"Cover" your resume - September 25th, 2014
Cover letter with your resume?
Never send your resume without a cover letter. Never.
HERE ARE THE TOP TEN REASONS TO SEND A COVER LETTER WITH YOUR RESUME (and thereâ€™s no reason NOT to).
10. Introduce yourself. When you walk into a room, or a party, or whatever, donâ€™t you first introduce yourself? Same thing.
9. Explain why youâ€™re writing and sending your resume. Let the reader know â€“ at the very start of the letter â€“ that youâ€™re referring to a job ad, a job posting, a mutual acquaintance, or a common experience (school or conference). Itâ€™s a frame of reference.
8. By keeping it short and to the point, you can get the readerâ€™s attention. This means no more than 100-120 words, something that can be read in about 15-20 seconds. If you can make your point this quickly, chances are much better that theyâ€™ll read your resume!
7. Make it personal. Youâ€™re writing to a specific person. This way, you can customize it. You canâ€™t do that with a resume.
6. Show what you know. Do some research on the company and show it off in the letter. It doesnâ€™t need to be extensive, just relevant. You canâ€™t do that in your resume, either, at least not as well as in your letter.
5. Tell them what you can do for them. Hereâ€™s where you can connect the dots between your skills and their needs. One good sentence might be all thatâ€™s necessary to do it, but hereâ€™s where you customize what you write.
4. Show off your communication skills. Short, compact sentences â€“ with no wasted words or extra fluffâ€“ will demonstrate your communication skills. Even in the 15-20 seconds the reader will devote to your letter, you can make a big impression.
3. Highlight pertinent accomplishments. Not everything on your resume relates directly to the person reading it. However, some things on your resume are â€śspot on.â€ť Each cover letter lets you highlight what matters most to the person reading your resume.
2. Ask for an interview. At the end of your cover letter, ask for a meeting and state that youâ€™ll be happy to follow up with a call. Action, action, action!!!
And the #1 reason: Mama brought you up right. If nothing else, manners matter. A cover letter proves you have them.