Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Cover letter tips

Though most of my appointments of late have been freshmen and sophomores seeking a suitable major, walk in traffic has been more concerned with the job search. And what stumps most people is the process of writing a cover letter.

Most cover letters follow a 3-4 paragraph format, but there are ways to make sure those brief paragraphs flow with fascinating text.

Cover Letter Magic, one of my favorites on the topic, lists the following Top 5 Cover Letter Writing Tips especially for new grads:

1. Highlight “professional: skills that you have developed through both professional and nonprofessional experiences. For example, if you have worked on important team projects while at school, communicate that you know how to get results in a team environment.

2. If technology skills are important to your chosen field, be sure to emphasize your skills in this area.

3. Mine your academic experiences for evidence of leadership skills. These are important in a work environment and are evidence of your potential.

4. Highlight your academic achievements (aunt bonnie would add—if that’s an area where you excel). They indicate your intelligence and competitiveness.

5. Relate your skills, experience, and interests to the employer’s needs ( very important and often overlooked point). Show that you understand the employers priorities and are ready to make a contribution; don’t simply state, “I’ve graduated! Now I need a job!”

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 10/26 at 08:10 AM
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