Cover Letters

Address Gaps in Your Job History Head On

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Explaining Resume Details
Tip of the Day Modest gaps in employment usually aren’t deal-breakers. The trick is to address them honestly. Your goal should be to minimize the effects of your time away from work, not to hide that time or misrepresent its duration. Trying to hide an employment gap is a surefire way to come across as having, well, something to hide. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Your resume’s cover letter is the… continue…

Take Care With Your Cover Letter’s Opening Sentence

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Tip of the Day The first paragraph of your cover letter is worth spending time on. Because it sets the mood and provides a preview of what’s to come, a generic or flimsy opening just won’t cut it. Right off the bat, capture the reviewer’s attention by briefly mentioning the employer’s needs. The hook could come from something you read in the job description or heard on the news. If someone referred you, mention their name. The idea is to… continue…

Always Include Cover Letters When Responding Online

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Tip of the Day If you’re using a job board like, say, Dice, always include a cover note or introductory paragraph when using your saved information. If the “apply now” button takes you to the company’s website or an application form without a designated space to introduce yourself, merge a short cover letter into the top of your resume before pasting it into the resume builder. If a strict format’s being imposed, customize your profile and summary toward the company… continue…

10 Simple Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Grammar Mistakes
Cover letters are often your first mode of contact with an employer, so obviously you want them to be perfect. And, as in everything else, you get to perfect by sweating the details. Sometimes it’s a simple thing that can throw a cover letter off-track. With that in mind, we present this list of mistakes that can sink your chances before you even get started. Generic Salutation: Don’t even bother sending a cover letter if it starts with “To Whom… continue…

Make Your Cover Letter and Resume a Real Package

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Tip of the Day Consistency between your resume and cover letter demonstrates your attention to detail and thoroughness. Plus, giving reviewers a coordinated package helps you convey the sense of a uniform message. That’s subtle, but it can have an impact. From the font to layout to headers, you want to present complementary documents that were obviously thoughtfully crafted by the same author. It doesn’t matter whether you attach them as Word documents or PDFs, or paste plain-text versions into… continue…

Resumes and Cover Letters are a Package Deal

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  Tip of the Day Cover letters and resumes work best as a package, with the cover letter acting as an introduction to the skills and experience described in your resume. Every hiring manager is different, but for what it’s worth let me share how I use the two in combination: I scan the cover letter quickly, then go on to the resume and give that a quick read. Then I go back to the cover letter and read it… continue…

Play It Straight With Your Cover Letter

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  Tip of the Day Obviously, you want your cover letter to get the employer’s attention. But not all attention is good. For instance, you don’t want your letter to be passed around as an office joke. That’s the kind of attention you can live without. So, when writing your letter, play it straight. Don’t try to stand out with tacky headlines that shout but don’t say anything: Stop Looking!!! DBA Available Immediately! Instead, use a crisp opening line like… continue…

Create a Strong Open to Your Cover Letter

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  Tip of the Day We’ve talked before about how cover letters need to be concise and focused. Every paragraph needs to count. Your first paragraph is your introduction. It’s where you create a strong impression by introducing yourself, your qualifications and your interest in the position. Include your years of experience and last relevant job title, and be sure to mention the job and company you’re applying to by name. Also, bear in mind that numbers stand out, so… continue…

Keep Your Cover Letter Focused

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Tip of the Day Your cover letter provides an opportunity for you to pitch your experience and skills, but you have to get your message across quickly. If your letter’s too long, reviewers can be put off before they even start reading. So focus on its mission: to get reviewers to read your resume. Be sure to tailor your letter to the company and job you’re applying for–reviewers will easily spot something that’s generic. Provide a strong thesis statement that… continue…

Here’s What All Cover Letters Should Include

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Tip of the Day When sending a cover letter, use the job title and/or reference number as the subject line of your e-mail. In the first sentence, mention the position you’re applying for. Then explain why you want the job and what you can offer the company. In other words, make clear why you’re the best person to fill this particular vacancy. If someone at the company has referred you for the position, or if you’ve previously met the person… continue…