How much do you know about awesome cover letters? A good cover letter can mean the difference between a resume that's read and one that's tossed in the trash. An awesome cover letter can mean you GET THE JOB! In this article, discover how to create one that gets the results you want.
What do you think is the first thing a prospective employer is going to notice about YOU? Will it be your fancy new slacks? Will it be your new whiter and brighter teeth? No.
A potential new employer is going to see your cover letter. They might see a simple cover letter. They might see a fancy executive cover letter, but it will still be the first thing that they look at - even before the resume. SO, that means your amazing cover letter has to look its best.
Writing employment cover letters is not especially difficult, but it does take thought and time. Ok, that sounds difficult - but it really isn't. You just need to set aside some time to allow yourself some time to reflect on the job you are seeking and how you are going to be a good match for that job. That is the first step. Once they are excited about getting to know you, they'll read your resume. That's where you will really hook them in.
Now, the thing you really have to remember when you create a resume cover letter is that you have to think about it from the prospective employer's point of view. What is it that the employer is going to want to read to make him/her want to know more about you?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Your knowledge of the company might give you another opportunity to connect yourself to the job. You could briefly describe your experience with its products, cite a recent company success, or refer to an article written about the company."
When you are able to look at things from the employer's perspective, you will do a much better job of writing a cover letter that matches skills and fills needs.
For a complete cover letter guideline, go here: Cover Letter Guideline
I found this list of cover letter rules and felt it would be useful for my readers:
The thing is, you have to be willing to do more than other job candidates if you want to stand out. You have to be willing to make a better impression, go the extra mile, make the next phone call. That is what it is going to take to get a great job.
If you don't want to put in the kind of time it takes to write an attention-getting cover letter, then don't. But understand that you won't be the one getting the job offers. It's just that simple.
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