Past IssuesApril 09, 2012
Put an End to Cover Letter Waste!
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Put an End to Cover Letter Waste!
Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of Amazing Cover Letter Creator
Thousands of job search cover letters land on the desks of hiring managers every week. After one glance, however, hundreds of them are sent to the gallows. They are tossed, forgotten, and then shredded. What a waste--of paper and personality. The men and women behind these cover letters will wait for a response, but never receive one because their writing was just plain banal, boring and bad!
But you don't have to be one of them. You can stop the waste. You can grab the reader's attention. You can be called in for a job interview. So listen up. Here are five steps to take when you write your next cover letter.
1. Start your letter with a 'killer headline'--a carefully chosen phrase that will lasso the hiring manager and compel him or her to keep reading. Example:
- READ ON to find out why I'm the most qualified person for the job you wish to fill. [Insert job opening title here].
- I'm excited for the opportunity to interview for [Insert job opening title here]!
- I worked for ABC Corporation for five years as head of the contracts department.
- I will get the job done right -- on time every time.
4. Include your thanks. Whether or not you receive a job offer, be sure to express your appreciation for being considered. You can never be too polite. Courtesy counts! Examples:
- Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.
- May we get together to discuss this job in detail.
- I am grateful for the opportunity to contact you with my credentials.
- I'd welcome meeting with you in person to talk about this job.
- P.S. I will follow up with a phone call on April 1. I welcome the opportunity to meet and speak with you in person about (insert job title here). If you have any questions, please call me at 555-555-5555. Thank you in advance.
- P.S. I'm excited to assume the position of (insert job title here). Can we meet to talk over the details? I'll make sure to be available. Please call me at 555-555-5555. Thank you again.
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."
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