Past IssuesApril 14, 2014
Undercover Cover Letter Secrets
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Undercover Cover Letter Secrets
By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator
Rich and Joan are movie buffs. They particularly enjoy spy thrillers and murder mysteries because of the suspense throughout and then the surprise endings. But they recently admitted they were spending too much time watching films and not enough on finding the job they wanted -- working for a catering company. Both were trained cooks and they enjoyed preparing food as a team.
But after an intense job search of more than six months, they were still without meaningful employment and were living off savings -- which were disappearing fast. One evening while watching an old spy movie on TV Joan realized that what kept them glued to the screen was the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Just when they thought they had things figured out, some new event would be uncovered.
That led Joan to thinking about how she and her husband could try something new in their job search cover letters -- especially since the old method simply wasn't working.
"We weren't even receiving the courtesy of a rejection letter," joked Rich.
They needed to include some undercover secrets of their own -- fresh ways to present the same information in order to engage the hiring manager in a new way. After doing a little research here's what they came up with.
1. Greet the hiring manager by name. Don't settle for "Dear Sir or Madam" or worse, "To whom it may concern." Such headings are weapons not greeting. Do whatever it takes to find out the name of the person to whom you are writing. Check the website or call the company. Remember that to most people the sound of their name is music to their ears. This is a 'secret' that many job hunters ignore or don't realize its importance.
2. Create a fabulous headline to corral the hiring manager's attention. Just above the letter greeting, place a solid sentence that communicates what you want. This is an undercover cover letter secret that is still uncovered in most parts of the business world. People simply don't know about it. Now you do.
Trained Cuisine Team Ready to Take Your Catering Business to the Next Level!
Looking for a Medical Assistant?
Why Settle For Less When I'm Waiting For Your Call?
3. List the job requirements in a column on the left and your matching skills in a column on the right.
Job Requirement (left column)
Knowledge of medical terminology
Excellent people skills
Matching Skills/Ability(right column)
M.A. from Foster Tech College
Personality Plus Training grad
4. Add a P.S. to your cover letter. Here's another undercover cover letter secret that will snatch attention, create a smile, and give you one last chance to request an interview. If you can leave the hiring manager feeling valued and respected and even smiling, you're sure to be contacted for a personal meeting where you can provide greater detail about your qualifications.
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If your same-old, same-old cover letter has let you down, then explore these undercover secrets when you write yours and you'll be answering the phone day and night!
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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