So, all this time I’ve been preaching on the importance of a great resume. Well, guess what? Just as important, if not more important, is the cover letter. If you don’t have a good cover letter, your resume may not get looked at or may only be glanced at. I find writing about myself and making it sound sincere, yet at the same time selling myself to be really hard. But, this is basically the combination you are looking to achieve in a cover letter. Don’t fear, I have some samples and some tips for you so that you will be able to write a great cover letter and hopefully it won’t be as painful for you as it was for me.
My Top 10 Checklist for Writing a Great Resume…
1. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Then have someone else proofread for you.
2. The basics: use the same paper that you use for your resume, keep the letter to one page, and use the traditional business format to the letter.
3. Include the specific job you are seeking to be hired for and the company’s name.
4. Show that you have researched the company by including some company information in at least one of your sentences.
5. Sell yourself (but do not use “I” at the beginning of every sentence)!
6. Focus on the employer. Think of the question “what can I do for the company?” and answer it in the cover letter.
7. Explain anything in your resume that might cause concern, such as gaps in employment history. Do not dwell on these, keep them brief – keep the focus on the positive.
8. Request an interview.
9. Use a large envelope so you don’t have to fold your resume and cover letter – it will look better than everyone else’s in a pile.
10. Proofread!! (yes, I realize this is on the list twice. I did proof read, I just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.)
Ok, so now you’re thinking you have all my tips down, but how do you write it? Fear not, below are some samples/formats that will help you…