Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cover Letters That WIN In 2016


As we settle into the New Year, it is once again, time to set priorities. How about putting "Write a brand new cover letter" at the top of your list?

Decorate Your Cover Letter With Sincerity

What does it take to create cover letters that sparkle with warm words and practical information? Four simple (and sincere) ingredients that you can master with a little time and thought.

1.      A friendly greeting. 

Dear Ms. Manager:

I was excited to read your ad for a qualified person to fill the position of sales executive at the XYZ Corporation. I felt you were writing to me personally, since I've had seven years of product sales experience and have directed… which resulted in increased revenue for my previous employer…

2.      A specific point.

In fact, all of the tasks I performed as product sales manager of ABC Company have prepared me for what I consider the next level--sales executive. I am ready and eager to assume the full responsibilities of this position. I'm known for my ability to pull team members together, to lead and accomplish goals with them, and to intervene in a crisis with a level head.

     3.   A practical goal.

My objective for the next year is to encourage my peers and subordinates and to increase the company revenue through cost cutting and savings. Customer service and harmonious employee relations are also among my top goals day-to-day.

4.       A future plan.

May we meet to discuss this job? I'd welcome the opportunity to hear your expectations for the man or woman you hire and to provide you with examples of why I believe I'm the person to fill the position. Please call me at 111-123-4567 at your earliest convenience.

Raise Your Glass To A Great New Year And A Great New Job

Complete your cover letter and then take an honest look at it. Does it include the four elements listed above? Does it sound friendly yet professional? Does it reflect you at your best? If your answer to any of these questions is 'no' then go back and rework that section until it feels just right. Keep in mind the most important action to take is to be yourself.

Then raise your glass to the New Year--the year that will lead you to new employment and new opportunities--the result of a great cover letter that presents your unique self.

Happy New Year and happy job hunting!
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney - President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

7 Things You Should Never Say in Your Cover Letter


1.   "I’m a hard worker."

2.  Personal life stories.

3.  Salary expectations.

4.  Why you’re looking to leave your current employer.

5.  "I really need this job"

6.  "I don’t have any experience"

7.  "I’ll accept any job with your company."

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Friday, April 24, 2015

"Tighten Up" Your Resume Cover Letter


Of the many thousands of job search cover letters that cross the desks of hiring managers each month, hundreds are sent directly to the gallows! They're tossed, forgotten, and shredded. What a sad state of affairs and such a waste of paper, print, and personality. Many receive barely a glance, let alone a full reading. Why?

The writing is pompous, pitiful, and pathetic! The job searchers who create such cover letters try hard to impress a potential employer but instead do just the opposite.

But you don't have to be among this crowd. You can take a moment to put these five steps into action before you write your next cover letter.

1.  Open your letter with a 'killer headline'—a phrase you carefully select to win the hiring manager's attention in a way that will compel him or her to finish reading. Example:

KEEP READING to find out why I'm the person most qualified to fill the position of [insert job opening title here].
           
2.  Create short sentences using simple words. Stay away from long-winded writing that causes the reader to gasp for a breath or run to the dictionary to understand what you're trying to say. Shorter is the order of the day. Examples:

                        I worked for XYZ Company for six years as Chief Operating Officer, exceeding all financial goals.

3. Keep your letter on one page. Be clear and focused on a single topic—why you're the one for the job and what makes you qualified. You can cover details and dates in your resume instead of adding pages to your cover letter.

4. Be sure to say 'thanks.' Whether or not you receive a job offer, be sure to express your appreciation for being considered. Courtesy counts!
Examples:

I am grateful for your taking time to read my letter.

5.   Include a P.S. after your signature line. This is an excellent way to remind the hiring manager of what you'll do next. Example:

P.S. On April 9 I'll give you a call to talk more about this outstanding position. I look forward to meeting and speak with you in person about (insert job title here). If you have any questions, please phone me at 555-555-5555. Thank you ahead of time.

Put together a cover letter with these five ingredients and you'll be among the few job seekers that know how to reach and relate to a hiring manager in a positive and encouraging way. What more could you want? And what more could a hiring manager want than a person like you who is willing and able and pleasant, yet professional?
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Instant Cover Letters"In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Out With The Old, In With A New… Cover Letter!


Say good-bye to the old and hello to the new! There's something special about a bright new beginning, an opportunity to start fresh. And there's no time like the present––January 2015––to create a cover letter that will lead you to the job you've only thought about.

You're not the only one eager to start over. Employers want to pair qualified job seekers with quality jobs. Help them look good and help yourself at the same time by creating a job search cover letter that will place you front and center. How can you do that? By following the proven strategy outlined below.

Use The Four P's Recipe…

Ring in the New Year with a cover letter that is professional, positive, precise, and personal. Write as if you're speaking to a friend.

PROFESSIONAL: Thank you for posting your need for a manager for your sporting goods store.

POSITIVE: I've played sports all my life and have a passion for helping others succeed in their sport of choice.

PRECISE: Based on my experience as the assistant manager of Sam's Sports in my former location, Big City, USA, I know the value of high-quality equipment, good employee relations, and excellent customer service.

PERSONAL: I hope you will consider me for the position of manager. I will pay close attention to your company standards and promise to meet them to the best of my ability.

Notice the difference between the style of the previous writing and the one below:

"Given your listing posted on FindYourPerfectJob.com I am responding herein with the sincere hope that you will provide me with ample consideration regarding the possibility of granting me an interview with the high expectation of being hired for said stated employment . . ."

Kick this clutter to the curb and write a cover letter in simple conversational language that reflects your personality. Think of the employer as a good friend who wants to hire you because of your honesty and humility. You're not banging down his door but rather knocking respectfully.

Raise Your Glass!

Before sending your cover letter, read it aloud so you can catch errors or a formal tone.
Cut the long and windy sentences. Chop the pompous phrases. Clip the weedy words. Revise it again until you hear your own voice on the page. Add a dash of personality. Then toast the New Year—the year that will change your life and your employment because of a great cover letter that will have any hiring manager sit up and toast with you.
Happy New Year and happy job hunting!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS! Cover Letter "Secret" Lands More Job Interviews


Pam combed the pages of the newspaper and she spent hours on the Internet checking out potential jobs. She also read articles about how to write a stellar cover letter that would rise to the top of the slush pile on a hiring manager's desk.
But what difference did all this make? "Not much," claims Pam, a 28-year-old college grad who wanted to work in the accounting industry as a credit manager. "I knew I had to do something drastic," she said, "something no one else does. I looked for a way to stand out in a crowd."
If only she could create a job search cover letter that was unlike any other—totally different from the typical templates she found in books and online. A letter that would inspire a hiring manager to pay attention to her letter in a way that stopped him and made him want to meet her in person for an interview.
Then one morning as Pam scanned the daily newspaper while sipping her coffee a headline caught her attention. TEEN STUDENT STARTS OWN BUSINESS AND MAKES A MINT. "I didn't have time to read the entire article right then," she said, "but I definitely wanted to find out more. The headline stayed with me all morning. I knew I'd return to it."
An A-Ha Moment
Later that day Pam finished reading the article and suddenly had an a-ha moment, realizing she could apply the headline principle to her cover letter. What if she created a headline at the top of her letter to grab a hiring manager's attention before he could put it down. It was worth a try. Here is what Pam came up with and how it can work for you too:
·        Create a smashing two-line headline. (Study newspaper headlines for examples of powerful words.)
·        Type the headline in boldface print.
·        Place the phrase just above the greeting (Dear Ms. Doe) in your cover letter.
·        Center it on the page.
Here is the winning cover letter that packed Pam's basic message into a few words and was easy to notice and read.
Looking for a CREDIT MANAGER?
Search no more. I'm ready. I'm set. Just waiting to GO!

How could any hiring manager turn his back on such a creative headline? None could! Pam's creativity alone stopped several hiring managers on the spot, compelling them to invite her in for an interview. One led to a job offer she couldn't turn down. It met all of her criteria.

Now it is time for you to create your own fabulous headline that will lead you to the job interview of your dreams and the words you long to hear, "You're hired."
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Add An "Expert" To Your Next Cover Letter


Sam took advice from everyone who offered it—his wife, his mom, his brother, his neighbor. They all had a 'good idea' and were sure theirs would be the one to win Sam the job he wanted—medical office administrator. But none seemed right for Sam.

Leadership and organization were his chief talents and he'd always had an interest in medicine and health. He knew he'd be good at this type of work. "But landing a job in the medical field," he said, "has not come as easily as I'd hoped." The competition was stiff in this tough economic climate. He needed to do something different—to attract an employer's attention.

While helping his daughter with a term paper one evening Sam stumbled across a famous quotations site on the Internet and was suddenly captured by all the great sayings listed from experts in their field. One in particular caught his attention.

"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity."
~ Hippocrates

He sat back and suddenly realized that what Hippocrates had said thousands of years before was true for him in the twenty-first century. He wanted to manage a medical office so he could support the physicians by adding a dimension of humanity.

Care and Connection––A Winning Combination

Patients are often scared when they came into a doctor's office. They need a kind face, a friendly word, and a person who will connect with them and quell their anxiety. Sam could do that and he could train the office staff to do the same thing. He'd also make sure the office was decorated with attractive colors and that fresh flowers were on the counter and tables in the waiting room.

Then he noticed this quotation:

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
~ Luther Burbank

That cinched it for Sam. In fact, maybe he'd frame famous quotations and hang them on the office walls. Sam decided to put Hippocrates and Luther Burbank to work for him! He'd include their quotes in his next cover letter. He didn't want to overdo this idea but if the words of one of the experts could touch the potential employer, maybe that would help him land the job he wanted.

You can do the same thing. Consider the job you want, search for quotations that put into words the desire of your heart for the work you intend to pursue and you too will have the experts to thank for helping you reach the hiring manager who says those magic words: "You're hired."

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Add A Little "Fire" To Your Cover Letter…


"Fire!" The word itself is a call to action. Fire gets our attention every time!
You can apply this truth to your job search cover letter. By adding a little fire to your writing, you call an employer to attention and in a sense, compel him or her to take action on your behalf.
A few pieces of kindling are all it takes to start a fire. Yet, many job seekers ignore this simple formula. Don't be one of them. Consider how to ignite your cover letter with the following fire-starters:
Your current contact information. Place your name, address, phone, and email details at the top of the page or left justified. Use Times New Roman font, size 12 print. This is the standard in the industry. Avoid fancy, hard-to-read fonts.
A descriptive headline. Place this description in the center of the line between the contact info and the cover letter greeting. Example: Twenty-year trained and weapon-licensed military police veteran eager to join the Cityville Police Department. Can start immediately.
A clear and accurate greeting. Address the hiring manager by name. If you don't have a name, call the company or check the website. If you cannot locate this detail, greet the person by his or her title: Dear Hiring Manager.
A well-focused description of your skills and experience. Show how they relate to the new job and how the skills are easily transferable. If you're currently the manager of a fast-food restaurant but are now applying for a job as assistant manager of a dinner house, show how customer service, a quality eating experience, and increasing revenue apply to both positions.
Example: "I'm excited to be considered for the job of assistant manager at Steak and Ale Dinner House, where I promise to serve your clients, increase company profits by providing the best possible care, and living up to your impressive mission statement - "to more than satisfy our customers with quality food and service."

I've worked in the restaurant industry for five years, and have been commended for increasing my current employer's profile and profits through an innovative customer care campaign, which I designed and delivered successfully.

May I come in for an interview to discuss how I can add my time and talent to your dinner house and learn from those already there?

A cover letter like this, written with passion and fire, will compel the hiring manager to move you to the head of the queue for an upcoming interview and even the job itself. 
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Put a Little "Heart" Into Your Next Cover Letter


People rush to buy their loved ones some tangible expression of their affection. A Valentine's Day card, flowers, or chocolate are popular gifts of the heart.

What does this have to do with job-search cover letters? Actually, a lot. You're not going to send a card or flowers to a hiring manager. But you can put a little 'heart' into your next cover letter––a bit of passion for the job you hope to win.

Show your emotional as well as your professional self so you will come across as a human being who cares about others, wants to be a team player, and is excited about helping company employees meet the goals of the organization.

Heartless!

All day long, hiring managers open cover letters—without heart. They glance, toss, and shred. There is nothing new or compelling to read. A pre-programmed robot could do as well or better.

Many job seekers forget who they are the moment they begin writing. They choose stiff language, create long-winded and convoluted sentences that require the reader to have a dictionary on hand. Stay clear of such a practice by putting a little heart into your cover letter. Here are a few tips for doing just that.

Heart to Heart

1. Greet the hiring manager by name. Avoid the sterile and impersonal 'to whom it may concern.' If you don't have a name, call the company and find out. Yes, this is an extra step but it's one that counts.

2. State your purpose for the cover letter. Let the employer know that you're aware of the opening (insert the job title or department) and you're excited about the opportunity to compete for it. State your qualifications and give an example of how your performance can benefit the workplace.

3. List your skills and abilities related to the job. Busy people retain what they read more easily if main points are presented with bullets.

• Pulled a team together to . . .
• Organized a training day to boost morale . . .
• Created a sales slogan, printed it on shirts, and boosted sales quota . . .

4. Refer the reader to your resume. That document will provide details about your previous employment, awards, and experiences that benefitted the company.

5. Ask for an interview. Be bold, but polite, and provide your contact information.

Conclude With a Sweet Touch A cover letter that is friendly, informative, and sincere will go a long way with any hiring manager. Decision-makers are looking for people with warmth, common sense, a sound work ethic, customer care, employee sensitivity, respect for management and the ability to do the job well.

Tell the truth and ask for what you want—but do so with heart! And be sure to give your cover letter a sweet touch at the end—a hearty 'thank you' for reading and considering you for the job.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Cover Letter That "Goes To Work" For You…


When you want to exchange contact information with someone you meet, you probably pull out a business card, sometimes referred to as a calling card. Well, a cover letter is a bit like that. It's the first document a hiring manager sees from you and it either makes a good impression or one that, like the letter itself—goes into the shredder.

Therefore, you'll want to write a job search cover letter that goes to work for you—one that includes the essential details needed to evaluate your qualifications for the job the employer wants to fill. Details such as your name, employment background and experience, job skills, and level of education, as well as your interest in competing for the position, are of utmost importance.

During tough economic times job interviews are difficult to land, and some of them more so than others depending on the industry that interests you. You just might have to work a little harder than usual to catch the manager's eye. Your letter must reflect who you are as a person, as well as a professional. Be sure to add examples and statements that communicate clearly that you're a person who is eager to work diligently, meet expectations, advance the company's mission, get along with colleagues, and promote harmony and good will wherever you are.

You Can Interest the Hiring Manager

Many job hunters approach writing a cover letter with dread. They can't relax, present themselves in an easy, friendly manner, or come across as a human being who would be an asset to the employer's company. They feel scared, timid, and anxious and their emotions come right through the cover letter. This is no way to garner the attention of someone who wants to hire the right person for the job. Instead it looks like a red flag signaling him or her to stop reading.

But if you take a different tack, getting down to business with details but also writing in a way that helps the hiring manager see you as a human being, then you have greater odds for landing an interview than almost anyone competing for the same position. Why? Because most people stick to the facts to the point that they lose themselves in the cover letter and come across as a robot!

But hiring managers aren't hiring robots. They are looking for people with human emotion, a high work ethic, a team spirit, and moral values––in addition to references to their previous experience and job skills.

You Can Write a Winning Cover Letter

Therefore, draft a cover letter that will get down to business but also show your personality, your character, your humility, and your communication and leadership abilities.

Example: "I'd count it an honor to join your firm. I've been in advertising for five years and have received many awards for my ingenuity, commit- ment to the mission of the company, and my creativity when it comes to creating and carrying out an ad campaign that will stimulate business and drive customers to the products they need and want. May I meet you for an in-person interview where we can discuss your expectations for the person you hire?"

You Can Land a Job Interview

Imagine a hiring manager reading a job search cover letter with this kind of quality and professionalism—one that gets down to business but also delivers a friendly and warm style. I believe the writer of such a letter would be called for an interview moments after the receiver reads it.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

A New Year and a Brand-Spankin' New Cover Letter!


10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . .! The hours tick away one by one till they run down and out and a brand new year dawns. What will you do with this bright New Year ahead? Simply count down till it too is over, or make it count for you and your career starting now?

This is the hour. This is the day to create a new cover letter that will lead to a new interview for a new job—the one you've wanted for so long. That may take some doing, some thinking and planning, and some wanting—wanting enough to make it happen.

Following are five key ingredients to insure a new and compelling cover letter—one you can write.

1. A smashing headline—a carefully written phrase that will grab the hiring manager's attention and make him or her want to read more. Place the headline right below the greeting in your cover letter. Example:

Why I believe I'm the most qualified person to fill the position of [Insert job opening title here].
Just say the words, "You're hired for [Insert job title here]" and you won't be disappointed.

2. Short sentences with simple words. Stay away from long-winded writing that drives the reader away, wondering what you really meant to say. Examples:

For ten years I led a sales team at ABC Corporation that exceeded all stated goals.
I will do the job right—right away.

3. One page--tops. Put it all on a single page—not one and a half or two. Just one! Get right to the point of why you're qualified. Leave the details for your resume.

4. Appreciation. Regardless of the outcome, say 'thank you' in writing for being considered. Everyone deserves gratitude. Examples:

Thank you for reading and considering my letter.
May we meet in person to discuss this job in detail?
I am grateful for the opportunity to contact you with this cover letter.
I'd welcome meeting in person to talk specifics.

5. A cheery P.S. below your signature line. Here is a polite and light-hearted way to remind the hiring manager of your next step. Examples:

P.S. I'll phone you on January 5 when you return to the office. I welcome a chance to meet and speak in person about (insert job title here). If you have any questions, please call me at 333-333-3333. Thank you in advance.

P.S. I'm eager to assume the position of (insert job title here). Are you free to meet to talk over the details? Please call me at 333-333-3333. Thank you again.

If you write a cover letter with these outstanding ingredients, you'll be among the very few job seekers that know how to reach a hiring manager in a personal and professional manner. He or she will be motivated to seriously consider you as a candidate for the job opening. What a great new year you could have—all because you took time to create a great new cover letter. Then it will be just a matter of counting down the hours till you're hired.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Merry Cover Letter!"


Let's face it! It's more fun to celebrate the holidays than to sit down and actually compose a job search cover letter. Most people prefer a party over planning their next career move.

On the other hand, if you're in the market for a new profession or to move up the ladder in the field you're in, writing a fresh cover letter is the thing to do. That will be something to celebrate!

Don't Give In or Give Up

It may be tempting to hold out till the fun times are over. However, by starting now you can actually get ahead of all the job seekers who are putting off till January what could be completed right now.

If you discipline yourself now, you'll be free early in the new year to accept the calls for interviews that are bound to come your way. Think of your cover letter as a holiday gift to yourself:

• Your cover letter will reach hiring managers.
• Your cover letter will put your name and skills in front of decision-makers.
• Your cover letter will poise you for a job interview.

Take Strategic Steps NOW!

Capture a hiring manager's attention with compelling language, a clear desire for the job, and the promise of excellence in the workplace.

Step 1. Match the hiring manager's requirements. Show how you can benefit the company if you're given the opportunity.

Example:

My neighbor and friend Mitch Lawrence, your company Sales Manager, alerted me to the opening at ABC Company for Vice President of Financial Affairs. I'm very interested in interviewing for this position as I have a Master's Degree in Finance and I'm a CPA . . .

Step 2. Ask for what you want.

Example:

May we meet in person to discuss the responsibilities of the job, your expectations for the person you hire, and how my experience and skills can benefit the company?

Step 3. State your goal.

Example:

I'll contact you by the end of the week to see if you're available to schedule an in-person appointment so we can talk further.

Step 4. Show your appreciation.

Example:

I'm grateful for the opportunity to introduce myself through this letter and thank you for reading it. I'm eager to show how your vision for the company and my abilities can come together.

Hiring managers need smart, sharp, and savvy professionals to fill the positions they have open. So help them do their job by displaying how you can assist them to achieve their goals at the same time you're achieving yours!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Avoid These "Big Bad" Words In Your Cover Letter


Be aware! The Big Bad Word virus can attack your cover letters when you least expect it, knocking out your message and destroying every sentence. And worst of all, if your letter reaches a hiring manager before you've caught the culprit, you could lose your opportunity for a job interview. So the best thing to do is be on guard ahead of time so this nasty virus never touches any of your cover letters.

What are the Signs?

As you write your cover letters, such words as pursuant, heretofore, credence, and others like them will suddenly pop onto the page. That will be your first clue. Delete them without hesitation and vow never again to give them access to your writing.

Keep in mind that hiring managers are regular people–just like you and me. Most don't have a big fat dictionary at their fingertips in order to wade through what should be a clear and concisely worded job search cover letter. They want to pick up one to two pages that communicate a simple message about why you are interested in the job they want to fill and why you are qualified to do so.

Everyday conversational language with a light touch and some specific details about what you can do for the company and why you're the one for the job will make the difference between being noticed and being overlooked. Remember your letter is a handshake, a how do you do, a greeting that introduces yourself and your skills and experience for the hiring manager to consider and act upon.

Try this:

I was very pleased to see your job post for a position as assistant sales manager at ABC Publishing Company. I've been in the publishing industry for seven years and wouldn't trade it for any other. I especially like presenting products to bookstore buyers, letting them know about the great books that will enhance the lives of their customers.

I'd welcome meeting you in person to share a list of ideas that I'd like to put in place so we can build up the sales force and exceed quarterly goals. I look forward to hearing from you, and setting a date for an interview.

Toss this:

Pursuant to said resume attached, I have compiled a list of my personal and professional characteristics, and carefully analyzed those necessary to extrapolate my purpose and penchant for the kind of work you articulated in your description of the job opening you are hoping to fill with a person of high quality, extreme integrity and willingness to meet expectations. That said, I ask your kind permission to schedule a private meeting with you so I might further explore . . .

At this point, if the employer even reads that far, he or she will likely shred the letter as well as any thought of calling you for an interview.

Before printing your letter read it out loud—to another person, if possible. The moment you or your friend or colleague hear a word or phrase that twists your tongue and turns your mind to mush, take it out. Rewrite until the words and sentences flow. If you feel yourself smile, you'll know you are conversing like a real human being. Mention your passion for the job and then ask for an interview.

Clear concise language is so rare in the business world today, that those who can master it will land the interview of their dreams–and the job that's behind it!
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Monday, September 09, 2013

Hot Cover Letter Tip: "Less is MORE!"


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You've probably heard the catchy phrase, "less is more." Less meat, more heart health. Less stress, more peace of mind. Less work, more play.

But you may not have heard that less is more in a job search cover letter. In fact, just the opposite might make sense. Wouldn't the job hunter want to tell the hiring manager as much as possible so there won't be any room for doubt that he or she is the right person for the job? It would seem that the more information the employer has the easier it would be to determine the best man or woman for the job.

Avoid Overkill!

At first glance that might seem like the way to go—but actually there is real wisdom in delivering the wheat and leaving out the chaff. In other words, why clutter a cover letter with information the employer does not need or want?

Generally there is an avalanche of mail on a hiring manager's desk each morning. Imagine how daunting it is to go through all the cover letters the first time and then perhaps a second or even third round in order to choose the most promising candidates for the jobs that need filling.

Some job hunters make the mistake of writing three- and four-page letters and also include family photos. Grandma or Aunt Martha might enjoy such hearty content but the busy hiring manager does not.

Rather, give just the right amount of detail in order to motivate him or her to invite you in for an interview where you can talk in person. At that point the employer might actually want to hear about your family and your pastimes. But you're not there yet.

Here are the items to include in your initial cover letter:

1. Your name and contact information.
Make it easy for the employer to get a hold of you by phone or email.

2. Your interest in the job you're competing for.
Show your passion for the work, your excitement about sales or management or whatever.

3. Your qualifications and experience.
Mention your talents and skills and provide an example of a way you resolved a conflict or averted a disaster or increased the bottom line.

4. Your knowledge of the company.
Mention the company mission and your desire to help carry it out.

5. Your availability for starting the job.
Can you begin immediately or within a certain number of weeks?

6. Your request for an in-person interview.
Be sure to ask to meet with the hiring manager so you can speak in more detail about his or her expectations and your willingness to match them.

Here are the items to leave out of your cover letter:

1. Your hobbies.
2. Your family details.
3. Your history.
4. Your vacation plans.
5. . . . and any other personal information that does not apply to the job.

If you land an interview you may then have an opportunity to talk informally so you and the employer can get to know one another, but keep in mind that it's not appropriate at the cover letter stage of the relationship.

At this first stage––less is more! You can count on that.
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Thursday, August 01, 2013

How To Create A "Showstopper" Cover Letter


Amazing Cover Letter Creator

There are movies and then there are movies. You know the kind––the blah, blah stories that are okay but you forget them as soon as you leave the theater or turn off the TV.

And then there are the films that you still remember ten years later—the real showstoppers that tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.

Job search cover letters fall into the same two categories—the blah, blah kind and the ones that linger in the mind of the hiring managers and make them move your letter to the top of the stack. Your words bring a smile and a pleasant feeling.

If that's the kind of cover letter you want to write when you hope to land a job interview, then follow these suggestions for a technique that few people learn or use:

1. Greet the hiring manager by name. Do whatever it takes to get the full name of the person you wish to contact. Check the website. Call the company. Ask a friend who works there. People love to hear or read their name. But few job searchers think about that. They take the lazy route—Dear Sir or Madam, or Dear Hiring Manager, or worst of all To whom in may concern—which says in effect: It doesn't really concern anyone.

2. Include a smashing headline to draw attention to what you want. Just above the letter greeting, place a few solid words that communicate what you hope to achieve. This is a showstopper for sure! It's a rare job seeker who includes this great technique. Example:
Experienced and enthusiastic customer care professional ready to assume immediately the position of Customer Service Manager.

3. List the company job requirements in a column on the left and your matching skills in a column on the right. Example: Job Requirement
Responsible management
Authentic communication
Matching Skills
Improved company revenue by 20%
Initiated weekly briefing meetings

4. Add a P.S. to your cover letter. This little used addition catches the reader's eye, brings a smile, and gives you a final opportunity to ask for an interview. If you can leave the hiring manager feeling valued and respected and even smiling, you are sure to be called for a personal meeting where you can go into greater detail about your qualifications and how you plan to make a difference in the company if hired to fill the job opening. Examples:

P.S. I have researched your company; I'm well-qualified and excellent at what I do, and I would really like to interview for this position. Please call me at 888-888-8888, I'll be happy to meet at your office on your timetable.

P.S. Are you interested in finding out more about what I can offer your company and how I will support your mission and help increase revenue? If so, please call me—anytime at 888-888-8888. I would love the opportunity to meet for an interview at your earliest convenience. Put these unique and powerful "showstoppers" into your cover letter and dramatically increase your job interview requests next week!
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Instant Cover Letters - "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to make a First Impression Twice—With a Follow Up Cover Letter!


Decide now to make a first impression twice by sending a follow up cover letter to each contact person or lead you've been in touch with before.

If you really want a quality job interview, write to the person you spoke with or met previously so that once again your name will come up in the mind of that individual.

A follow up cover letter resembles an all-occasion greeting card—the kind you send to friends or business colleagues to express thanks, send good wishes or congratulations—or get well soon. You can tailor it to your specific goal.

Here are some examples to consider:

Follow up after you send a job-search cover letter.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Greetings from Small Town. I hope all is well with you. I contacted you three weeks ago with an initial cover letter to let you know I'm available immediately, to fill the {job title} position I saw on your job post. Since I haven't heard from you I thought I'd write again to let you know I'm still very interested and would welcome an opportunity to speak with you in person about how I can match the job requirements with my experience and skills.

May I come in for an interview? Please call me at 888-888-8888 at your convenience and I'll respond right away.

Sincerely,

Follow up/thank you letter after an interview.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you very much for interviewing me for the position of {job title}. I really appreciated your thoughtful questions and the time and attention you gave me. As you know I'm very interested in this job and look forward to hearing from you about it. If you'd like to meet again for any reason, I'd be happy to come to your office at a time that works best for you. Meanwhile, thank you again. You can reach me at 888-888-8888.

Sincerely,

Follow up to ask for another opportunity.

Dear Mr. Smith:

I'm grateful for the time I spent with you on the phone. I realize you have not yet made your hiring decision so that prompts me to ask for another opportunity to speak with you—on the phone again or better yet, in person, so I can lay out what I have in mind for the position of {job title}. My primary goals are expanding the sales territory and increasing company revenue. I'd be happy to come to your office at a time that works for you and provide more details about these objectives. You can reach me at 888-888-8888.

Sincerely,
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Everyone appreciates being appreciated! So inspire others with your gratitude and your good manners, as well as smart business sense, by writing an appropriate follow up cover letter similar to the ones included here.

You never know what might come of it. How about the words, "You're hired. Welcome to our company." Someone is going to get that dream job. It might as well be you!
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Amazing Cover Letters

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Does Your Cover Letter "Stand and Deliver"?


A cover letter is like a calling card. It's the hiring manager's first impression of you—before you walk into his or her office. In fact, you're not likely to get your foot in the door unless you first introduce yourself through a cover letter that delivers the goods—your name, background, skills, education, and work experience, as well as your interest in competing for the available job.

Keep in mind that in today's job search market, interviews are hard to land, and jobs are scarce in many industries. But that doesn't have to count you out unless you let it. You'll be noticed if you create a professional, eye-POPPING cover letter that nabs the hiring manager's attention, showing clearly the person you are—someone eager to work hard, get the job done, communicate clearly with fellow employees, foster the company's mission, and promote its goals.

Making a Difference—in a Different Kind of Way…

Imagine the response of a hiring manager to someone who can communicate clearly in writing and in person what he or she can accomplish if hired. Such an individual is rare in today's world where many people are more concerned with being taken care of than of taking care.

If you can show that you're willing to align with the company values, come alongside fellow workers, deliver leadership when called upon to do so, and offer creative solutions to problems, you will be snapped up. Hiring managers are looking for people with a strong character and human emotion—individuals who express a team spirit, family values, and a high work ethic.

Therefore, draft a cover letter that will stand up and deliver—your talent, your job skills, and your personality traits, as well as your earnest desire to fulfill the requirements of the position you're competing for.

Example: "I'm eager to join your team and am dedicated to serving your clients, increasing company profits by providing the best possible service, and living up to your impressive mission statement—"to serve and satisfy our clients with honesty and integrity." I've worked in this industry for five years, have had successful relationships with customers and fellow CPA's, and have been acknowledged for increasing the company's profile and profits in a way that reflected well on everyone concerned. May I come in for an interview to discuss how I can add my time and talent to your firm and learn from those of you already in practice?

When a hiring manager reads a professional cover letter of this quality, he or she will take a second look for sure. In fact, such a "stand up and deliver" cover letter will greatly increase the odds of a phone call for the job interview.

It takes extra effort to land jobs in these tough times. Your cover letter can work for you and with you, delivering a compelling reason why YOU should go to the front of the queue for an upcoming interview. And when you do, be ready to stand up and deliver what you promised!
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney
Amazing Cover Letters

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

And the Winner Is… A Smashing Resume Cover Letter!


It's time to stop dreaming and start doing! And you can—with a terrific cover letter that will bring that dream job into reality with an offer that is exactly what you want and qualify for.

Even during hard times employers are advertising positions and hiring qualified people every single day. You can be one of them. If you are a trained individual, experienced, eager to work, and someone who can carry responsibility and leadership without buckling under pressure, then you are among those men and women that hiring managers are looking for and eager to hire. A wide range of jobs from entry level positions to executive management positions are available for the right men and women who are willing to step up and fill them.

How can you stand out in the storm of competition during this challenging economy? Write a unique and compelling cover letter that will grab an employer's attention and win you an interview that could lead to the job you want.

Winner Take All

A winning job search cover letter includes three simple steps that you can take right now. You don't have to read a book, take a class, or do a search online. They are as easy as ABC.

A.  Acknowledge the employer with a warm greeting and opening paragraph.

Thank you for posting your need for a clothing store manager on jobstoday.com. With six years of experience managing the Seaside branch of GlamourGarb for my previous employer, I feel well qualified to fill the position you listed. I love fashion and I thoroughly enjoy interacting with customers and employees to make each person's experience the best it can be.

B.  Balance your information with both personal and professional details.

While employed at GlamourGarb I received two Favorite Employee awards and one Outstanding Performance Award for handling a difficult situation on the job. I understand the importance of taking responsibility for the tasks assigned, being accountable to the storeowner, and holding the staff together as a team.

C.  Conclude your cover letter with a friendly thank you and request for an interview.

Thank you for considering what I have to offer. May I come in for a brief interview? I want to learn more about your excellent company and to show you how I can participate in helping you achieve your product and financial goals. I welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Put your name and your experience in front of the people who can help you win the job you are best suited for. By doing so you'll also be helping them to do their job of hiring a responsible and professional individual that can enhance their company.

Practice Perfects!

Write your cover letter and then review it out loud—preferably with a supportive friend. Ask for honest feedback. Accept it and make the changes necessary to achieve a first-class result. Then look forward with expectation and excitement. A new job is waiting for you. And all because you took the time to write a fabulous new job search cover letter that will inspire a hiring manager to call you for an interview that leads to a wonderful new job and a promising future.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney 
Amazing Cover Letters

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Monday, February 18, 2013

How To Create A "Tough Times" Cover Letter


During tough times it's important to write a solid, information-packed, professional cover letter that will grab the hiring manager's attention. That means including details that will show him or her what you've done, what you can do, and what you will do if you are hired for the position advertised.

Focus on Experience and Skills

It's not enough to mention your degree in engineering or accounting or sales and marketing, important as it may be. An employer will want to see your job-related leadership strengths and communication skills as well as experience in a particular field. In other words, can you get along with co-workers, take action in an emergency, settle a dispute if one arises, offer creative ideas during a planning meeting?

Make sure your cover letter shows, not merely tells. For example, don't say I'm good at bringing peace to a difficult situation or I offered some new ideas on how to run the accounting department. These are too general. Provide a list of specific accomplishments you're proud of. Example:

• Resolved an argument between two employees when one threatened to walk off the job

• Suggested a new method of accounting (name the program, if applicable) that management embraced

• Demonstrated a piece of software (state what it is, if applicable) that cut support staff hours by one-third

State What You Can Do For the Company

Once the hiring manager knows what you've done previously, he or she will be eager to find out what you can do for his or her company in the future. In other words, how will your previous experience lend itself to the new position? Here is your chance to be specific once again.

Suppose you are applying for a job as an administrative assistant for a university. Address the requirements you read in the advertisement for the job opening. Then show how you can fill them.

Example: You can count on me to:

• Ensure that all computer labs are up and running following the purchase of software for particular courses, and classes assigned to correct computer labs.

• Maintain computer labs and classrooms with computer equipment.

• Train and supervise employees, write a grant, and ensure reports are submitted in a timely manner

• Balance department budgets, and follow protocol regarding purchasing supplies

• Schedule board meetings and make travel arrangements

• Assist students, faculty and staff and community members with computer tutoring and troubleshooting, etc.

Regardless of the economy and the sometimes bleak outlook when it comes to searching and finding a job, people are hired everyday all over the country. You can be one of them if you make sure your cover letter meets the professional standard, communicates clearly who you are, what you can do, and basically shows what you know—without pretending or patronizing.

Be your honest self, tell the truth, write in a positive and optimistic tone, and trust that the job you are best suited for is out there waiting for you.
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In just 3 1/2 minutes you will have an amazing cover letter ...  without writing a word. Use "Amazing Cover Letter Creator" over and over again for all your cover letter needs. It creates cover letters for any career situation...position...and job level! Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bring on the New Year—With a Brand New Cover Letter


Here it is—2013––the new year we've been waiting for over the past couple of months. It's the perfect time to put your goals in order with a sizzlin' new cover letter at the top of your list.

Employers are setting their goals as well. They're in the market for qualified job-hunters, people who are ready and willing to fill responsible and good-paying positions in their companies. You can be one of those individuals. Introduce yourself with a well-written cover letter that catches their eye and compels them to select you for an interview.

More Job Interviews in the New Year!

What does it take to create a cover letter that shines with friendly language and practical information? Four simple ingredients:

1. A warm greeting.

Dear Ms. Smith:

Happy New Year! I was excited to see your ad for a qualified person to fill the position of general manager of the ABC Corporation. It seems you were writing directly to me, as I have had managerial experience over the past five years . . .

2. A clear point.

In fact, all of the duties I've performed as assistant manager of XYZ Company have prepared me for the next level. I am ready and eager to assume the full responsibilities of general manager. I'm known for my leadership as well as my ability to handle a crisis with a level head . . .

3. A tangible goal.

My objective for the next twelve months is to encourage my peers and subordinates and to increase the bottom line of the company I work for. Customer service and satisfying employee relations are my primary goals . . .

4. A future plan.

May we meet in person to discuss this job? I'd welcome the opportunity to hear your objectives for the man or woman you hire and to provide you with examples of why I believe I'm the person to fill the position and to help promote the company's vision and mission. Please call me at 555-555-5555 at your convenience.

Glad Tidings To You!

Finish writing your cover letter and then take a long and honest look at it. Does it include the four ingredients listed above? Does it sound friendly yet professional? Does it reflect you at your best? If your answer to any of these questions is 'no' then go back and rework that section until it feels just right. Cut, chop, slice, and dice any words or phrases that don't match your personality. Keep in mind the most important thing you can do on paper and in person is to be yourself.

Raise Your Glass to A Fruitful New Year!

Add a splash of kindness, a sprinkling of facts, and a dollop of personality. Mix with an attitude of gratitude. Then raise your glass to the New Year—the year that will lead you to new employment and new opportunities––the result of a great cover letter that presents your unique self.

Happy New Year and happy job hunting!
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In just 3 1/2 minutes you will have an amazing cover letter ...  without writing a word. Use "Amazing Cover Letter Creator" over and over again for all your cover letter needs. It creates cover letters for any career situation...position...and job level! Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator."

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

How To Use A "Thanksgiving" Cover Letter…


Hungry job seekers focus their cover letters on what they want, what they expect, and what they can do. Then they wait for the phone to ring to book an interview. That's one way to approach the job search market.

Essential as these points are, however, they're not nearly as effective as opening and closing a cover letter with two simple words—THANK YOU.

Why say thank you when you don't know the hiring manager and you don't have the job yet? Here's why. Behind every desk in every company sits a human being just like you, a person with hopes and dreams, plans and challenges, and a desire to be acknowledged and appreciated.

One day your cover letter will land on his or her desk. Will you jump off the page as a person ideal for the job, a team player, someone who'll be a great addition to the staff? I hope so, but more important, will you come across as someone who has a humble and grateful attitude, an individual who recognizes the value of an opportunity, the privilege of holding a job and working with others toward a common goal? That profile is what every hiring manager is looking for.

Giving Thanks Could Land You a Job!

Thank you. These two simple words seem to be in hiding because they so rarely appear in public! But they are golden, even more so than your resume, skills, and qualifications—because they set the stage for what is to come. What man or woman wouldn't respond to someone who is polite, personal, and professional?
Following are examples of how to express your thanks at the beginning of your cover letter and at the end.

Example #1:

Dear Mr. Hiring Manager:

(beginning)

Thank you for taking a moment to read my cover letter. I'm pleased to meet you here and hope to do so in person. I was happy to see on careerjimmy.com your listing for an administrative assistant—a position for which I feel qualified and eager to fill.

(ending)

Thank you again for reading my letter and resume and for considering me for the job. May I come in for an interview so I can hear your perspective on this position and the qualities you're looking for in the person you hire? I can be available any time that works for you. I appreciate this opportunity very much.

Example #2:

Dear Mr. Hiring Manager:

(beginning)

Thank you for posting on careerjimmy.com such a clear description of the opening for an administrative assistant now available at your company. I was able to tell at a glance that this job is just what I've been looking for and feel qualified to fill.
(ending)

You must receive hundreds of cover letters every week––all the more reason for me to thank you again for taking time to read mine and for considering me for the position of executive secretary on your administrative staff. I'd welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person for an interview so we can discuss what I can bring to the job and what you expect from the person you hire.

After sending off your cover letter, take a moment to expand your thanks silently.

• For the job that is waiting for you, even if you haven't landed it yet

• For the person who will hire you when the time comes
• For the experience, talent, and skill you have to earn a living

• For the people in your life who love and support you

Thanksgiving Day is not the only time to give thanks. Move gratitude to the top of your list at home, at work, and in the community and you will find what you're looking for in the job market and in your relationships.
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Author: Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letters. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."


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