Nothing is more disheartening than seeing your resume thrown onto a mountain of job applications. You wonder, "Will I ever receive an interview? How could I possibly get a job?"
Here's the answer: Write an effective resume cover letter.
A potential employer's first impression of you is your cover letter. Your cover letter introduces you and your resume. The stark reality is your resume may never be read without its being accompanied by a professional cover letter. Without a resume cover letter, you might never receive a callback. Here are two things to remember:
Your resume cover letter is a sales letter. It sells your resume; therefore it sells you. A common mistake made by job hunters is either neglecting a cover letter with their resume or writing a poor cover letter.
Here are some basic things to know about and include in your cover letter:
State the position you are applying for.
State why you are applying and how you learned about the position.
If you can, drop a name. (Be sure you have permission.)
Do a little research and say something about the company.
Say that you are a strong candidate because of your qualifications, education, experience, interests, etc.
Now briefly expand on your qualifications, education, experience and interests, especially those that match the employer's needs. You want to appear as the perfect applicant. Additionally, cover letters should call out other key parts of your resume that you want the employer to notice.
Close your resume cover letter with a bold statement that you are a strong match for the job position.
State that you are looking forward to meeting with him/her.
Take the aggressive: Say that if you don't hear from him/her in 7-10 days, you will follow up.
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Can you use this same procedure and format when you are applying for a position over the Internet? Yes! Whether you are applying in person or long distance, you want to demonstrate that you have sterling qualifications and that your communication skills are excellent.
Cover letters showcase your resume and open the door for an interview. The rest is up to you.
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