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From Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella

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Cover Letters

Cover Letters

Not every computerized or human screener pays attention to cover letters, but an applicant had better assume that a cover letter will be screened. After all, executive career coach Phil Rosenberg reports that most hiring managers he surveyed had passed on candidates with great resumes because of their inadequate cover letters.

Cover letters are a concise way to communicate your value to a company, and some recruiters and hiring managers do use them to winnow candidates. They demonstrate your attention to detail and anticipation of the company’s needs. They may seem like small stuff, but sweating the small stuff could make the difference between making the cut or missing your chance.

 

Read these five stories to start corresponding better:

How to Write a Great Cover Letter

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

Getting Your Cover Letter Noticed

Understanding your cover letter’s electronic journey will give you an edge when matching wits with automated applicant tracking systems.

Writing a Cover Letter to Control Your Message

Sales vice president Patricia K. is taking charge of her job search with a letter and a resume that catch the eye and tell a story.

Creating Effective Cover Letters

Do cover letters matter? Do recruiters and human resources managers even look at the correspondence that accompanies your resume and job application? The answers vary widely even among career experts and HR pros, many of whom have strong opinions on the matter.

'My Cover Letter Was Out of Shape'

After this job seeker discovered that physical activity motivated him to slim down at the gym and shape up his job search, his company-to-be found him on OpsLadder.

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