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Construct A Cover Letter That Gets You Noticed

Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 12:10 AM

Are you not getting the interview calls that you really want?

You may find it hard to understand that while you are getting sufficient calls for interviews for jobs you don't care much about, you are unable to get even a few interview calls for the type of job you really want. Although this is undesirable, the good news is that you can easily reverse the trend.

Failure to get the interview calls you really want is often result of a poorly constructed or missing cover letter. A cover letter, as recruiting experts vouch, is an all-important document whose main role is to convince the reader to browse through your resume.

A cover letter, recruiting experts argue, plays the most important role in getting you a job. That is why you must ensure that you create a cover letter that attracts the attention of the reader. Here are a few essential tips to help you do just that.

Keep it short and simple

Recruiting experts state that many interviewees repeatedly make the mistake of writing a lengthy cover letter. There is no greater put off for a recruiting manager than looking at a cover letter that tries to say too many things.

When it comes to a cover letter, the golden rule is to keep it short and simple. Remember, the cover letter is used for introducing yourself, and not telling the interviewer how skilled, qualified, or experienced you are--for this, you have the resume.

Add just a little finesse

Your cover letter should be able to:

a. Aptly introduce you

b. Grab the attention of the recruiting manager and convince him/her to read your resume

Both these tasks are equally important. By adding a little finesse to you cover letter, you can build up curiosity about yourself, which, in turn, will entice the recruiter to read more about you. How you do this is absolutely vital, as this governs whether your resume is thrown into the garbage can or attracts the recruiter's attention. You can cleverly build excitement about yourself by adding an attention-grabbing statement in your cover letter such as "I successfully trained a team of 75 customer care executives", or "My tenure as regional sales manager lead to a 25% increase in overall profits". You can find cover letter examples online usefull if you are drawing a blank.

Follow these dos and don'ts

Lastly, follow these dos and don'ts while constructing a cover letter-

a. Mention the job number or code in your cover letter if applicable

b. Do not address your cover letter as 'To Whomsoever It May Concern' or' Dear Madam or Sir'

c. Do not use long sentences in your cover letter. Long sentences may win you points in an essay competition, but are highly undesirable in a cover letter. Instead, be succinct in your cover letter.

d. Use a cleverly constructed statement to grab the recruiter's attention

e. Do not use unusual or 'informal' fonts in your cover letter

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I make it a point to comment on blogs that are very informative and useful. I really appreciate all of your insight concerning job searches.

Thank you

-- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 9:36 AM

Great ideas and info

Thanks !

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 7:14 PM

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