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Why is a cover letter necessary?
A resume should always be accompanied by a cover letter. Consider it as an introduction to a potential employer. Always write it directly to the company to which you are applying and addressed to a specific person whenever possible. Your cover letter should be designed to catch the reader’s attention and entice them to go on to the resume. Many potential employers want you to submit a
cover letter to get a feel for your writing style. It also gives them a look into who you are.
What should a cover letter include?
Cover letters should always address how your skill set matches the skills required for the position. Even if you prepare a generalized cover letter, it must include at least one or two paragraphs dedicated to the specific job for which you are
applying and outline how you qualify for that position. Be sure to focus on the significant and relevant aspects of your experience. Don’t use the cover letter to tell the prospective employer what you did in your past jobs – use it to outline
what you accomplished. For example, don’t say that you did outside and inside sales. Tell them that you increased sales by 20% by streamlining your territory to increase the number of calls completed each week. Increased output, decreased production costs, improved product quality, increased revenues, etc. whatever it may be that you have accomplished.
Also use the cover letter to explain any significant gaps in employment.
What should a cover letter exclude?
Never include any negative information regarding a past or present employer, problems with co-workers or managers, etc. Also be sure to spell and grammar-check your cover letter and resume, you don’t want a prospective employer to fail to read your resume because you cannot construct a proper sentence or make too many typos. Proofread before you send it!
Do not use attention getting tactics or gimmicks to draw attention to your cover letter. Be sure to use a good grade of paper (a soft-colored paper is ok to use if you want your resume to stand out). Only include salary history if the prospective employer requests it.
Be Proactive – Take Action!
Let the reader know exactly when you are available to interview. Tell them when you will call to follow up on your resume. And then do it! Be sure to call when you tell them that you will call.
It is important that your resume is easy to read and comprehend at a very quick glance. If it is too long or too detailed, you will lose the interest of the reader who is pouring through tens or maybe hundreds of resumes. Use bullet points indicating each accomplishment and being certain that these accomplishments will fulfill the requirements of the position for which you are applying. Give facts, figures and results. Make a powerful introductory section that is short and convincing.
Always try to keep your resume to two pages, but definitely no more than three.
Objective – There are two schools of thought on objective. Some feel that if you put an objective on your resume, it puts you into a box and you will not be considered for other possible positions. It can be useful, however, when you are applying for a very specific position. If you feel that it might block you from consideration for other positions, use this section as a summary and be sure that it outlines skills and abilities that are relevant to the position for which you are applying.
In a Combination resume, you will begin with a Summary section and then move on to a chronological section starting with your most recent job and moving backwards. Briefly state your responsibilities and highlight your accomplishments. For ease of reading, use bullet points. Highlight accomplishments and important contributions.
Be sure to use the vocabulary of your industry in your resume. Use strong action verbs such as planned, managed, led, increased, initiated, and improved. Always stay away from using “fluff” in your resume. Avoid words such as self-motivated, hands-on or other words that are too general and don’t tell the prospective employer how you are different from other applicants. Remember – your resume is an advertisement about you to a prospective employer!
You can go to your local library or on-line to find resume templates. There are many websites on resume writing that can be visited. A simple search for resume writing or resume template will provide you with examples of resumes.
Keep a log of the date and to whom each resume was sent along with a copy of the job advertisement or job description. Follow up about two to three days after sending the resume to be sure that the resume was received. Many times this brings your resume to the top of the list for review! Ask when you should follow up again and when you make that follow up call, tell them that you were told to check back.
Internet vs. Paper
It doesn’t matter whether you send your cover letter and resume via e-mail or good old fashioned snail mail, the same information applies to both. Be absolutely certain that your e-mailed cover letter and resume are the same quality and not written cryptically as many e-mails seem to be these days. Follow up an e-mailed resume with a hard copy and include the cover letter, but be sure to add that you e-mailed your resume on whatever date and that you are following up with this hard copy.
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