Cover Letter Tips

Managers receive 150 resumes for their job openings.

A cover letter
Will distinguish you from the 75% of applicants who don’t include a cover letter with their resume.
Makes a good first impression and makes you stand out from the crowd.
Get the manager interested in you.

Use a separate file or at the beginning of your resume

Keep it short. 1/2 to 1 page.

Dear (Manager’s name if known) or to whom it may concern:

I’m writing to inquire about the opening for (position title).

I offer x years of experience as a (position titles).

The top portion of my attached resume highlights my career profile and 3 major accomplishments related to this position.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about this position or any other position in your company.

* This is an opportunity to point out how you can help the company. This is about the company and not you.
* Mention as many keywords in the ad as possible in your cover letter and add them to your resume if you have them.
* You need to impress them that you will fill the void and solve their problems immediately.
* Don’t use words like “I think”, Use “I know”.
* Use points from your resume that are relevant.
* TYPOS will stop you from getting an interview. Cut and paste your resume here. Make corrections and paste them back into your resume. You will have to add back bold and other fonts. 

* You need to customize each cover letter. Don’t send in a generic cover letter.
* Make sure you have contact info on your cover letter and resume. Phone number and email address.
* End with asking for an interview. Days and times you could be available.

Others to include

Why are you available?

Where do you live now?

If you and your family will relocate when the manager wants you onsite?

You’re open to an on-site or remote full-time employee or contract position.

How do you have the right to work in the U.S.?

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