TAILIEUCHUNG - Covering Cover Letters

"Do I really need a cover letter?" We're asked this question a few times every month. We get the impression that people are hoping we'll say, "No! You don't need a cover letter. Your résumé's great, it can stand on its own." After putting so much time and effort into their résumé, it's easy to understand why people might think the cover letter is nothing more than a "dust jacket" for the real article. Just one more piece of wasted paper that delays getting to the good stuff. What do most cover letters say, after all, but, "You've got a. | Covering Cover Letters By Sue Nowacki and Steve Burt Why A Cover Letter is More Than Just A Dust Jacket Do I really need a cover letter We re asked this question a few times every month. We get the impression that people are hoping we ll say No You don t need a cover letter. Your resume s great it can stand on its own. After putting so much time and effort into their resume it s easy to understand why people might think the cover letter is nothing more than a dust jacket for the real article. Just one more piece of wasted paper that delays getting to the good stuff. What do most cover letters say after all but You ve got a job I ve got a resume. Hope to hear from you soon. But the cover letter is more than a way to dress up your resume. It has a beneficial purpose. If written well focusing on how and why your particular skills experience achievements and personality can benefit a specific position and company your cover letter can encourage your reader to turn to your resume with genuine interest. What the Cover Letter Does that the Resume Doesn t While your cover letter acts as an introduction it can also take your resume s information one step further by showing your reader how your history and past achievements can be applied to meet the needs concerns missions and goals of the company you re targeting. In this way your cover letter not only confirms your qualifications for the position but also indicates that you are the right person for this company. In order to present your qualifications in a meaningful way to your specific reader you need to do some homework on the company you re targeting. Learning all that you can about a company knowing what they re trying to achieve what their products or services are who comprises their customers or clientele what their strengths and weaknesses are what their concerns are who their competitors are and how well they re achieving their goals will not only help you identify ways in which your skills can be directly .

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