Sunday, 11 September 2011

How to write a resume cover letter

Writing a resume cover letter is much easier than it seems, However many people find writing a cover letter a daunting task and are at a loss when it comes to this task.

Before we go ahead with some cover letter writing tips, let’s look at what is a resume cover letter. A cover letter is a letter of introduction that you send along with your resume when you apply for a job. A cover letter is a very important document and can make the difference between getting a shot at the interview and getting rejected.

The cover letter is supposed to be the first interaction that you have with a prospective employer, this is why it is very important that you spend considerable time and effort to come up with a perfect cover letter. A shoddy cover letter would cloud over your skills and expertise and result in failure.
So what makeups up a perfect cover letter?
A cover letter creates that important first impression on an employer and thus must help the reader interpret your resume; it should give your resume a personal touch; however you should ensure that your resume cover letter does not duplicate content of your resume.

Your resume cover letter must first and foremost identify yourself to the reader.  It should state the reason you are sending across your resume, the position that you are applying for in that organisation, it should state the reason why you are interested in joining that organisation. Your cover letter must also state your experience in the field, the skills that you possess in the relevant field.

You should ensure that your cover letter is short and to the point, never write a cover letter that rambles on about your achievements in your field; a cover letter must never be more than a page and should be limited to a few lines. 

You can follow these simple tips to come up with a great cover letter or browse through the link given here for some cover letter examples.

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