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Is Cover Letter Important For Job Hunting?

by oldcat, published: 2010-07-13 22:36 viewed: 284 times
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Everyone who sends out a resume needs a cover letter. Writing cover letters could be time consuming, but the cover letter gives you another chance to emphasize what you have to contribute to the company. There are some cover letter writing tips/skills as follows.

1. Make sure there is no spelling errors in your cover letter
This sounds trivial, but, it is the most important. Use a spell checker if you can.

2. Address the cover letter to the person who can hire you
Resumes sent to the personnel department have a tougher time of it. If you can find out (through networking and researching) exactly who is making the hiring decision, address the cover letter to that person. Be sure the name is spelled correctly and the title is correct. A touch of formality is good too: address the person as "Mr.," "Ms.," "Mrs.," "Miss," "Dr.," or "Professor." (Yes, life is complicated.)

3. Write the cover letter in your own words
Don't just give standard cover letter. Employers are looking for knowledge, enthusiasm, focus.

4. Show you have knowledge about the company/industry
Do a bit research about the company. You don't want to appear that you picked the company out of a phone book. You know who they are, what they do and that's why you have chosen them!

5. Use relevant keywords catchy to the employer
If you have the job ad, Use the requirements and keywords mentioned in the job ad when you write your cover letter. Sometimes, you may want to put them in BOLD font.
Comments (1)
1. JC 2010-07-13 22:36
Recently I was involved in a hiring process. Mainly I review the resumes we received.

I found out that I tend to look at the candidate's cover letters more closely. The reason is because most resumes are kind of the same these days, they all seem to be a bit bloated and well qualified.

Then, what separates out the truly enthusiastic job applicants from the rest of the crowd is the existence of a cover letter. Also, how the cover letter is written.

So, in this regard, I'd give the cover letter a critical point in the overall job hunting process.
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