"Great. My resumes printed and ready to mail, so as soon as I slap
together a few general-sounding sentences in the cover letter Ill be
done." If this sounds anything like your own attitude toward cover letters,
you may be in for a rude awakening when your job search begins. Yes, the
resume is the heart and soul of the job search process, but remember that the
employer will see your cover letter first. If it turns him off for any reason,
your sparkling resume may never get a chance.
Despite its name, the cover letter is more than just a glorified transmittal
letter it is a letter of introduction, a selling tool, and a vehicle for
customizing your resume to a specific employers needs. Keep the following
tips in mind, and your cover letter may motivate the employer to read your
resume with interest, sympathy and even excitement.
Take a look at our sample pages to see
an example of an effective cover letter. If youre still having trouble getting
started, call an Accepted.com editor. Well be glad to help.