background preloader

Cover Letter

Facebook Twitter

The Mind Trick That Will Change the Way You Write Cover Letters Forever. Finally.

The Mind Trick That Will Change the Way You Write Cover Letters Forever

You found it. The dreamiest dream job that ever waltzed into existence. And you're ready to apply. You sit down to craft your cover letter, and the primary thought in your mind is: I hope they choose me. I really want this job. Anxiety floods your body, triggering a rush of paralyzing thoughts and questions: Am I good enough? What pours out of your fingertips goes something like this: Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to inform you of my interest in applying for the position of social media director at Save the Dolphins. You stop mid-sentence, realizing that your cover letter sounds totally depressing and awkward. The good news? Pretend. Pretend that the person you're writing to already loves and respects you. This person already gets what makes you great. You could even pretend that you just received an email from your soon-to-be boss, saying: Hey, since you're practically already part of the family, we'd all love to learn a little more about you! We're so curious!

The Mind Trick That Will Change the Way You Write Cover Letters Forever. What Do Employers Want To See In Your Cover Letter? Don’t Forget the Basics of Cover Letter Writing What do employers want to see in your cover letter?

What Do Employers Want To See In Your Cover Letter?

That seems to be the question a lot of job seekers ask. Why Employers Don’t Care About Your Cover Letter (and How to Change That) Most of the job seekers I know get hung up on writing their cover letter.

Why Employers Don’t Care About Your Cover Letter (and How to Change That)

How do I tell the hiring manager everything he needs to know about me in one page? They ask. And I answer: You don’t. Here’s the thing: In your cover letter, employers don’t only want to hear about you. They want to hear about themselves, too. On the other hand, if you can show a company right away how (and why) you’d add value to their team—that’s compelling. Karen Burns, Working Girl » Blog Archive » How NOT To Start Your Cover Letter. Working Girl’s tip is to try to always start your cover letters with the word “you” (or “your”)–i.e., your first sentence should focus on the potential employer rather than on yourself.

Karen Burns, Working Girl » Blog Archive » How NOT To Start Your Cover Letter

But for a different take, check out these ideas from Jessica Holbrook of Great Resumes Fast. On a weekly basis any hiring manager probably receives between 50 to, well, probably hundreds of resumes and cover letters. The key is to catch their attention from the start and the best place to do that is in your cover letter. What Employers Want to See in Your Cover Letter. By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling CoachesSM Many job seekers spend hours working on a resume, and only minutes revising their standard "To Whom It May Concern" cover letter.

What Employers Want to See in Your Cover Letter

Underestimating the importance of your cover letter can result in immediate rejection, with the employer never even glancing at your carefully crafted resume. Follow these four suggestions, however, and you will greatly increase the odds that your resume will not only make it into the employer's hands, but also get you the interview. Four Tips for Writing Cover Letters that Get Results 1. 2. 3. 4. Do your homework; research the company's challenges, strengths, competition, goals and financial status. 10 Things Employers Want Students to Know About Cover Letters.

20 employers tell us what they want to see in cover letters from studentsTalentEgg Career Incubator. I recently went to the Partnerships for Employment job fair at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ont., to ask 20 recruiters and HR professionals if they read cover letters and, if so, what they are looking for.

20 employers tell us what they want to see in cover letters from studentsTalentEgg Career Incubator

Of the 20 employers I spoke with: 12 said they read the cover letter of each applicantof those 12, six read the cover letter before the resumé and four read the cover letter after the resuméfour employers claimed they quickly scanned the resuméfour employers admitted to not reading the cover letter at all Only one employer out of the 20 I surveyed said they preferred to receive no cover letter. Whether it gets read, skimmed or ignored, it seems like the cover letter is still an essential part of a job application that shows you have made the time and effort to apply for the position.

What an employer wants from your covering letter. Too often the covering letter is a job seeker's Achilles' Heel.

What an employer wants from your covering letter

That's because the candidate has often lavished hours on crafting their CV to make it as perfect as they can, only to produce the covering letter as an afterthought. The thinking behind this is that the CV will do all the hard work for you and the covering letter will just play a supporting role. Wrong. Let's begin with probably the most common error I see time and time again. What does a good cover letter look like? Note: Do not steal this letter.

What does a good cover letter look like?

Several hiring managers have emailed me when they spotted candidates using parts of it as their own — and yes, those candidates were rejected. This letter is here for inspiration, not copying. The Evil HR Lady, who I secretly worship, has shamed me into posting an example of a good cover letter. But first, let’s take a look at what I consider an example of how not to do a cover letter. There’s nothing particularly wrong with this letter — other than being an utterly wasted opportunity, and I’ll explain why: Dear Human Resources: Enclosed please find my resume for the position of staff writer. I currently work as a copy editor for Acme Company, where I am responsible for editing brochures, fact sheets, and Web content. I am seeking a position that that will utilize my writing skills with opportunity for growth. How to Write a Cover Letter That Employers Will Actually Read.