Welcome back to our job search blog series. Hard to believe it’s 13 in your Get Hired strategy sequence. Are you following the steps?
Question of the Day: How do you increase your chances of getting selected for an interview?
Job search tip 12#: Target Your Cover Letter
Most employers have a multi-phase applicant screening process. Writing customized cover letters takes more time but in order to make it pass the first round of screening you must target your cover letter specifically to the company to which you are applying. Address the cover letter to the hiring manager if you have their contact information.
A cover letter should be one page or less. Get straight to the point by responding to the job ad and highlighting your qualifications. The first paragraph should include how you learned about the position. Use your research skills to learn all you can about the company then briefly mention a key piece of information that you learned. Follow the qualifications in the job posting to show how your skills and experiences match the employee the company is seeking. Targeted key words should be used in your cover letter as well as your resume. Remember that your cover letter is the place to expand on the details of your resume not repeat them.
Stay tuned for job search tip #13 tomorrow.
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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.
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