Past IssuesOctober 10, 2016
P.S. You Can Write A Fabulous Cover Letter
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Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To get hired faster, check out this video.
Write A Fabulous Cover Letter
By Karen O'Connor, Head Writer at CareerJimmy.com
And contributor to the brand new "Amazing Cover Letter Creator"
Janice put the finishing touches on her job search cover letter and was about to hit 'send' when it occurred to her that she'd left out something important -- an essential bit of information that she wanted to emphasize. This meant starting over again -- or did it?
She could tuck in an additional sentence since she was sending her cover letter by email but she liked the letter as she had composed it and didn't want to rework it.
Janice let it sit for a few hours and then while surfing the Internet for more info about cover letters, she came across an article that talked about the value of adding a P.S. (short for postscript) and how it could work well for a couple of reasons.
First, it's an attention-getter. It almost begs the reader to look at it before reading the body of the cover letter. She could use the P.S. to make the point she'd forgotten, or to ask for an interview, or to remind the employer of one of her skills and talents. She read a few examples and then decided she'd add a P.S. to her cover letter -- intentionally. As the article stated, a P.S. is like a magnet!
Second, a P.S. adds a personal touch. It's a friendly way of adding one more detail that may move the hiring manager to take action, such as inviting the job hunter in for an interview, or keeping in mind something unique about that person that is just what is needed for the job.
These two letters of the alphabet strategically placed at the end of a cover letter could be more powerful than all the paragraphs that precede them. So Janice placed her postscript beneath her email signature line at the end of the cover letter where it would draw attention.
Say What You Mean Again -- in a Fresh Way
You can do the same. Depending on your relationship with the employer, you may use a P.S. to make a personal statement such as:
P.S. I'm looking forward to bringing samples of the editing I've done for my current employer's monthly newsletter so you can see what I'll do for your firm.
P.S. Thanks for encouraging me to send my cover letter. I appreciate your interest in hearing from me after we met at the business social last week.
If you are writing a cover letter to someone you don't know keep your postscript focused on your desire to be invited in for an interview or to emphasize a point you made in the body of the letter.
P.S. I look forward to hearing from you and would welcome an opportunity to meet in person to talk about how I can fill the opening for a service manager at your company.
P.S. Once again, thank you for reading my resume and cover letter. I hope to meet you in person. Call me at your convenience. 888-888-8888
Janice considered all the possibilities and then decided that what she really wanted to say in her postscript was the following:
P.S. A reminder: I can transform your front office within one month with my organizational skills. I hope you will give me the opportunity to show you what I can accomplish. I'll bring photos to show you. May I come in for an interview?
Even if the hiring manager read only her P.S. he or she would see at a glance that Janice was a person with a specific skill that could benefit the company in a real and tangible way.
Maybe you, like Janice, want to add this bit of pizzazz to your cover letter. Use the P.S. to restate in a new way something you've already said in the body of the letter or as Janice did, to emphasize her unique skill, or to motivate action and promote connection between you and the hiring manager or to ask for an interview.
Here are two more examples to consider.
P.S. On April 20 I'll follow up with a phone call. I'd welcome the opportunity to speak with you in person about how I can fill the position you have available. Feel free to call me at 555-555-5555.
P.S. Thank you for reading my cover letter and considering me for the opening you now have for an administrative executive. I'll be happy to meet you at your convenience to talk about how I can support you and the company. Please call me at 555-555-5555.
It's amazing how a small touch like a postscript can make such a huge difference. But it can. Use it and see for yourself.
P.S. Keep in mind that people will almost never skip a P.S. so be sure to include one in your next cover letter.
Karen O'Connor is the Head Writer at CareerJimmy. She has authored hundreds of articles on unique job search strategies that bring big results.
Karen is one of the first career insiders to reveal a "Secret Sentence" you can use on your next cover letter to land more job interviews and job offers.