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4. Never mention work experience in cover letter that isn't included on your resume. This no-no equals an automatic strike out.
5. Make sure it contains no typos or poor grammar. Have someone proof your letter before using it.
6. Know what you are applying for. Be specific. Know job title. Never say you'll take anything available. You are a professional. State job title you are wanting to be considered for in first paragraph of your cover letter.
7. I always asked candidates why they wanted to work for me. This is where they had opportunity to impress me by saying something like: "Because your company is largest retailer of wireless communication devices, I feel strongly that I should position my future with a leader in industry." Do you see what I mean? I want to know that they have done a little research. I want to know that they understand my business and at same time they see a opportunity for self-fulfillment within my company. This is information you include in first paragraph of cover letter.
8. Next, I want to know how a candidate will contribute to my company. This is paragraph number two. I want to know specifically how your set of skills and past experiences will directly impact company. This is "What can you do for company?" section.
9. Never conclude a letter with a flippant "I hope you call me" type of ending. Always specify a date that you will follow-up with company and how you will follow-up.
Applying these tips will help you to be a step ahead of pack. Recruiters routinely discard many applicants based solely on a poor written cover letter and resume. Since your goal is to get in door for an interview, taking time to create a winning cover letter is a tactic you can't afford to skip!
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