Cover Letters: Why Bother?

Eat Your Career

A lot of people think cover letters are relics of the past. You want to use the cover letter as an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd. In my recent segment on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado , I address the importance of cover letters and the various things you should include to make yours stand out. The post Cover Letters: Why Bother? Video career advice career transition cover letter job search

Covering cover letters

Practically Perfect PA

In amongst all of my files and paperwork I discovered a handful of my old covering letters for various jobs I had applied for over the years (one was hand written – that is how old I am!). I wondered how many of us still write covering letters when we apply for jobs? If we do put a lot of effort into a covering letter will the recruiter even read it, I know that many don’t so what is the point? Covering letter template for EA role.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter

Dumb Little Man

11 of the 12 resumes had cover letters which is actually pretty good because if you skip that step, you simply look unprofessional. The problem is that all of the cover letters looked exactly the same and had the same message. I want to hire someone that stands out a little and the cover letter is your one chance to make a connection with someone you may never meet. This blog has several solid samples, including e-mail letters.

5 Tips To Making Your Resume Cover Letter Stand Out

Dumb Little Man

And when each job requires your resume, an online application (complete with questionnaire), plus a stellar cover letter that’s tailored to each and every job listing, it’s easy to see why the process gets exhausting. Although it might be tempting to just write a generic cover letter for each of these job listings, you could be sabotaging your job search. So, what are the key components of a cover letter and what should you say in them?

The Job Hunt: Starting Off With A Strong Cover Letter

Dumb Little Man

Suffice to say that your cover letter is one way for a company to get a sneak peek of what you’d be like as a potential employee. Before they even get to your resume, prospective employers read cover letters first, so consider these points on how to write a cover letter and make an effort to prepare a brilliant cover letter! Think of your cover letter is a letter of intent.

3 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

On The Job

I remember the first time I wrote a cover letter for a job. But, it still was a lousy cover letter and I cringe when I think about it. Writing a cover letter is important. But with a few tips, you'll soon be on your way to writing a cover letter that will help you get your foot in the door. A cover letter is not supposed to just restate what's on your resume. It went something like this: "I'd really like to work for you.

A Cover Letter is NOT Optional!

Job Advice Blog

Home Founder Resume Writing Career Coaching Marketing Yourself Selling Yourself Job Stress General Advice Interview Skills "The Relocated Spouse [link] — jobconnection A Cover Letter is NOT Optional! On June 14, 2010, In Resume Writing by Debra Wheatman , By 0 What’s the value of writing a cover letter? A cover letter IS important. No cover letter with your résumé is like leaving your house with a shirt and no pants.

How to Write a Cover Letter

Daily Writing Tips

Does anyone write business letters anymore? Word-processing programs generally have a business-letter template, but it’s simple enough to create a letter on your own.). Start the letter with your own address on one line, followed by the city and state (using the US Postal Service’s two-letter state symbols) and the ZIP code on the next. (It’s so that the recipient knows that he or she should find additional materials in the envelope with the letter.

Why You Should Take Time to Write a Cover Letter

Small Business Labs

When the job market is this competitive, you should never leave anything to chance, especially if you’re vying for a job position you’ve been dreaming of for years, one that will place on the road to professional improvement. That is why Human Resource professionals and experts suggest that every time you send out an

How to Write Great Cover Letters for Your Resume - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

Beginning Your Job Search? Start By Building Your Brand

Office Dynamics

Admin Assistant Training Assistant Training Professional Image Self Development cover letter developing your brand Facebook linkedin personal brand professional brand professional image social networking twitterMaintaining and building your online persona is a part of the new job search. Building your personal brand is crucial to standing out from the crowd when job hunting.

2015 168

Is It OK to Fudge the Truth on a Resume?

On The Job

lie to employer qualifications resume cover letter career advice Anita BruzzeseIs it really a big deal to lie on a resume? The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a free-speech case involving a former California official convicted under the Stolen Valor Act after falsely claiming that he received the Congressional Medal of Honor , even though he never served in the military.

Resume 147

Guest Blogger: David B. Wright, Author

The Office Professionals Place

Youve sent out dozens, or maybe even hundreds, of resumes and cover letters. Your resume & cover letter have done their jobs, and have piqued the employers interest - now your job is to make it as easy as possible for them to decide to offer you the job. At the beginning of the interview, you could say something like, “I’d like to cover a few things in our discussion today.

2009 109

5 Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation

On The Job

If you dont think so, read this column I wrote for Gannett, and you may just change your mind: Maybe you put countless hours into carefully crafting a resume and cover letter. Helpful information and advice from Americas favorite workplace columnist About Anita Blog Books Syndicated Column Interviews Career Links Contact Monday, August 10, 2009 5 Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation Are you your own worst enemy?

2009 100

4 Interview Tips to Help You Get the Job

On The Job

First, you need to make sure that you craft your resume and cover letter for each job so that you're highlighting as many of the skills as possible that the employer is seeking.

2019 130

Create a Resume or CV Free Online

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’re looking for help or ideas for creating a resume or writing a cover letter, CVrite is a website aimed at assisting job seekers with CV and resumé preparation. 100s of free Articles & Tips, plus resume and cover letter examples. They offer. a free online resume or CV creator (accessible from the home page). free Downloadable CV Template & Advice Pack (download available after “liking” the site on Facebook or Google+).

Resume 130

How to Find Your Dream Job: 5 Tips You Can Use Right Now

Dumb Little Man

You may need to send out countless resumes and cover letters. Create an attractive resume and engaging cover letter. Your resume and cover letter play an important role in getting the attention of potential employers. Instead of sending out the same resume and cover letter, create multiple versions. See Also: 5 Tips To Making Your Resume Cover Letter Stand Out. Everyone has a dream job in mind.

2018 193

6 Tips On How To Prep Your CV For More Job Interviews

Dumb Little Man

In this article, we will partially focus on cover letters as well as other important resume writing tips. So, grab a pen, and get ready to totally change your approach to CVs and cover letters. Just think about it: If you are getting dozens of cover letters a day, you are more likely to pay attention to the applicant who knows you by name than an applicant who simply addresses the company in general.

2017 155

A guide to job hunting

Practically Perfect PA

Harmony between your CV and cover letter. All too often cover letters either repeat, or worse, contradict aspects of a candidate’s CV. Then consider how the content of your cover letter links with your CV. Ask the following questions: Are the claims you make in the cover letter supported by evidence in your CV? Your cover letter should show how you meet their criteria, and your CV should expand upon the assertions your cover letter makes.

3 Top Job Industries That Are Flying Under Your Radar

Dumb Little Man

They said one of the best ways you can express enthusiasm for your industry is by writing a tailored cover letter. As you work, think about how you are going to write about your learning experiences and how you can share them in your cover letter. See Also: 5 Tips To Making Your Resume Cover Letter Stand Out. Then, you can tailor your resume and cover letter to clearly indicate why you’re the best fit for them.

2017 161

The Admin’s Guide to Career Organization

All Things Admin

Cover letter. Your cover letter is often the first touch point you have with a potential employer, so you need to make the right impression. The content for both letters can be similar, but they aren’t necessarily identical. Letters of recommendation.

2020 77

This is What You Need to Do to Change Industries Successfully

On The Job

That’s why it’s key to craft your resume and cover letter in a way that highlights transferable skills. More people are expected to test the job waters this year as more than 12,500 U.S. employers are looking for new workers and unemployment remains low. This comes as good news for workers who are ready to take the leap to a new job or industry, including those federal workers who are looking for steadier paychecks after government shutdown uncertainty.

2019 100

How To Get A Job When You Have No Experience

Dumb Little Man

Most of them enter a website, choose a couple of job offers, send their CV and, in the best case, also attach a cover letter. What is the most common manner of young and inexperienced people applying for a job? And then, during the rest of the day they sit down somewhere, drinking coffee with their unemployed friends complaining about how wrong all employers are for not offering them a job. Not so great as it sounds, right?

2013 219

How to Get Through a Job Search Without Losing Your Mind

On The Job

Then you start slogging your way through job ads online, realize you need to write a resume and a cover letter -- and you decide to watch "Friends" reruns instead. There are certainly tools to help you apply for jobs or write a cover letter, but you've still got to do the work. Don't try to fill out an application while stuck in traffic, or write a cover letter at the end of a long, stressful day.

2019 109

10 Ways For Freelance Writers To Earn Some Extra Money

Dumb Little Man

Write Resumes and Cover Letters. There is a huge market at the moment for CV and cover letter writers. Freelance writing can be a tough job at times. Finding clients and finishing tasks takes a lot of time. It’s a risky career and you’ll never know when the work will slow down. That’s why it’s always good to know how else you can earn extra money by writing. Here are some great tips you can try: Start A Blog.

2018 182

What Should Recruiters Look For In CVs When Hiring For Remote Jobs?

Recruit CRM

Look For A Cover Letter This is not a stringent hard-and-fast rule. Nevertheless, if your candidate has submitted a cover letter with his/her CV, then it's basically good omen.

2021 52

Survey Reveals What Hiring Managers Want Now

On The Job

That way, you can address the issues they think are important in your resume and cover letter, and speak knowledgeably about the issues that garner their interest. It's always a good idea to know what's on the minds of hiring managers.

2020 142

Confidence: feel it, fake it, or……….flub it

Job Advice Blog

Your cover letter neglects to tie you to the ad and [.]. This confidence game isn’t the same as the scam. This one applies to those who have been hunting with no results and are becoming discouraged. Rapidly. Let’s go back to how most people search, because that’s where the problem – or problems – are.

How To Make Your Job Search More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Between searching for job listings, individualizing your cover letters, and rehearsing your interviews, you will spend many of your waking hours getting through it all. Searching for jobs and writing cover letters are bound to be the biggest time-consumers, so plan around that to start with. Job-seeking can be quite the undertaking, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process.

2016 158

How to List Skills Gained Outside of Work on Your Resume

Eat Your Career

The Resume & Cover Letter Toolkit offers step-by-step guidance, easy-to-use templates, and sample documents to get you inspired. Past work experience is, of course, the most important part of your resume. It’s meant to show a prospective employer that you have all the skills required to do the job for which you are applying, and that you’ve used those skills before in a professional capacity.

Resume 161

5 Things You Must Do When Providing References

On The Job

Just as you target your resume and cover letter for a certain job, you should do the same for your references. Once an employer gets around to checking your references, you may be feeling quite confident that a job offer is coming your way. Hold on. According to an Accountemps survey , one in three candidates are removed from job consideration after checking with their references.

2019 176

Why Good Writing Matters – And How You Can Improve Yours

Dumb Little Man

This could be when: You’re applying for a job with a cover letter and CV. Some of them are: You need to write a letter of complaint and want to be taken seriously. In today’s world, being able to write well is of vital importance whatever your industry is.

2020 229

Five Terms Related to Submitting a Manuscript

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks about some terms: I’m confused: What’s the difference between Submissions and Query Letters and Cover Letters and Biographies and Resumés? Query Letter. A query letter is a one-page letter intended to interest an editor in something a writer has written or intends to write. If the offered work is a novel, the letter should include a description of the main theme and story line, including conflict and resolution (how it ends).

2015 83

9 Style Tips For College Students

Dumb Little Man

This includes gaining proper knowledge of the English language which they’ll need to interact with future employers, compose top quality cover letters, and create pathways that will enhance their future. Some rewrite their own application letters while others learn the hard way – by being rejected. See Also: 5 Tips To Making Your Resume Cover Letter Stand Out. College is when people make lifelong connections.

2018 143

The Practically Perfect PA guide to finding the perfect PA job

Practically Perfect PA

What can you expect to find in our eBook: I think we have covered everything that you will need to think about when it comes to planning your next career move including the following: Looking for an assistant role online. Covering cover letters. I’m very excited to launch the first Practically Perfect PA eBook! With the support of Career Moves we have been able to put together a guide to help you prepare for the perfect PA job.

2016 151

Unemployed? Transferable Skills are the Answer

On The Job

Once you identify the jobs that are the best fit, then craft a resume and cover letter that truly target that job listing. In the coming weeks and months you're going to hear a lot about "transferable skills."

2020 159

5 Ways To Increase Your Value In The Post-Pandemic Marketplace

Dumb Little Man

Ensure your CV, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile are updated with the same info. Why you should increase your value. You need a competitive edge more than ever in today’s uncertain and overcrowded marketplace.

2020 213

Extreme Makeover - Resume Edition

Dumb Little Man

Pair it with a cover letter Always have a cover letter to accompany your resume. The cover letter serves the following purposes: to let the recruiter know what job you're applying for how you learned about the job opportunity (if it was from someone internal at the company use their name) to highlight specific accomplishments that relate directly to the job being filled (education, training, experience.) Do you have a resume? Is it a little out of date?

Resume 217

Updating Your Resume: Signs It’s Time to Polish the Ol’ Skills

Small Business CEO

It can be especially difficult to know exactly what’s going wrong – is it my cover letter? You’re back on the job market, sending out your resume to multiple jobs a day, but you’re not getting any bites. Frustrating, right? Do I have enough experience? Do they just not like my personality? Slow down a bit. Typically, the problem isn’t a massive personality defect. In fact, your problem might be something as simple as not updating your resume.

How to Write a Powerful One-Page Resume That Stands Out

Dumb Little Man

See Also: 100+ Ways to Write a Great Resume Cover Letter. The common consensus regarding resumes is this: It doesn’t have to be too long! Resumes that don’t seem to end are disastrous. They do nothing to advance your job application. And the worst part? It probably never gets read either! Most recruiters prefer short and concise one-page resumes over long boring resumes that seem to eat its own tail. Given below is a step-by-step guide to help you in writing a one-page resume.

Resume 174

So you want to find a new assistant job?

Practically Perfect PA

Tailor your covering letter and CV. I’ve written posts on both covering letters and resumes so all I would add here is that you should tailor your CV and covering letter for each of the jobs you are applying for. Over the last 10 years I have been employed full time in 6 different companies. Is that a lot of jobs for one decade? I’m not sure, I suppose it depends on a lot of factors.

2013 172

5 Job Search Red Flags to Watch Out For

Eat Your Career

The Job Seeker Jump Start package includes everything you need to land the job you want quickly and easily: step-by-step resume writing advice, resume and cover letter templates, interview preparation, specific job search strategies, networking techniques, and much more. Job seekers are notoriously eager to believe things. They’re not necessarily gullible or naïve, but they often want to think optimistically about every “opportunity” that crosses their path.

2019 149

What's Worth the Effort in Job Searching -- and What's Not

On The Job

In addition to writing a resume and cover letter, you're now supposed to monitor social media and look for ways to "brand" yourself to prospective employers. It can be exhausting looking for a job. There's the old saying that "looking for a job is a job."

2017 109