Cover Letters

Closing the Deal With Your Cover Letter

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In the first and second portions of your cover letter, you make case for why you’re the perfect person to tackle the job. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to seal the deal by asking for an interview. That’s what your final paragraph is all about, and it should be straightforward and easy to write. The Fourth Paragraph Your finale is a brief call to action that should include the following elements: A request for the next step, which is… continue…

Making a Strong Pitch in Your Cover Letter

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After telling reviewers that you’re the ideal candidate for the job in the opening paragraph of your cover letter, you have to prove it. That’s what the second and third paragraphs are about. The Second Paragraph After a brief segue that describes what’s to come, highlight three or four relevant  and specific examples of your technical skills, competencies and/or achievements that back up your claims. Select examples that demonstrate your understanding of each company’s individual needs and why you’re the best… continue…

Create a Strong Start for Your Cover Letter

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A cover letter is more than a one-page electronic document to accompany your resume. It’s your chance to jump into the spotlight and steal the show. Like an overture, your opening paragraph sets the mood for the audience and provides a preview of what’s to come. The Opening Paragraph A generic or flimsy opening statement won’t cut it. Capture the reviewer’s attention right off the bat by briefly mentioning the company or manager’s needs. The hook could be something you… continue…

10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter

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Cover letters give you a golden opportunity to get across your passion, communication skills and technical smarts, all of which should make the reviewer want to take the next step and look at your resume. Unfortunately, most of them blow it by making one of these mistakes. No. 1: Obvious Cut and Paste Sending a blatantly generic cover letter that just regurgitates the information in your resume won’t cut it. The only message reviewers will receive is that you didn’t… continue…

Tricks to Finding Out the Hiring Manager’s Name

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Cat Miller
The best way to get the hiring manager’s attention is to… go around HR and talk to the hiring manager. And not only is it possible to find their name, it’s also not all that tricky.  Here are some ways to suss them out. Related Links Tricks to Finding the Hiring Manager’s Name 6 Steps to Better Cover Letters 6 Great Videos on Resumes and Cover Letters

How To Make Online Cover Letters Work

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When you’re responding to an online job posting, cover letters are every bit as important as they were back when applications were sent in on old-fashioned paper. But many times, electronic systems provide either too little space for your self-introduction, or don’t allow you to attach one. Still, there are ways around such roadblocks, whether you apply via email or fill out an online application form. Email Workarounds When you apply via email but are limited to a single attachment,… continue…

Use Timing to To Get in the Employer’s Door

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“Timing is everything” is one of those, well, timeless sayings that applies to your job search. To help make yours impeccable, here’s answers to some of the most frequently questions about it we’ve heard. Does it matter when I apply? Unless a job posting lists a specific closing date, you should apply within 24 to 48 hours after the opening is announced. Once they identify a suitable candidate, recruiters and managers may stop reviewing resumes, so the earlier they see… continue…

6 Steps To Better Cover Letters

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Cat Miller
Yes, you do need to write a cover letter and you have to do it the right way. Today, we cover their who, what, when, where, why and how. Bear these in mind, and the whole thing gets easier. For more on cover letters, click here.

Cover Letters Don’t Matter? Oh, Yes They Do

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Cat Miller
Yes, cover letters are still important, no matter what some people say. Here’s why and how they make all the difference to your job search.

Fareed Zakaria and Your Resume – A Common Thread?

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All this hullabaloo over columnist Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism has a lesson to it: Any tech professional who’s looking over a colleague’s shoulder to craft their cover letter or resume should seriously reconsider. Lifting a paragraph here, or several sentences there may seem harmless, but can come back to bite you in the butt. Why? Think about it. You’re in the industry. You know how easy it is to do things thanks to technology. Taking your colleague’s word-for-word description of an apps… continue…