7 Tips for Writing Winning Resume Cover Letters

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7 Tips for Writing Winning Resume Cover Letters

By: Donna Monday

Writing a good resume cover letter is something you should seriously consider when preparing to send off your resume to potential employers.

Here are seven important cover letter writing tips:

  1. Address the individual by name. If you don't know their name then use: "Dear Sir or Madam" or "Dear Human Resources Director".
  2. Attract attention with a strong opening paragraph. Create impact. Give them a reason to keep reading about you.
  3. Refer to your enclosed resume. Be specific in describing your skills, experience and accomplishments. Use actual examples of things you've done.
  4. Let the employer know what you can do for them. What can you bring to their organization?
  5. Keep the letter's tone of voice positive and professional. Be persuasive but don't come off like a cheap used car salesman. Remember to ask for the interview!
  6. Double check your spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. Have someone proofread the letter.
  7. Sign your letter and keep a copy for your files.

Writing a strong cover letter will help you (and your resume) stand out from the crowd. Hopefully, your cover letter will give employers a reason to pick up the phone and invite you to that all-important job interview.

About The Author

Copyright 2004

Donna Monday writes employment related articles for http://www.get-a-job-interview-quick-tips.com.

Comments

Precious 18.06.2013. 21:37

Any Immediate Job Openings in the Orange Park/ Jacksonville Area? Do not refer me to Craigslist there really isn't anything there. And when I put an ad up I was just spammed with scams. I'm a 19 year old University Honor Student, my second year in August. I have customer service Exp. But I am fit for any job. I learn very quickly. I actually want to work, pay isn't my motivation. I am available 24/7 and have reliable transportation, a car.

Precious

Admin 18.06.2013. 21:37

I can see that you posses great customer service skills. That is going to be greatest asset in winning job application. One of the tips I can give you in applying for a post of customer service is to write an effective and convincing resume and cover letter. A good cover letter gives you half of the job, the rest is your qualification and intelligence.

Admin

Justanotherday26 21.04.2006. 18:55

How to write a good resume? Any good websites with examples or suggestions would be great!

Justanotherday26

Admin 21.04.2006. 18:55

Writing a good resume?
You may like to check out these sites:

1) Hot tipes for resume writing
Learn about resume writing, cover letter writing, and electronic resume formatting.
See 100s of sample resumes and cover letters.
www.damngood.com/jobseekers/tips.html

2) Fundamentals of a Good Chronological Resume
Job-seekers: There is an easy formula for writing a strong, attention-getting
chronological resume. Here is our free guide for a successful resume.
www.quintcareers.com/resume.html

3) HOW TO WRITE A GOOD RESUME
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4) JobStar--Damn Good Resume Tips
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jobstar.org/tools/resume/yana.php

5) Amazon.com: The Damn Good Resume Guide: A Crash Course in Resume ...
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Good Resume Guide): Books: Yana Parker by Yana Parker.
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7) How to write a good resume - The One Umbrella
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This will ensure that your resume looks as good at the receivers end as it ...
www.libjobs.com.au/job_seekers/resumes/index.html

8) RESUME WRITING | How to write a masterpiece of a resume
Resume examples - resume format choices - samples of good writing. You can write
a resume as well as a top-level professional writer.
www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes.html

9) McKinsey & Company - Writing a Good Resume/CV
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www.mckinsey.com/aboutus/careers/ applyingtomckinsey/goodresume/index.asp

10) Cover Letters, Writing a Good Resume, Writing a Cover Letter for a ...
The suggestions in this section are designed to help you create a winning
combination for resumes and cover letters.
www.jobwerx.com/resources/ResumeHelp.html

Much success to you!
Cordially, India.Magica

Admin

Daniel Aspey-Smith 06.01.2011. 16:16

Placement Year Letter? Hi,

I'm looking for some advice, I start my placement year this September for Uni (I'm still looking) I study BSc Computing. I'm struggling with the format of my covering letter to send out to companies and would appreciate any help or tips if anyone's been through a similar experience.

Thanks in advance.

Daniel Aspey-Smith

Admin 06.01.2011. 16:16

Hi Daniel,

Visit your local City Library and borrow books on the subject of : Cover Letters and resume preparation.

Here is some additional information that will help you. Please use a highlighter to mark information that you need to follow-up.

My suggestion is that you visit your local library and review all or any of the following Job Search/Career-Change books:

Allen. Jeffery G. - The Complete Question &-Answer Job Interview Book - 4th Edition - ISBN 0-471-65125-7.

Beatty. Richard H. - The Resume Guide - 3rd Edition ? ISBN0-471-12403-6.

Betrus. Michael CPRW - Perfect Phrases for Resumes. ISBN 0-07-145405-5

Bolles. Richard N ? What Color Is Your Parachute? Job Hunter and Career Changers Manual
ISBN 1-58008-615-2. I suggest that you buy this book because you will need it for on-going reference.

Garside. Philip - The Secrets to getting a Job. ISBN 1-864-47097-6

Madero. Frank J. The Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X. (How to write a winning resume)
This Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X - is a particularly good guide because it has a great range of sample resumes..

Some tips about Job Applications:
Type your job Applications on A4 White Paper - do not fold your letter or resume - use an A4 White Envelope to post them. Keep copies of your correspondence in separate folders near your phone with the name of each company written on a paper slip attached so that you may open the correct folder if you have more than one job application on the go. This helps when you receive a phone-reply to a job application - you simply ask who is calling and retrieve the correct folder.

The very best way to secure Gainful Employment? Write to a company/organization that you would like to work for. Against 'Subject' in your letter, write, Subject: Speculative Job Application - (state the vacancy you want)
All resumes should have an Objective or Summary = different descriptors for the same thing. Your Objective needs to be carefully crafted.
Example: Seeking employment with a reputable organization where I can put my skills and experience to enhance my employers business. To value the opportunity to improve customer focus and become a valued employee.

Note: Your emphasis should be on what you can do for the business, not what the company can do for you - in other words, you avoid the notion that you are using the job as a stepping stone to something better, even if you are. You will need to craft your own Objective. Frank Madero's book above will help you.
In Google Search? type ?Questions asked at a Job Interview? Do the same for ?Questions to ask at a Job Interview.?

Sample Objective: (Entry Level)
Seeking employment with a reputable company engaged in the business of ?Makeup Artist Work? where I can learn the necessary skills and be a valuable and productive employee. I am prepared to study any related material that will help me improve my skills.

Admin

Aaron 10.04.2011. 08:33

why there is unemployment among graduates? Array

Aaron

Admin 10.04.2011. 08:33

Hi Sin Yi Ooi,

Perhaps it is because students (graduates) are not taught how to apply and present themselves for Job Interviews. I find it amazing that students can work through 10 years plus, educational studies and no one ever takes the time to introduce the subject and skills required to make a successful job-application. Just look at Yahoo Answers and you will frequently see requests as to writing a Cover Letter and how to write a Resume.

My suggestion:
Buy a copy of a Book titled - What Color is Your Parachute - an American publication that is revised and published November each year. It is a Job Search and Career Change Bible - one of the best.

Here is a list of information that may also help:
My suggestion is that you visit your local library and review all or any of the following Job Search/Career-Change books:

Allen. Jeffery G. - The Complete Question &-Answer Job Interview Book - 4th Edition - ISBN 0-471-65125-7.

Beatty. Richard H. - The Resume Guide - 3rd Edition ? ISBN0-471-12403-6.

Betrus. Michael CPRW - Perfect Phrases for Resumes. ISBN 0-07-145405-5

Bolles. Richard N ? What Color Is Your Parachute? Job Hunter and Career Changers Manual
ISBN 1-58008-615-2. I suggest that you buy this book because you will need it for on-going reference.

Garside. Philip - The Secrets to getting a Job. ISBN 1-864-47097-6

Madero. Frank J. The Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X. (How to write a winning resume)
This Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X - is a particularly good guide because it has a great range of sample resumes..

Some tips about Job Applications:
Type your job Applications on A4 White Paper - do not fold your letter or resume - use an A4 White Envelope to post them. Keep copies of your correspondence in separate folders near your phone with the name of each company written on a paper slip attached so that you may open the correct folder if you have more than one job application on the go. This helps when you receive a phone-reply to a job application - you simply ask who is calling and retrieve the correct folder.

The very best way to secure Gainful Employment? Write to a company/organization that you would like to work for. Against 'Subject' in your letter, write, Subject: Speculative Job Application - (state the vacancy you want)
All resumes should have an Objective or Summary = different descriptors for the same thing. Your Objective needs to be carefully crafted.
Example: Seeking employment with a reputable organization where I can put my skills and experience to enhance my employers business. To value the opportunity to improve customer focus and become a valued employee.

Note: Your emphasis should be on what you can do for the business, not what the company can do for you - in other words, you avoid the notion that you are using the job as a stepping stone to something better, even if you are. You will need to craft your own Objective. Frank Madero's book above will help you.
In Google Search? type ?Questions asked at a Job Interview? Do the same for ?Questions to ask at a Job Interview.?

Sample Objective: (Entry Level)
Seeking employment with a reputable company engaged in the business of *?Makeup Artist Work? where I can learn the necessary skills and be a valuable and productive employee. I am prepared to study any related material that will help me improve my skills. (*You specify the skill you are interested in.)

Very best wishes for success.

Admin

ansh 28.04.2006. 08:48

Help in writing resumes...? i wanna know about a site that helps in writing attractive resumes.I am a student pursuing my graduation. I currently have chemistry and life sciences as my subject. I want to work part time as a free lancer in India, mumbai.Anybody knows how exactly should i write my resume? I have been very good in my languages at both school and college level.Anybody can tell me where i can find such a job? anybody here offering such a job?Please contact me

ansh

Admin 28.04.2006. 08:48

Hi ansh

If you just Google the word 'resumes' then you will be provided with a whole host of websites that offer tips but there really are some general rules which if followed you cannot go wrong:

1. Personal information as a heading (i.e. name, address, telephone number, DOB and e-mail address);

2. Edcutaional institutions in chronological order starting from the earlierst complete with qualifications obtained (you don't have to list your grades if you don't want to, some people do if they performed really well but those who have achieved average grades may not disclose them, you really don't have to, you could simple write 'BA (hons)' etc);

3. List any relevant work experience and BULLET POINT the things you did, employers scan a CV from some 60 seconds so they wont be prepared to read an essay, keep it short and to the point;

4. List any relevant information regarding positions held, when I was in law school I was class president (wasn't really a big deal!) but I added this as it shows leadership qualities;

5. List your referees names, the position they hold (i.e. tutor) and their address and telephone number. Remember to seek their permission to be your referee before you list them on your CV so they are on notice. Also list at least 2 referees (I have 3);

6. Make sure your CV is no more than 2 PAGES!!! As previously mentioned, employers receive many applications and they don't want to spend longer than necessary reading through them, if you keep it short and concise this will work heavliy in your favour;

7. Don't forget your cover letter, this is the winning part that will sell you and secure you an interview so keep it positive and make sure you include all relevant information about your studies and any experience.

8. GOOOD LUCK! Hope this has helped, I followed the above fomat and my CV is fine, also let someone else read it and get a second opinion.

Admin

Steve 28.07.2010. 15:53

What can I do to improve my college applications? I am entering my Junior year in high school. I'm a student in IB (the program doesn't actually start until Junior year, so Pre-IB up until now), I have a 3.42 GPA, I am on my school's varsity golf team with a shot at being captain next year (I've been on varsity since my freshman year), and I try to enter local art shows, as I am very interested in that field (is this worth putting on the application). All IB students must do charity work, so I have been working on a few projects since the beginning of highschool.
I understand that summer jobs can help beef up an application, but my parents won't let me get one, as most jobs cannot work around the rest of my family's schedule and they want me to focus on golf. I was in a performing arts club at school, but the club will not continue next year and my mother said it won't be impressive on a college application anyway. I plan to join writer's club or peace club (a kind of charity club) next year at my school prior to the golf season.
Finally, some of the colleges I am thinking about are San Diego State University, University of San Fransisco, University of Arizona, and University of Colorado, as well as Boston University (still on the fence about that college).
What else could I do to improve my application? I have been stressing over this since Freshman year and I really want to impress the colleges I apply to. My counselor helped me open an account on collegeboard, to let colleges know I'm interested and help to improve my application, but some input from others would be fantastic!
Also, I am interested in art, design, and writing. I also enjoy Biology, but I'm thinking of studying to become and architect, advertising executive, or teacher.
This might also sound kind of random, but I would really enjoy righting children's novels, I've written a few short stories.

Steve

Admin 28.07.2010. 15:53

Hi,

I suggest that you visit your local/city library and borrow:

1) What Color is Your Parachute By; Richard N Bolles - it is a Job Search and Career Change Bible.

2) Look at some books about Resume Preparation and Ditto for Cover letters.

If you can afford it I suggest that you purchase the Book at (1) above because you will need it for on-going reference.

My suggestion is that you visit your local library and review all or any of the following Job Search/Career-Change books:

Allen. Jeffery G. - The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book - 4th Edition - ISBN 0-471-65125-7.

Beatty. Richard H. - The Resume Guide - 3rd Edition ? ISBN0-471-12403-6.

Betrus. Michael CPRW - Perfect Phrases for Resumes. ISBN 0-07-145405-5

Bolles. Richard N ? What Color Is Your Parachute? Job Hunter and Career Changers Manual
ISBN 1-58008-615-2. I suggest that you buy this book because you will need it for on-going reference.

Garside. Philip - The Secrets to getting a Job. ISBN 1-864-47097-6

Madero. Frank J. The Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X. (How to write a winning resume)
This Resume Guide. ISBN 1 74110 095 X - is a particularly good guide because it has a great range of sample resumes..

Some tips about Job Applications:
Type your job Applications on A4 White Paper - do not fold your letter or resume - use an A4 White Envelope to post them. Keep copies of your correspondence in separate folders near your phone with the name of each company written on a paper slip attached so that you may open the correct folder if you have more than one job application on the go. This helps when you receive a phone-reply to a job application - you simply ask who is calling and retrieve the correct folder.

The very best way to secure Gainful Employment? Write to a company/organization that you would like to work for. Against 'Subject' in your letter, write, Subject: Speculative Job Application - (state the vacancy you want)
All resumes should have an Objective or Summary = different descriptors for the same thing. You?re your Objective needs to be carefully crafted.
Example: Seeking employment with a reputable organization where I can put my skills and experience to enhance my employers business. To value the opportunity to improve customer focus and become a valued employee.

Note: Your emphasis should be on what you can do for the business, not what the company can do for you - in other words, you avoid the notion that you are using the job as a stepping stone to something better, even if you are. You will need to craft your own Objective. Frank Madero's book above will help you.
Don?t be shy to ask any teacher about questions you may be asked at a Job Interview ? what worked for them?
In Google Search Box - type 'Questions asked at a Job Interview?' Do the same for ?Questions to ask at a Job Interview.

Very best wishes for your success.

Admin

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