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January 21, 2008

Write a Cover Letter that Lands Interviews

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Write a Cover Letter that Lands Interviews

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

Out with the old - in with the new! There's something special about a bright new beginning. It's never too late or too early to start fresh. And there's no time like the present - January, 2008 - to write a cover letter that will result in the job you've only dreamed about till now.

Employers are eager to match qualified job-hunters with quality jobs. You can help them look good and step into the spotlight yourself with a cover letter that will put you at the starting gate.

How can you do that? Create a Clutter-Free Cover Letter. That's how.

Focus on what's important. Cut what's not!

Write as if you're speaking to a friend over coffee. Keep your sentences short, simple, and sincere. Here's how:

SHORT: Thank you for posting your need for a manager for your sporting goods store. This is a job I feel qualified to fill. May I come in for a brief interview? I'm eager to learn about your store, your standards, and how I can meet them with excellence.

SIMPLE: I have a passion for sports and I know the importance of good leadership to the bottom line.

SINCERE: I've played sports all my life and know the value of high-quality equipment, good employee relations, and excellent customer service.

Notice the difference between the previous example and this one:

"Pursuant to the listing you posted on I am responding herewith in hopes that you will provide me with ample consideration regarding the potential possibility of my being granted an interview with the high expectation of being hired for said stated employment..."

Kick the clutter out of your cover letters by thinking of the employer as a good neighbor, one who wants to work with you so that he can fill the opening at his company and you can get the interview - and the job - you're looking for.

Lift Your Glass!

Read your cover letter aloud. Slash the weedy words. Cut the heavy sentences. Chop the pompous phrases. Write and write again until you hear your own voice on the page. Add a dash of personality. Then toast the New Year - the year that will change your life and your employment because of a great cover letter that will have any hiring manager sit up and toast with you.

Happy New Year and happy job hunting!

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator.. Use it and in just 3-1/2 minutes you'll have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

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