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December 09, 2013

Merry Cover Letter!

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Merry Cover Letter!

By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Let's face it! It's more fun to celebrate the holidays than to sit down and actually compose a job search cover letter. Most people prefer a party over planning their next career move.

Understandable. On the other hand, if you're in the market for a new profession or to move up the ladder in the field you're in, writing a fresh cover letter is the thing to do. Then when you get that job interview you want you'll really have something to celebrate.

Don't Give In or Give Up

It may be tempting to hold out till the fun times are over. However, by starting now you can actually get ahead of all the job seekers who are putting off till January what could be completed right now.

While your family is watching TV over the holidays or off sightseeing with visitors or playing with new toys and games, take time to jot down some notes that you'll incorporate into your new job search cover letter.

If you discipline yourself now, you'll be free early in the new year to accept the calls for interviews that are bound to come your way. Think of your cover letter as a holiday gift to yourself and your family that will yield the following benefits:

  • Your cover letter will reach hiring managers.
  • Your cover letter will put your name and skills in front of decision-makers.
  • Your cover letter will poise you for a job interview.
Take Strategic Steps NOW!

Capture a hiring manager's attention with compelling language, a clear desire for the job, and the promise of excellence in the workplace.

Step 1. Match the hiring manager's requirements. Show how you can benefit the company if you're given the opportunity.

Example:
My neighbor and friend Mitch Lawrence, your company Sales Manager, alerted me to the opening at ABC Company for Vice President of Financial Affairs. I'm very interested in interviewing for this position as I have a Master's Degree in Finance and I'm a CPA with five years of experience with XYZ Corporation. I understand you are looking for someone with a track record...

Step 2. Ask for what you want.

Example:
May we meet in person to discuss the responsibilities of the job, your expectations for the person you hire, and how my experience and skills can benefit you and the company?

Step 3. State your goal.

Example:
I'd be happy to contact you by the end of the week to see if you're available to schedule an in-person appointment so we can talk further. I would also welcome a call or email from you if you prefer to make the initial connection.

Step 4. Show your appreciation.

Example:
I appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself through this letter and thank you for reading it. I'm eager to speak with you in person to see how your vision for the company and my abilities can come together.

Hiring managers cannot fulfill their duties to the company singlehandedly. They need smart, sharp, and savvy professionals to fill the positions they have open. So help them do their job by displaying how you can assist them to achieve their goals at the same time you're achieving yours!

Raise your glass this holiday season to a new and exciting cover letter that will lead to the job interview--and the job you've been dreaming of.


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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