Cover Letter Resources

Besides your resume, the cover letter can be the most important aspect of your job application. Great care should be taken to personalize and tailor the cover letter for each job to which you apply.While pondering how to write a cover letter and look for examples, it is also worthwhile asking whether one is needed at all.

Now that online resumes and recruitment create huge volumes of responses to job ads and make rapid scanning essential, some are arguing that cover letters are not only obsolete, but also perhaps a counterproductive burden for all concerned (with exceptions such as a carefully guided and groomed job introduction facilitated with company connections).

The name itself seems to suggest obsolescence, since traditionally a cover letter was placed and attached on top of a resume, thereby "covering" it and seamlessly segueing to it. However, as a digital attachment, it has become a separate file requiring an extra step or two to access-prompting some to regard it as a time-consuming inessential.

Be that as it may, a cover letter documenting one's objectives, credentials, job fit and work history, while revealing other skills (such as written communication and decorum) can serve as a wedge for a resume and interview-and an indispensable adjunct to job fishing at more traditional companies.

A cover letter is included with a resume and is the first impression an employer receives of a potential employee. While a good cover letter alludes to or summarizes resume details, it never duplicates much of the information detailed within a resume. However, it does serve as a personalized complement to a resume that describes not only an interest and intent in applying for a position, but also directly relevant skills and knowledge about the position.

A good cover letter generally follows the format of a business letter and consists of three sections. The first typically, although not universally, discusses the reasons why the employer is being contacted. It should include information such as the exact position for which you are applying, how your skills and experience are well matched with the position, and serve to encourage further interest in you as a candidate by expressing your zeal for the job.

The second section should explain just what exactly you have to offer the company through your performance in the desired position. Refer back to the job posting and give a point-by-point comparison of the advertised requirements and your qualifications. Remain focused on what you can offer the company. Do some research into the company and share what you learn and how your qualifications can benefit the organization. Prove to the reader that your education and skills are directly relevant to the position at hand.

The third section works to close the letter and should remind the reader of your interest in the position. Include contact information such as your phone number email address. Or even promise a follow-up phone call to set up an informational meeting. If you have any professional references, this is a good place to mention, if not list them.

Use your cover letter to express the individual traits that make you the best candidate for a position. And make certain to give current contact information, offer to provide additional information, address any questions and promise to respond to calls or other contacts immediately.

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