companies do not want cover letters. Just take a look at any 50
job orders on the web and few will demand much less ask for a
cover letter. They don't have time to plow through any more
paperwork than they have to. Cover letters are usually full of
for considering me; I'll look forward to discussing my wonderful
background with you; I appreciate your taking the time to read my
resume; If you don't call me in a week, I'll call you and pester
the heck out of your secretary...etc."
overflow with self aggrandizing fluff:
"Self starter; work well with people; multi-tasker; proven track
In many cases, they repeat what is in the resume only no where
near as good. Many are vague:
"I'd like a job in sales or in
marketing or in management, whatever you have is OK with me...or...I'd like a job with a company that will train me, promote me (hasn't
been hired and is looking for a promotion) and
one that has good ethics and morals and is in a growth mode."
most companies request a cover letter is to give them the
opportunity to ask about what is not included on the resume...
earnings or salary
requirements or expectations.
You will find this request neatly slipped into the sentence that
asks for a cover letter.
If no cover
letter is requested the email that contains the resume should
usually contain the briefest of information:
TO FROM SUBJECT
(the job order title)
(as WORD document).
Let the resume do the job it is designed to do... get you
interviews. People pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for a resume
designed to get them interviews, then defeat it with a long, say
nothing blathering cover letter.
are two kinds of cover letters: Specific & Generic
has two variations:
- It is
simple & basic, the goal being to get the recipient to read
Posting with no cover letter request
- Also very simple but addressed to the person or place
of that job order.
Cover Letter is tied to a specific job order that
REQUIRES a cover letter. You should read between the
lines of their request. If they are using it as an excuse to
get salary information, fine, indulge them but resist the effort
to wax eloquent about yourself... and getting in the way of the
resume. In some cases, they are truly interested in your
ability to express yourself, then by all means do so, but keep
it to one page and try not to outdo the resume.
It Simple Sweetheart
so as not to take away from the
resume. Keep your eyes open for an opportunity to allow us to
teach you this vital skill.