Write a Cover Letter That Excites!
The cover letter has to WORK for YOU
A resume covering letter is the icing on the cake.
The cake, of course, is your resume. Write your resume in a precise and professional way and you are already half way there. The other half is writing a great letter that creates so much interest in the eyes of the employer that they can't help but call you for an interview to find out more.
Using words effectively is the way to make this happen. It's not blue smoke and mirrors. There are no magic pills to take. It's taking the best of your qualifications and characteristics and making them exciting and enticing to the prospective employer. The best news is that it isn't that hard.
If you have already written your resume, the words you need are already mapped out for you. It's just a matter of weaving them in and out of a few paragraphs then you will be on your way to your new job. Ok, well, it is a little more involved than that, but quite honestly, it doesn't have to be as difficult as some sites make it out to be.
To write a good cover letter - you first must learn what is a cover letter
. As you will learn, a cover letter is kind of like a first impression you will get from an employer and it also allows you some customization opportunities.
Show your enthusiasm
If you don't have any enthusiasm, find someone who does and borrow some. You need to create a sense of urgency (without creating a sense of desperation) – a sense of excitement. Let the employer know that you are interested in working for the company in question.
One thing that is especially important in writing to the employer is knowing a little about the company so that you can logically tailor your words to the position and the organization. Do some research and share what you have learned in an engaging way. (Some of the links below offer more advice on this.)
Just as a resume has certain parameters to consider when creating it, so does this letter. There will be several links at the bottom of this page that provide additional information about what to do and what to avoid as well as what information is best suited for certain paragraphs. Use them.
They are very helpful and will save you time.
This is not hard to do - really
In fact, once you have your resume in hand, this one-page marketing piece nearly writes itself. That's not to say that you can simply reiterate everything that is listed on the resume. It merely means that most of the legwork is actually done. You know
what many of your strengths are. You have an understanding of what you plan to do (career-wise).
It's much easier to pull from the resume and reflect on your character when you have put the time in to create a professional personal history. Not only that, but since you know about the employer from having written your targeted resume, you have much of what you need to target the letter as well.
Take a look at the links below and you will find a wealth of information about writing in a way that invites employers to want to learn more about YOU. Once you are able to get the prospective employer interested, you are much more likely to get a phone call for a face to face interview.
First is the Cover Letter Guideline
page. It identifies the basic format of a cover letter. Knowing what information belongs in which paragraph is essential. It allows you to set the stage for the employer in a way that is expected, yet unique (because of your personal history). Follow the link and see for yourself.
The next link is a Cover Letter Checklist.
Review the information on this page to guarantee you have all the bases covered in your letter. Not only does the checklist present what to do and what not to do, it offers explanations for each statement. This is very beneficial in understanding why each item is listed and how it affects your desired outcome (A JOB INTERVIEW).
The Power of a Good Cover Letter
provides a wealth of information about what employers are looking for and how to tailor this very important letter to meet the employer's needs.
This link to Cover Letter Tips
, provides easy to understand ideas to make your professional letter looks its absolute best. It is a great resource for learning what employers want to receive from job seekers.
If you follow this link to A Great Cover Letter
, it will help you understand the basics of creating a cover letter that employers find professional and informative. It tells you exactly what a great cover letter involves.
Ten Cover Letter Tips
will give you a better understanding of the positive characteristics of a good cover letter. Be prepared to write an outstanding letter after you read these ten tips.
You don't want to write a cover letter which is too long or too short. So it is crucial to learn about how long a cover letter should be
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What should you not do on your cover letter.
Even after all of this learning, many people still struggle with what the cover letter does which the resume does not. After all - they are closely related so it can be confusing. To help address this - check out 5 ways cover letters and resumes differ
And please check out our sample cover letters, which will be quite useful as guidelines for submitting a stellar cover letter. We have the following cover letters:
* Acting Cover Letter
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* Event Coordinator Cover Letter
* Fashion Cover Letter
* Hair Stylist Cover Letter
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* Nanny Cover Letter
* Nursing Cover Letter
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* Public Relations Cover Letter
* Secretary Cover Letter
* Social Worker Cover Letter
* Teaching Cover Letter
* Volunteer Cover Letter
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