The Cover Letter The purpose of the cover letter by ammaalder

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									The Cover Letter

The purpose of the cover letter is to complement your resume to the
position for which you are applying. It will enable you to add more
information about yourself and speak about any additional qualifications or
skill sets you may possess that may not be built in to your resume.

Put yourself in the shoes of the person who will be reading your cover
letter. Chances are that your cover letter is one out of many to be received
for the position advertised. In fact, there could be 100 or more cover letters
and resumes to be screened.

A cover letter should almost always be used when applying for a job. The
only exception is if you are planning on hand-delivering your resume to the
hiring manager and even then a cover letter would serve its purpose. If
you are being requested to send your resume via e:mail as an attachment,
you should still send a cover letter as well. Again, the purpose of doing so
is to match your interest in the position advertised. This will help sell you to
the potential employer.

Below is a list of errors to avoid when sending a resume to a potential

1) Poor written material. Remember first impressions are lasting and if
   you want your cover letter to make it to the second “cut,” pay attention
   to punctuation, grammar, margins and font. Make sure that your
   sentences are clear and precise and that you are saying what you
   intend on saying. Having literally reviewed thousands of cover letters
   over the years, if I see sloppy cover letters, I will not even bother
   looking at the resume.
2) Listing unrelated skills and qualifications is probably one of the most
   common mistakes individuals make. Think about it, the person reading
   your cover letter is really only interested in what skill sets you may
   possess that relate directly to the job for which you are applying. This
   mistake is very common today as individuals move between jobs and
   careers much more frequently than our parents did.
3) Individuals will also often forget to enter their contact information on
   the cover letter and will even at times make errors in their address or
   enter a telephone number in which they can hardly be reached at. Do
   you think the hiring manager is going to take the time to phone you two
   or three times? I think not.
4) Use a consistent format between both your cover letter and your
   resume. Preferably, use a business format when writing your cover
   letter. Use the same font and margins to ensure that your cover letter
   matches those used within your resume.

Once you have completed your cover letter ask a friend or parent to
review the letter for content and consistency. You’d be surprised how easy
it is to make a mistake and it could be the very thing that separates you
from getting the job.

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