a Sales Executive: I was born knowing about selling the sizzle, not the steak. An executive risktaker, I drive business to the next level. Application of enthusiastic confidence generates new customers and competitively positions products. I consistently overcome obstacles and generate product loyaltywhile increasing company’s profits and global market recognition
How have I evolved over the course of my career?What specific and general contributions have I made toeach employer I’ve worked for, as well as my field as awhole?What vision do I hold for my career and field?What are my brand attributes (adjectives to describeaccomplishments, skills, etc.)?What are my professional goals?
My experiences in office administration and client services have equipped me with a multitude of skills including office management, business operations, and exemplary customer service. I am confident that my application of these and my many other skills would be an asset to your company.
Integrity. Innovation. Initiative. If you have these qualities in mind for the position of _____ then I suggest we meet to discuss the numerous qualifications I would bring to your organization. With my demonstrated track record of successfully directing pharmacy operations and introducing initiatives that directly impacted the bottom line, I am confident that I would be an excellent fit for the position at _________.
Don’t rehash your resume! Don’t bad mouth your former employer!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY: “I am an excellent candidate for this position and I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can contribute to your company” State your interest in the job! “Sarah is a very valuable asset to the work force center. She is knowledgeable, energetic and is a great teacher. She works well with all types of people assisting them to secure a job in this tight market.” WorkForce Center Client
ALWAYS END BY: Thanking them for their time and stating your next move “I will call you on May 3rd” or “I will contact you next week” or “You can expect to hear from me by May 3rd” Shows you will take charge and take the lead If you say you will, you better!
COVER LETTER OOPS… “Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you shorty!”
July 8th, 2012Mr. John SmithAlco, Inc.217 West StreetJohnson, VA 24132Dear Mr. Smith:Enclosed find a copy of my resume. Please consider me for the position ofwelder that was advertised in the Roanoke Times and World News.I believe I am qualified for your position. I have six years of welding experiencein an industrial setting. Furthermore, I am a very dependable worker as shownby the fact that I have only missed two days of work in the last five years.Finally, I am available to work any shift at any of your three plants.I look forward to hearing from you. I can best be reached after 3:00 p.m.onweekdays and anytime on weekends.Sincerely,Andrew S. Jones
Check your spelling and grammar Hiring is NOT the same as highering or hiering Fast paced is NOT the same as: face paced or fast paste The abbreviation for Assistant is ASST not… Be sure you have addressed it to the right person No: Sir or Madam Be specific – do some research
Have letter proofread More eyes the better! You will read over your mistakes Be sure you are referencing the right position/company Sending a letter to 3M that says Douglas Machines… oops! Sign it Actual signature Electronically – different font Send it In person, mail, email, fax