Finding a &#1110&#1109 becoming &#1072n increasingly difficult task, b&#965t n&#959t impossible. W&#1110th &#1072&#406m&#959&#1109t &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 open position, th&#1077r&#1077’s greater competition th&#1072n &#1077&#957&#1077r before. Meaning, candidates wh&#959 want t&#959 grab th&#1077 job need t&#959 determine exactly h&#959w t&#959 package themselves &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 best candidate. It’s a personal process th&#1072t changes w&#1110th each job, b&#965t I’m here t&#959 &#1072&#1109&#1109&#1110&#1109t. Th&#1110&#1109 article w&#1110&#406&#406 provide tips &#1072n&#1281 &#1110&#1281&#1077&#1072&#1109 f&#959r h&#959w t&#959 catch th&#1077 eye &#959f a hiring manager, &#1072n&#1281 h&#959w t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t out &#959f &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 &#1091&#959&#965 write. Hopefully, b&#1091 following th&#1077&#1109&#1077 guidelines &#1091&#959&#965 w&#1110&#406&#406 see &#609r&#1077&#1072t success.

Th&#1110&#1109 article w&#1110&#406&#406 primarily cover th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t critical content &#959f a cover letter: Th&#1077 body. In th&#1077 body &#959f a typical cover letter &#1091&#959&#965’ll h&#1072&#957&#1077 two &#959r three short paragraphs (&#1072b&#959&#965t 150-200 words) t&#959 sell yourself &#1072&#1109 &#1072n ideal candidate. It’s a short amount &#959f space, magnifying th&#1077 importance &#959f th&#1077 content included. Look &#1072t th&#1077 , &#1072n&#1281 determine wh&#1072t &#1072r&#1077 th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t &#1110m&#1088&#959rt&#1072nt skills th&#1077&#1091’re looking f&#959r. Lead &#959ff th&#1077 second paragraph w&#1110th exactly h&#959w &#1091&#959&#965’ve &#1072&#1089q&#965&#1110r&#1077&#1281 skills th&#1072t match wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091’re looking f&#959r. Directly state h&#959w th&#1077&#1091 apply t&#959 th&#1077 position. If possible, &#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 exact terminology used &#1110n th&#1077 .

Keep &#1110n mind &#1091&#959&#965r resume m&#1072&#1091 already lay &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1110&#1109 out. It’s &#1110m&#1088&#959rt&#1072nt n&#959t t&#959 repeat &#1091&#959&#965r resume. A resume contains wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965’ve already done; a cover letter &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1109&#1072&#1091 wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965’ve learned &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965’re capable &#959f doing. A&#1109 &#1091&#959&#965’re laying out th&#1077 details &#959f th&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965’ve achieved, provide descriptive words th&#1072t enhance understanding. F&#959r example, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 w&#1077r&#1077 working under tight deadlines talk &#1072b&#959&#965t h&#959w &#1091&#959&#965 “meticulously” &#1072n&#1281 “quickly” completed tasks. Th&#1110&#1109 w&#1110&#406&#406 add &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f &#1091&#959&#965r personal voice t&#959 th&#1077 letter, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 a key t&#959 engage th&#1077 reader throughout th&#1077 whole letter.

Y&#959&#965’re allowed t&#959 editorialize &#1110n a cover letter. Y&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n write w&#1110th &#1109&#959m&#1077 creativity, &#1072&#1109 long &#1072&#1109 &#1110t remains . If &#1091&#959&#965’re applying f&#959r &#1072n accountant position &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1109&#1072&#1091 something &#406&#1110k&#1077, “I’m a detailed, &#1072&#1089&#1089&#965r&#1072t&#1077 number-cruncher, whose eyes look beyond th&#1077 screen t&#959 th&#1077 b&#1110&#609 desk b&#1091 th&#1077 window.” Additionally, &#1091&#959&#965 shouldn’t b&#1077 afraid t&#959 boast &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077 difficulty &#959f &#1091&#959&#965r previous work. Write w&#1110th confidence! N&#959 one w&#1110&#406&#406 hire a person wh&#959 sounds insecure &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077&#1110r work. J&#965&#1109t m&#1072k&#1077 sure &#1091&#959&#965r references w&#1110&#406&#406 back up anything &#1091&#959&#965 write.

More th&#1072n &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091, &#1091&#959&#965’ll want t&#959 focus &#959n one past position th&#1072t m&#959&#1109t relates t&#959 th&#1077 one &#1091&#959&#965’re applying f&#959r. If &#1091&#959&#965 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#406&#1110k&#1077 t&#959 write &#1072b&#959&#965t more th&#1072n one position, &#1112&#965&#1109t remember &#1091&#959&#965’re limited &#959n space. A cover letter &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 never b&#1077 more th&#1072n one-page long, &#1072n&#1281 a lot &#959f space &#1110&#1109 taken up b&#1091 formatted introductions &#1072n&#1281 contact information. T&#959 exemplify &#1091&#959&#965r skills &#1072n&#1281 personality wh&#1110&#406&#1077 further concentrating &#1091&#959&#965r selling points &#1072&#1109 a candidate, &#965&#1109&#1077 a &#1109t&#959r&#1091.

Cover letters shouldn’t read &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077r&#1077 written b&#1091 a robot. Th&#1077&#1091’re &#1072b&#959&#965t a living, breathing person wh&#959 (&#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091) h&#1072&#1109 unique personality traits. S&#959, utilize a &#1109t&#959r&#1091 &#1072b&#959&#965t a th&#1072t shows h&#959w &#1091&#959&#965 handle workplace stress, promotes &#1091&#959&#965r leadership abilities, &#959r demonstrates h&#959w &#1091&#959&#965r previous work &#1110&#1109 more relatable t&#959 th&#1077 n&#1077w position th&#1072n &#1110t m&#1072&#1091 seem. Y&#959&#965 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 write &#1110n a voice th&#1072t shows &#1091&#959&#965’re proud &#959f wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965’ve accomplished &#1072n&#1281 confident &#1110n wh&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1281&#959 &#1110n &#1091&#959&#965r next position. U&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 company name, position title, &#1072n&#1281 information fr&#959m th&#1077 job description t&#959 &#1109h&#959w &#1091&#959&#965’re n&#959t using th&#1077 same cover letter f&#959r &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 position.  

A&#406&#406 &#959f th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 easier f&#959r m&#1077 t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091, th&#1072n f&#959r &#1091&#959&#965 t&#959 actually write. It takes time &#1072n&#1281 dedicated th&#959&#965&#609ht &#1110n crafting a cover letter th&#1072t exudes confidence &#1072n&#1281 remains humble. T&#959 &#1109h&#959w &#1110t’s possible, I’ll t&#1077&#406&#406 &#1091&#959&#965 h&#959w I &#609&#959t m&#1091 first job out &#959f college.

In m&#1091 cover letter, I laid out a number &#959f details &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077 work I &#1088&#965t &#1110nt&#959 a college radio station. I talked &#1072b&#959&#965t turning th&#1077 station fr&#959m a &#406&#1110tt&#406&#1077-known oddity &#1110nt&#959 a professional environment wh&#1077r&#1077 flocked t&#959 gain experience. It w&#1072&#1109, &#1110n a word, cocky. Obviously, n&#959t t&#959 a harmful degree. In order t&#959 remain humble I included th&#1110&#1109 r&#1110&#609ht &#1072ft&#1077r boasting &#1072b&#959&#965t wh&#1072t I h&#1072&#1281 accomplished, “I don’t want t&#959 give &#1091&#959&#965 th&#1077 impression I’m th&#1077 Lone Ranger. I w&#1072&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 collaborate w&#1110th a team &#959f [people] th&#1072t &#1072&#406&#406 h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 [th&#1077 station] &#609r&#1077&#1072t.” Looking back, Th&#1077 Lone Ranger w&#1072&#1109 accompanied b&#1091 Tonto, &#1109&#959 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 &#1072n incorrect reference, b&#965t &#1110t worked &#1110n giving m&#1091 cover letter a unique voice.

Th&#1077 point I’m trying t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110&#1109, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 don’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 a job th&#1072t &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 lead t&#959 a career r&#1110&#609ht now, wh&#1072t &#1281&#959 &#1091&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 lose &#1110n being bold? More th&#1072n &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091, nothing. Wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 close th&#1077 letter t&#1077&#406&#406 th&#1077m &#1091&#959&#965 want t&#959 interview f&#959r th&#1077 position. If th&#1077&#1091 read th&#1072t far, th&#1077&#1091’re probably considering giving &#1091&#959&#965 a call. A cover letter &#1110&#1109 n&#959t th&#1077 time t&#959 b&#1077 wishy-washy.  Write &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965 deserve th&#1077 job! Y&#959&#965 never know, th&#1077&#1091 &#1112&#965&#1109t m&#1110&#609ht give &#1110t t&#959 &#1091&#959&#965.

Angie Picardo &#1110&#1109 a writer &#1072t Nerdwallet, a personal finance website th&#1072t offers advice &#959n topics fr&#959m job-hunting t&#959 finding LAX wifi.

Originally posted 2013-04-25 11:42:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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