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By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN It's something job seekers often wonder: Do you really need to submit a cover letter with your résumé? Tim Bower Some hiring managers confess to ignoring these introductory notes, while others say they read them attentively.
Like job seekers, bloggers often reach out and network with each other. Just this week, The Pongo Blog received an inquiry from a potential guest blogger. Her message started with a nice compliment ("Your blog is so helpful!") and referred to one of our recent posts. So far, so good. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that this particular piece of flattery was less-than-sincere, as the next line said: "I would love to have one of our bloggers write a guest post for [sitename]."
If you are regular reader, you may notice that another recent post showed someone similarly posed. That post was about signaling strength during job interviews . So it pictured a young boy flexing his muscles. Today’s photo shows someone who has just accomplished something great. In her case, the completion of her 365 day self portrait project that she shared on flickr. I used this picture because writing a great accomplishment statement is just the beginning of the conversation about you.
I read a post on Men with Pens that talked about how to keep the proper focus with copywriting, and there was so much in it that clicked with me in regard to résumé and cover letter writing. Here’s an excerpt: “…readers simply want information. They don’t care about the artistry.
Have you heard of a hook? Individuals who write professionally (e.g., writers for press releases and sales letters) will be the first to tell you your material needs a hook. The complicated part of the process is no one can tell you what the hook should be because it’s different for each job seeker. A hook is something that draws readers in from the start, and entices them to continue reading.
Home > Cover Letters > Using a Digital Signature to Spruce Up Your Cover Letters Most job applications are submitted through the Internet today, either through an online application system or by e-mailing cover letters and resumes as attachments. Sending electronic cover letters is very convenient, but it precludes the applicant’s ability to sign the letter.
Really, I would rather say that you don’t have to write a cover letter. Why? Because, as a recruiter, I almost never read cover letters and I don’t want to waste your time writing them. I care about your resume.
“What is the second biggest cover letter faux pas of them all?” you ask. That’s an easy question to answer. It is including important information about yourself in your cover letter that is not included in your resume.