TAILIEUCHUNG - Cover Letters: More Helpful Hints

We're not talking about Amsterdam's Red Light District. We're talking about finding a job. Cover letters are your first sales pitch to potential employers. Remember that employers receive hundreds of resumes and cover letters from people that are applying for the job YOU want. Your goal is to stand out from the other candidates. A good cover letter introduces you to an employer and explains why you are one of the best candidates applying for a job with the organization. It should motivate the employer to read your resume and hopefully invite you to interview for a position you are. | Cover Letters More Helpful Hints By Idaho State College Stonehill College Sell yourself. We re not talking about Amsterdam s Red Light District. We re talking about finding a job. Cover letters are your first sales pitch to potential employers. Remember that employers receive hundreds of resumes and cover letters from people that are applying for the job YOU want. Your goal is to stand out from the other candidates. A good cover letter introduces you to an employer and explains why you are one of the best candidates applying for a job with the organization. It should motivate the employer to read your resume and hopefully invite you to interview for a position you are seeking. What does a cover letter do Basically it expands on your resume and lets you write about yourself in a more personal way. Cover letters don t have to be stiff and formal--avoid the rubber stamp letter. The voice behind the letter should be warm friendly and genuine. Employers want to hire real people not robots. Although your letter should reflect your personality always keep your audience in mind. Catchy opening sentences are wonderful for creative jobs in communications and advertising but Wall Street might not appreciate it. Before you send out your cover letter show it to someone in the industry to get feedback. Ten Basic Rules 1. Type each letter or use a computerized cover letter service so each letter looks individually typed. 2. Use 8 1 2 x 11 bond paper that matches your resume. 3. Address each employer by name and title. Never send a Dear Sir Madam letter-- it s too impersonal. 4. Send your letter to the highest-ranked official possible so that it will receive immediate attention. 5. Check for grammar and spelling errors. This letter is the first example of your writing skills and how you present yourself. 6. Keep your letter short three to five paragraphs to hold the reader s interest. 7. Start your letter with a strong attention-grabbing sentence. 8. Mention past experience along

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