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Job Search Advice- Cover Letters 101

Job Search Advice- Cover Letters 101


Job Search Advice- Cover Letters 101

by Craig Calvin

Your first impression is critical. Cover letters are what give that first impression, so they need to be perfect. Some people think that their resume is their most important asset, but if you can't craft a good cover letter to accompany it, you'll likely have no luck. Here are some tips to create a cover letter that sells.

Many people think that their resume says everything about them. While it is important, it certainly isn't the most important thing that they need to provide. Sometimes, the cover letter can be just as important, if not more so, than the resume itself. You need to have a mindset that allows you to create a great resume and cover letter, which means custom-fitting each copy to its intended recipient and making sure that you do whatever it takes to prove that you are the best for the job. Your resume and cover letter are your first impressions. While they might be fleeting, first impressions are critical. Therefore, it's essential that yours speak wonders of your abilities and skills.

The goal of your cover letter is to highlight your skills as they are most relevant to the job, and then to persuade them as to why you're right for the job. Think of it like a persuasive essay. The topic is you, and the goal is to persuade the reader that you're the best person for the job. What makes you so special? Why are you the best person for the job? What do you have to offer that someone else won't? These are all things that employers want to know. They want to know that they are getting the best of the best, and you need to prove that is you in any way that you can.

While it is always advisable to have an introductory paragraph in your cover letter, it should be brief, introducing yourself, and the position you are interested in. The next part of your cover letter should specifically mention the skills and training that you have which directly relate to the job you are applying for. Your resume will list all of your experience and qualifications, but the cover letter should only include the relevant ones.

To summarize, your cover letter should be a concise recap of the position you are interested in, the relevant training and experience you have that make you the best candidate for that position, and how this training and experience will benefit your potential new employer. If you want more helpful tips for the application process, or various business training, including Six Sigma training, check out Six Sigma Online at http://www.sixsigmaonline.org.

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