Your Cover Letter
by Stefanie Spikell,
The William Shakespeare of Resume Writing/Career Coaching
has always been told not to judge a book by its cover. If this
is the rule, then what makes you want to read a book? Of course
you are going to look at the cover to decide if you are
interested in the rest of the book. You may also flip to the
back cover of the book to read a brief summary of the book. You
will want to read the reviews that critics gave the book so you
will know what kind of quality to expect. The same holds true
for the cover letter than accompanies your resume.
It serves as book jacket to your resume, providing
information that piques interest, but does not give the entire
story away. A good cover
letter explains your story line and makes hiring managers eager
to find out more about you.
are the important points to remember about cover letters:
Address it to a
specific person, if possible.
Tell why you are
especially interested in the company.
desire for the job and tell why you are qualified.
Assure the hiring
manager that you will be in touch in the near future.
Remember, your cover letter is the introduction to your
resume and you want the reader to be anxious to get to the
information provided there, so be sure to highlight your
Stefanie Spikell, owner of two
Expert Resumes and
Clear Communications Business Consulting
is a noted business/careers coach, management consultant and
resume writer. In her 20-year career, she has managed marketing
communications departments for major engineering firms, taught
at the university level, published hundreds of business-related
reports and articles, and written thousands of winning resumes.