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Get Your Cover Letter Noticed: Best Practices

This is a guest post on the Smart Growth Strategies blog for those in career transition.

As you know, there is a huge increase in the amount of unemployment these days with 2 out of 10 people looking for employment, day in and day out. If you are looking for a position, this could be a daunting task that you may not even feel confident with, but it really doesn’t have to be that way if you learn how to get noticed more than others in front of possible employers. The most common way to get your resume noticed and to get more job inquiries is to become an expert at writing a cover letter.

Like many other Americans, you are probably not too fond of writing a cover letter and if you are, you may be doing the bare minimum; writing a generic cover letter for all of your positions. This is definitely not the way to get yourself noticed and it is not the way into a new position, so making sure that your cover letter is tailored for that position is going to be very important. The cover letter must be able to give the person enough information on you where they will want to find out more.

Uniqueness to Stand Alone in the Crowd

For hiring authorities, coming across effective cover letters is rare, something candidates definitely want to be mindful of when writing their cover letters.  Below you will see 3 effective tips on how to get your cover letter noticed:

Company Research

Finding out more about the company is the perfect way to let them know that you are really interested in becoming a part of their team. Instead of creating a cover letter that is exactly the same for every position, take the time to learn more about that company so that you can show them why you want to work with them.

Cite a Recommendation

Companies love to hear about what others have to say about you, so it is a good idea for you to take a small quote from someone else in regards to your work ethic, experience, etc and place it on the cover letter.

Get to the “nitty-gritty”

Honestly, nobody wants to have to sit there and read 3 or 4 pages of information about you. You want to make sure that you allow the reviewer of your cover letter to know as much information about you in as little as one page. You want to keep it short and sweet by covering your best qualities that will benefit that company.

When learning how to write a cover letter, you will always learn that the best way to get noticed is to keep it simple. When you write too much it can aggravate the person reading your cover letter and it may make them throw your cover letter and resume in the shredder because it is just too overwhelming, so keeping it simple and to the point will help you get that job interview that you want.

How Do I Write a Cover Letter?

Now that you know what is needed for your cover letter, we will show you exactly how to put together your next cover letter.

Introduction

Just like in any introduction, you want to introduce yourself and let them know the real reason behind why you applied to the position. As stated above, you will want to know some pertinent information about that company so you can use the information that you learned and correlate it to your skills.

Body

This is the most important section in your cover letter because it is where you will discuss more information about yourself. Here you will want to discuss why you think you would be the perfect fit for the position. You want to give them “enough” information about you where they will want to find out more.

Closing

Like in any business letter, you want to make sure that you thank them for their time in reading your cover letter. Additionally, here is the perfect place where you can tell them how they can reach you and how you will follow up with them in regards to that position.

Writing a cover letter and having effective business cards does not have to be a hard task that you are afraid of doing. In fact, there is so much information online to help you with getting a good, rich cover letter out that you really do not have to stress out about it.

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  1. Cover Letter Templates January 18, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Hello Sya,
    The phrase first impression is the last impression goes with the concept of resume cover letters very well. Your cover letter must be unique and effective which stand out you from the other. But it must be a single page.

    http://free-sample-cover-letters.blogspot.com/

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