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Reality Check
What Gets You to Your New Job?

Dress to Impress
Dressing for Interview Success

Are You Ready . . .
For Your Job Winning Job Search?

Preparation for the Interview
Toughest Interview Questions

Resume Presentation
Tips to Look Good and Stand Out

Reinventing Your Workself
When Circumstances Change

Pep Yourself Up for the Interview
Getting Psyched for the Big Opportunity

Make the Most of the Interview
Interview Questions for You to Ask

Your Job Search Is Your New Job
Spending 8 Hours a Day on Your Job Search

Frequent Resume Missteps
What Does Your Resume Say About You?

Employment Testing & Assessments
How Do They Enhance the Interview Process?

Casual Interview Discussions & Informal Questions
Stay Conscious and Interview Focused

Handling Job Search Rejection
Another Networking Opportunity

Stay Positive During Your Job Search
“Best Practice” Tips for Remaining Optimistic

Salary Negotiations
Be Prepared, Positive and Open

Reference Checks
Detailed Assessments Are Now the Norm

Writing Thank You's
Make a Noteworthy Impression

Cover Letters
Make a Good First Impression

Working with Recruiters
What Recruiters Want You to Know

Common Resume Mistakes
Is Your Resume Promoting Your Talents?

Know the Company
Do Your Homework

Cover Letters

Make a Good First Impression

Your cover letter is the first thing employers see when they look at your job search materials. A cover letter is your introduction, your sales pitch. What is your cover letter revealing about you?

For every recruiter or hiring professional who does not read cover letters, there are many others that are interested in reading every word. True, many do not take the time to read both the letter and resume, skipping right to the resume. Others are tired of boring letters saying the same old thing — they simply do not bother to read them.

To make an excellent first impression, let’s review advice from leaders in the recruiting industry.

What a Cover Letter Reveals About You

Many prospective employers view cover letters as a way to get to know you. Your cover letter gives away features about you, like:

The Anatomy of a Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be one page and typed in the same font or a complimentary font to your resume. If you do know the name of the hiring manager or recruiter, address the letter directly to that individual. If you do not know the name, it is best to address the letter to the hiring professional (e.g., Dear Hiring Professional).

Let’s take a look at the body of the cover letter. There are four areas to explore:

  1. The Opening Statement - a sentence or two of interest in the position. Use a strong opening. Express your interest and where you fo und out about the opening.
  2. I am very interested in applying for the position of Plant Operations Director, advertised in the Daily Newspaper. The position description matches my background in manufacturing.

  3. A Sales Pitch - a description of your background and accomplishments. Time to shine. This is where you explain in 2-3 sentences your background and achievements. Some candidates write a sentence or two and then bullet point their accomplishments. Provide the reader a list of qualifications making sure you point out your talents.
  4. My background is a 7 year progressive career in operations including direct supervision and broad knowledge of fabrication, manufacturing and electro-mechanical assembly operations. I have a flair for hiring talent that understands exact manufacturing principles and an aptitude for providing excellent customer service. My team was recognized year over year for client satisfaction.

  5. Your Interest - a sentence or two about the hiring company. Do your research on the company. Let them know that you have taken time to get to know them.
  6. Reading in the business section last weekend, your company was featured in the top 50 employers to work for in Los Angeles. I would welcome being a part of that success.

  7. The Close - a request for an interview. Put your future in your own hands and promise to follow up with the company. This is a new and fresh approach to the job search.
  8. If you are seeking a sincere professional, with extensive experience in plant leadership, team and project management, then I am that person. I have attached my resume for your review and will follow up with you in a few days to answer any preliminary questions. In the meantime, you can reach me by calling (555) 555-5555. I appreciate your consideration of my qualifications, and look forward to interviewing with you soon.

Avoid the Top Cover Letter Mistakes

There are always some pitfalls to avoid when writing your cover letter. Besides the list that follows make sure that you have others you trust read your letter for accuracy and appeal. Would they hire you?

Go Professional

We encourage you to write your own cover letter. There are, however, for a fee companies that will customize and draft cover letters for you. If this is your route and you find a professional who is willing to write your cover letter, ensure that they write a few versions.

And finally . . .

Once you have put your letter together, go back and smooth out any rough edges of your writing. Check for typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. You only get one chance to make a first impression. By following some of these simple suggestions you are off to a great start.


We wish you great success in your job search!

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