Landing Your Next Job

Writing a Powerful Cover Letter Opens Doors.

An important part of your finances is your career.  Your income allows you to take on a diverse set of economic challenges, such as saving for retirement and establishing your quality of life. As the economy thaws from a frosty recovery, businesses have begun hiring.  If you’re looking for a job, or interested in new career challenges, you have to stand out among the crowd.  One great way to do so is crafting a stellar cover letter to go along with your résumé.

A cover letter describes your interest in a position; but, it offers much more.  A cover letter provides an additional opportunity to market your skills.  When drafting your cover letter, keep these tips in mind:

Connect your skills to those of the desired candidate.  For instance, when applying for a managerial position point out your experience in managing people and your accomplishments.

Put your personality into your correspondence.  Don’t go overboard (it’s not a weekend BBQ); but, use humor, intelligence, and compassion in your writing.  Be you – that’s who they’re buying.

Don’t write like you’re blogging.  In all seriousness, there is no way to turn off an employer more than poor grammar and spelling mistakes.  Have a friend or family member give your cover letter the once over before sending it along.

Drop names of people within your network.  If you met an employee of the company, mention it in your cover letter.  Hopefully they had great things to say about working there.  If so, let the hiring manager know.

These are just a few things to consider.  For more information on cover letters, Google Search – How to Write a Cover Letter. 

Until next time, I’m Thom Fox for Cambridge Credit Counseling.

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