Past IssuesNovember 23, 2015
What's So 'Scary' About a Cover Letter?
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What's So Scary About a Cover Letter?
By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the Amazing Cover Letter Creator
If you're ready for a new job in your industry you'll want to write a smashing cover letter that will knock the socks off the hiring manager! In other words you'll hope he or she will sit up and take notice. Writing such a letter may sound S-C-A-R-Y, especially since times are tough and there is so much competition. It's a little like competing in a contest for the best Halloween costume. You'll want to catch the judge's attention and single you out for the prize. Winning a job, however, has a lot more at stake.
But you can use that analogy as encouragement to do your best, to take the time to put together a cover letter that will rise above the same old, same old letters the employers see every day of the week.
Therefore, you'll want to write a job search cover letter that includes the essential ingredients that will highlight your qualifications for the position you hope to fill. Details such as your name, employment background and experience, job skills, and level of education, as well as your interest in competing for the position, are essential.
When the competition is high, landing a job interview can be a challenge. Writing a dynamic cover letter is the first step. Your stomach may quake and your hands shake at just the thought of putting together all the right words in the right order. You just might have to work a little harder than usual to catch the manager's eye. But you can do it.
Your cover letter must show who you are as a person, as well as a professional. So keep that in mind. Be sure to add examples and statements that let him or her know clearly that you're a person who wants to work diligently, meet expectations, help to increase the company's revenue, get along with colleagues, and promote good will in whatever way you can.
It's Not as Difficult as it May Seem
Many job seekers approach writing a cover letter with dread. They can't relax and just write the letter as though they were talking to a friend, presenting themselves in an easy, friendly manner, as human beings who would be an asset to the employer's company. They feel scared, timid, and anxious and their emotions come right through the cover letter. Their wording is stiff and stuffy sounding.
But if you take a different approach, including important details but also writing in a way that helps the hiring manager see you as a person, then you have a better chance of landing an interview than almost anyone else competing for the same position. Why? Because most people stick to the facts to the point that they hide behind a costume instead of showing who they really are.
Hiring managers are looking for people with human emotion, a high work ethic, a team spirit, and moral values -- in addition to references to their previous experience and job skills.
Take the Fear Out of Writing a Winning Cover Letter
Therefore, draft a cover letter that will show your personality, your character, your humility, and your communication and leadership abilities.
Example: "I'd count it a privilege to join your firm. I've been in sales for six years and have received numerous awards for my ingenuity, commitment to building the company's revenue, and my creativity when carrying out unique sales campaigns that stimulate business and drive customers to the products they need and want. May I meet you for an in-person interview where we can discuss your expectations for the person you hire and also hear the plans I'd like to implement to increase your company's reputation and monthly revenue?"
Taking the Fear Out of Landing a Job Interview
Just think! A hiring manager reading such a job search cover letter - one that delivers a friendly and warm style but also gets down to the essentials would surely want to contact the writer and call him or her in for an interview, one that I believe would lead to the job itself.
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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