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Resume Coverletters -The Secret for Getting The Interview!

Looking for a job can be one of the most overwhelming, stressful activities you ever undertake. Making the resume can be time-consuming and difficult, but for most types of jobs, it’s a necessity. Once the resume is finished, your next question will likely be, “How do I write resume coverletters?” There’s not really an easy answer for this question, but we can pass along a few tips on how to write a winning cover letter that just might get you the interview that you want.

As I’m sure you are aware, the current economy has caused millions of job loses…and all those millions of people are trying for the same jobs you are. Many employers report dozens or hundreds of applicants for every job opening. Competition is fierce! You need every competitive edge you can get. Well-written resume coverletters can give you that “foot in the door” advantage.

1. Customize your cover letter to the position being applied for. Tell your prospective employer why you are the ideal candidate for this particular job.

2. Emphasize anything on your resume that you want your future employer to pay attention to.

3. Mention features of the job being offered, and point out the areas in which you have specific applicable experience or training.

You should start out your cover letter by introducing yourself and mentioning where you discovered the position was available. (ie: newspaper ad, online source, friend, etc.) If someone referred you, make sure that you mention his or her name in the second or third sentence of the letter. Some people may think it unwise to mention people you know, but the reality is that it could make a difference in getting an interview. You remember the old saying, “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know!” Your cover letter should be something that intrigues the potential employer, making them want to interview you. But make sure you keep it professional at all times!

Points to Consider when writing your cover letter:

Keep it short: Resume coverletters should never be more than one page. Ever!

Be Strong: Highlight your experience and skills by using “action-verb” phrases. Give examples of your accomplishments and strong points.

Be Consistent: Be sure to use the same format, style and paper with your resume, cover letter, and any other documents you submit. (ie: references, etc.)

Be Conscientious: Your cover letters should be visually attractive and should never have typos, misspellings, or grammatical errors.

This is Important: Have your resume coverletters and resume read and critiqued by at least two or three other people. Revise as needed, for clarity and grammatical flow.

Your resume and cover letters should be written with a word processor or computer. The documents should be printed out on white or off-white paper. Do not use regular copier paper. Go to any office supply store and purchase resume paper, or another quality stationary paper. If submitting by regular mail, send the resume and letter in an 8X11 manila envelope, addressed with the full name and title, if known, company name and mailing address.

When your are putting your resume coverletter together, you need to introduce yourself as the best employee for the position. You can point out your talents, abilities and experience.



1 Responses to “Resume Coverletters -The Secret for Getting The Interview!”

Anonymous said...

May 31, 2013 at 7:54 AM

A good resume is the key to get the job you want. People who wants to get their dream job should prepare for the interview as well. It is nice to be guided by an expert like resume services Edmonton for your job application.


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