Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Cover Letter Tips
When writing your cover letter, keep in mind that the reviewer is only interested in one thing; the facts. DO NOT think of your cover letter as an autobiography; it should be brief and to the point. The purpose of the cover letter and resume should be one thing – it should demonstrate that you meet or exceed the requirements listed in the job description. It should demonstrate that you’re interested in the position, and that you are available to accept the position if offered. Additional information beyond this can be counterproductive, as it dilutes the core purpose of the cover letter and resume.
When writing the cover letter, avoid negatives. A cover letter is not the place to explain why you left or are leaving an employer, why there are gaps in your employment dates, etc. These "negatives" are best delivered in person during the interview so that your personality and can counter them.
Spend time thinking about the layout of your letter, and make it sure that it is easy on the eyes.
PLEASE do NOT follow the advice of poorly written resume books and websites that advise on using platitudes and clichés in your cover letter. The point here is to be different and stand out. The goal is to demonstrate your written communication skills by writing a good cover letter – Cutting and pasting a phrase from a cover letter / resume book is not impressive.
Your cover letter should be addressed to a specific person - avoid the "Dear Sir or Madam".Go to their company website, and search the "about us" pages for names of individuals to address your cover letter.It takes a few seconds; however will make your letter stand out.