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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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Comments 4

  • Great article. I am not looking for a job now, but I will bookmark your web-site. I also shared it on facebook and will send it to my daughter.
    Thank you.

  • Great help for a great group! I admire and honor the work you are doing with teens! Great book, I wish I had it when my friend’s foster teen was leaving the nest. Are you working with adults, too? Thanks for an interesting read!

    • Thanks for stopping by Georgia Lee. Yes, I am working with teens adults. In addition to the various life skills services offered to teens, I am providing training for educators and youth workers as well as individual support for adults seeking employment. Please feel free to share the site with others.

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