Submit a poorly written cover letter and chances are your resume will end up in trash bin without even being looked at.
On other hand, a well written cover letter can almost guarantee you get an interview.
Interview Winning Cover Letters
Ok, you may not win any awards for cover letter that you enclose to your resume, but you may increase your odds it actually getting read, if you follow a few simple steps.
1. Keep it brief. Your resume is document that conveys your qualifications, therefore your cover letter need not go on and on about how wonderful you are.
2. Remember it serves a purpose. It is announcing you Ė and your enclosed information, your resume.
3. Tell them what youíre doing: Iím applying for position ofÖ Enclosed is my resume for position of Ö
4. Clearly state what position youíre applying for. Donít assume Human Resources person will automatically know what job you want or that they only have one opening.
5. Highlight a few of your strong suits. Although brevity is key here, you donít want to merely say, ďHereís my resume. Bub Bye.Ē
6. Donít be redundant with contact information. All that pertinent information should be on your resume.
7. Donít staple your cover letter to your resume. Often photocopies need to be made and it just frustrates person making copies to have to remove your staples. Use a paperclip if you feel need to attach it; else just send it on top of your resume.
8. Typos. Thatís an obvious one. Itís hard to proof your own work. Find one other person to give both your cover letter and resume a glance over. Youíre dead in water if your cover letter has misspellings, poor grammar or typos.