Are Cover Letters a Thing of the Past?

Professional Resume Services

The two traditional components needed to apply for a job include a cover letter and a resume. As technology and the job searching process has evolved, though, many people wonder whether it’s still necessary to include a cover letter with their application.

How To Write A Successful Cover Letter

Ms. Career Girl

While most people know what makes a good CV, a cover letter seems to be more of a mystery. But a good cover letter can prove to be invaluable – particularly when applying for a job alongside other candidates with similar skills.

Make Your Cover Letter Perfect: A Jobseeker’s Checklist

Jobacle

While learning how to write a cover letter for a job application is no one’s idea of a good time. A cover letter not only serves as your very first point of contact with a hiring leader, but it’s an opportunity to stand out in a sea of applicants with similar skills and qualifications.

The Top Reason Your Cover Letter Is Important

Professional Resume Services

Some will tell you that nobody reads cover letters any more, so there’s no good reason to write them. There are many helpful hints on writing your cover letter and it is a good idea to read up on this skill before you start drafting yours.

P.S. Statement on a Cover Letter

Careers Done Write

” on a cover letter/email. Many experts, including me, feel the P.S. statement is a slightly unprofessional gimmick that does not belong on a cover letter. Instead, I recommend writing a cover letter tailored for each job opportunity.

10 Tips for a Better Cover Letter

Ms. Career Girl

The post 10 Tips for a Better Cover Letter appeared first on Ms. Learning how to write a cover letter that provides insight about your experience, desire to work for a company, and personality can make a big difference in how many job interviews you get.

11 Tips For Creating Compelling Cover Letters

Career Realism

11 Tips For Creating Compelling Cover Letters. So, we’re agreed that it’s worth your time to write a cover letter to accompany your resume (see Why Cover Letters Count ). Now you’re facing the daunting task of making your cover letter worth reading.

Cover Letter Help: The Not-so-fine Line Between Obnoxious and Amusing

Careers Done Write

In an effort to stand out from the crowd, some job searchers turn to cute quips and humor in their cover letter. When reading his letter many will see him as a self-absorbed, perhaps insufferable, sales person. Take a look at Eric’s letter.

4 Key Cover Letter Strategies to Get you Noticed

Careers Done Write

The cover letter remains a critical component of a successful job search despite what you may hear anecdotally. To that end, here are four cover letter strategies that will get you noticed. cover letter

Q&A With Top Cover Letter Expert

Jobacle

Jobacle recently caught up with Louise Kursmark, co-author of the recently released book 15-Minute Cover Letter , Second Edition. Jobacle: If you had to assign a % to the importance of a good cover letter, what would it be? Avoid sending a letter “To whom it may concern.”

Cover Letter Help: Does Your Viral Letter Need an Antedote?

Careers Done Write

By now, you have seen this viral cover letter. Whatever you may think of the bold style and content of this letter, you have to admit, it is a hit on many websites and newscasts. Let’s dissect this letter and find out. Professional cover letter format.

5 Secrets to Building the Perfect Resume & Cover Letter

Workology

But, before most HR directors, recruiters, or hiring managers will even glance at your perfect resume, you need to have delivered a perfect cover letter. Your job search marketing materials including email templates , resume, cover letter and your social media profiles need to be prepared and on point in order to make the most of those 6 seconds and capture the recruiter’s attention. The Perfect Cover Letter is Tailor Made.

Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Articulating Your Awesomeness

Workology

How to Get Feedback and Insights from Experts Regarding Your Resume and Cover Letter. I’d recommend reading some of the customer reviews before deciding which book(s) to purchase. Resume Words to Avoid.

Cover Letter Debate: Are They Necessary in Executive Job Search?

Executive Career Brand

by Meg Guiseppi on July 16, 2010 · 5 comments Some of my fellow careers industry professionals dismiss cover letters as an ineffective marketing tool. By all means, include personalized cover letters with your resume targeting each specific employer.

LinkedIn In Mail-cover letters

Career Brander

Career Brander Blog About Career Brander « Cars and jobs Creating Job Opportunities » LinkedIn and cover letters Published June 18, 2010 Uncategorized Leave a Comment Tags: cover letters , effective networking , ian levine , In Mail , linkedin , linkedin inmail , Linkedin jobsearch Cover letters (Or LinkedIn In mail) are not an area we have spent much time discussing at Career Brander.

11 Tips For Creating Compelling Cover Letters

Career Realism

So, we’re agreed that it’s worth your time to write a cover letter to accompany your resume (see Why Cover Letters Count ). Now you’re facing the daunting task of making your cover letter worth reading. Related: 3 Easy Steps To A Quick Cover Letter Makeover.

SOLD — Much Ado About Cover Letters for Resume

Workology

Your resume and cover letter should be treated much like home owners do when selling their house. I can’t imagine the sheer number of cover letters and resumes during my professional career in human resources. Cover letters should be one page.

Why the Cover Letter is Dead

The Undercover Recruiter

In offering some advice today to a family member who is job hunting, I came to the realization that the cover letter is all but dead. As a result you type a letter in an attempt to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Why the Cover Letter is Dead.

Boost Your Resume With A Great Cover Letter

Career Realism

This is part of what a great cover letter does for you in your job search. Related: 3 Tips For Writing A Successful Cover Letter. The entire goal of a cover letter is to get the employer to read your resume. How do you write a great cover letter?

3 Tips For Writing A Successful Cover Letter

Career Realism

Job seekers without a flair for writing and storytelling may find it painfully difficult to put together an impressive cover letter. The most common way they start their cover letter is with words like, “I’m very pleased to submit my application.” Cover Letter Job Search

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, Oh My!

Career Alley

CareerAlley Career advice, job search advice and job search site reviews Comments By Email Posts Jobs powered by Simply Hired « It’s Lonely at the Top – The Best Companies to Work for – Vol 9 It’s Quality, Not Just Quantity That Gets You Hired » Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, Oh My! “ You know, Resumes, Cover Letter and Interviews (and you won’t get to the third if you don’t get the first two right).

LinkedIn and cover letters « Career Brander

Career Brander

Career Brander Blog About Career Brander « Cars and jobs Creating Job Opportunities » LinkedIn and cover letters Published June 18, 2010 Uncategorized Leave a Comment Tags: cover letters , effective networking , ian levine , In Mail , linkedin , linkedin inmail , Linkedin jobsearch Cover letters (Or LinkedIn In mail) are not an area we have spent much time discussing at Career Brander.

SOLD — Much Ado About Cover Letters for Resume

Workology

Your resume and cover letter should be treated much like home owners do when selling their house. I can’t imagine the sheer number of cover letters and resumes during my professional career in human resources. Cover letters should be one page.

How to Make Your Cover Letter a Perfect Fit for Any Opening

Jennifer Anthony

Let’s face it, a blanket cover letter just isn’t going to cut it these days. Here are a few simple steps to customizing your cover letters. And if you don’t think you SHOULD customize your cover letter for each application you submit, then we have bigger problems than I thought…). Include your branding statement with your header at the top of your cover letter. Cover Letter Writing Guidelines (brighthub.com).

5 Steps to an Executive Cover Letter That Opens Doors

Jennifer Anthony

Don’t forget to send it under cover–a powerful cover letter, that is. While a great resume can open doors, a compelling cover letter can be an equal (if not MORE) important part of your pitch for employment.

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How To Write A Great Cover Letter Introduction

Career Realism

Yes, employers still read cover letters. I will say that I’m sure not all of them do, but the majority still take a few moments to scan through the cover letter—and so having an attention-grabbing cover letter is important (especially if you have something significant you need to say).

Sorry, I probably won't read your cover letter

Corn on the Job

Corn on the Job Wisdom for Job Seekers Blog About Archives COTJ Blog Roll Corn Heads Contact Subscribe Sorry, I probably won’t read your cover letter by Rich DeMatteo on January 27, 2010 Like many recruiters, I rarely read cover letters. Most of us zoom right into the resume for a quick scan of the candidate and avoid the cover letter whenever possible. When do I read cover letters? Ever hired for simply the cover letter alone? {

How to Write a Cover Letter that Works

Blue Sky Resumes

Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Job Search cover letter

10 Cover Letter Tips You Don’t Want To Miss

Career Alley

Here are 10 Cover Letter Tips that will help you create a powerful and effective cover letter. With a bit of persistence you should be able to locate the name of the contact that you are to send your cover letter to if you do not have it already. If for some reason, that information in unattainable, you can address the letter with a name such as “Dear Human Resource Manager or Dear Job Search Committee). Keep your cover letter short!

How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired

Career Realism

A great cover letter is worth the time and effort it takes to write it. Employers do read cover letters, and they do accept or reject candidates based on what they see. Related: How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired.

5 Key Steps to a Cover Letter that Opens Doors

Career Realism

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5 Key Steps To A Cover Letter That Opens Doors

Career Realism

Don’t forget to send it under cover—a powerful cover letter , that is. While a great resume can open doors, a compelling cover letter can be an equal (if not MORE) important part of your pitch for employment. career Cover Letter

What is a Cover Letter (and How do you Write a Good One)?

Blue Sky Resumes

Along with the resume, we would attach a letter explaining why we were the right person for the position. Because this letter was generally attached to the front of the resume with a staple or paperclip, it became known as a cover letter. Do you need a cover letter?

How to Get the Best LinkedIn Recommendations

Executive Career Brand

They’re attracted to candidates who have quality recommendations on their profiles. If you have no recommendations, they may question the value you offer and skip over you. Best tip to get the best recommendations? Write good recommendations to get good recommendations.

What a Cover Letter Hook Might Encompass

Career Realism

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How to Make Your Cover Letter Grab the Employer's Attention

The Undercover Recruiter

Under such circumstances, they will be able to give each letter a few moments to get the gist of the candidate’s proficiency, qualification and experience before moving on to the next one. How do I make my cover letter stand out? What about testimonials and cover letters?

How To Make Your Cover Letter A Perfect Fit For Any Job Opening

Career Realism

Let’s face it, a blanket cover letter just isn’t going to cut it these days. Here are a few simple steps to customizing your cover letters. Include your branding statement with your header at the top of your cover letter. career Cover Letter

my favorite cover letter tips, and why you should volunteer if you’re unemployed

Ask A Manager

In this article in Self , I do a round-up of my favorite tips for writing good cover letters. Volunteering is not a magic bullet, of course, but if you can do it, I recommend it. my favorite cover letter tips, and why you should volunteer if you’re unemployed was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. cover letters volunteeringTwo miscellaneous things: 1.

4 Steps to Customizing Your Cover Letter for Any Job | Career.

Career Rocketeer

Here are a few simple steps to customizing your cover letters (and if you don’t think you SHOULD customize your cover letter for each application you submit then we have bigger problems than I thought…) AN UNFORGETTABLE OPENER Here’s a mistake I see more and more job seekers making… they’re opening line on their cover letter says “please accept this in response to the (position) advertised on….”. Give them fresh information on the cover letter.

should my cover letter explicitly ask for an interview?

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: What is your opinion on asking for a job interview at the bottom of a cover letter? What there is something wrong with is what I’m afraid your boyfriend is recommending — an overly salesy statement like “I’d like to schedule an interview for this position and will call you next week to discuss a time to meet.” I can understand that small to mid-sized companies are more likely to respond to this.

yes, you really should write a better cover letter

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager yes, you really should write a better cover letter March 7, 2011 Periodically I hear from readers who tell me that after they started approaching their cover letters differently, as I advise here , they started getting interviews. In fact, I recently promised a post explaining why a cover letter can matter so much. A good cover letter effectively conveys those qualities.

yes, your resume and cover letter really are the problem

Ask A Manager

I don’t usually print thank-you letters (but I do save them in a file in my email because they are great to look at on a bad day — and you should do the same!), but I’m sharing this one because it’s further evidence that You Should Take Me Seriously When I Say You Need to Fix Your Resume and Cover Letter. and he immediately updated his resume and cover letter.

3 Persuasive Ways To Use LinkedIn Recommendations

Career Realism

3 Persuasive Ways To Use LinkedIn Recommendations. Everyone knows you should get recommendations on LinkedIn, but few are aware of the most persuasive ways to use them to get your dream job. RELATED : 3 Ways To Ask For LinkedIn Recommendations.