This week we’re exploring strategies and best practices for writing cover letters. So take out your cover letter, dust it off, and let’s go.
The purpose of your cover letter is not to bore the hiring manager with your entire life story, explain and justify every gap in employment, account for your career path, and so on and so forth. Your cover letter has one purpose—and one purpose only. Get the hiring manager’s attention so that he reads your resume! It’s your opportunity to make a great first impression and let him know you deserve his time. Here are a few points to remember to ensure your cover letter is a success:
– Be concise. Enough said.
– Be specific. Focus on the specific job opening.
– Be relevant. What have you done previously that is an exact match for what they need?
– Showcase, Sell, and Brag – Oh my! (Just kidding.) Seriously, talk yourself up (but be truthful and professional).
Be sure to reference the specific position in which you are interested, and work the company’s name in there at some point. Also, mention the source where you heard about the position. (It’s always nice as a hiring manager to know which sources bring you the most qualified candidates.)
I know most of you are applying for countless positions every week, and that it takes time to customize each individual cover letter. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … if making five minutes worth of adjustments now saves you days or weeks in your job search, that five minutes will have been well worth it.
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class, resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit http://www.greatresumesfast.com or call 1.800.991.5187.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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