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The Key To Landing an Interview

Aug 17, 2007
Finding a job is one of the most stressful situations one can find oneself in. If you are looking to land your first position it can be very intimidating. You have no idea what to expect. Your resume can seem thin and you do not have many networking contacts.

That is not to say that it is not equally difficult to find a new job for the seasoned professional. Explaining a layoff ( or termination) or time off between jobs can be hard and sometimes embarrassing. Having the resources to cover time off between positions is hard for anyone. Finding a good position is the number one goal of anyone looking to find work.

There are many more people looking for good jobs then there are positions available. If you are looking for a position, it is very important that your prospective employer notices your application or resume. In order to do that, you need a good cover letter.

Cover letters are often overlooked by people when they are looking for a position. They can spend a great deal of money paying a professional to write their resume. They then hastily throw together a cover letter and send it off, hoping for results.

In order to get your application to the top of the file, you need a cover letter that makes the prospective employer want to meet with you. It needs to directly ask for the chance to be interviewed. It needs to stand out from the pile of resumes that the prospective employer has to go through. If it does not, your resume, no matter how brilliantly written will get thrown in the garbage without even a second glance.

The cover letter is the first opportunity you have to make a good impression. If it is poorly written or hard to understand or does not clearly state what you are looking for, it is likely that you will not be called in for a interview. It is your chance to get your foot in the door and stand out from the crowd. In fact, I believe that a perfectly written cover letter can be more important then the actual resume itself. It is important to spend as much time writing the cover letter as you spend on perfecting your resume.

Cover letter writing is a very important aspect of job searching. A great cover letter can cut the time it takes you to get a job. It will land you more interviews and therefore more opportunities to get hired. If you are looking for a job, you need to spend as much time writing personal cover letter for each position you are applying for as you do perfecting your resume. The cover letter should be tailored to each prospective position and clearly ask for the opportunity to be interviewed. Writing a cover letter for your resume needs to be taken very seriously. It can make the difference in whether or not you have the opportunity to get the job.
About the Author
Jennie Crawford is a stay at home mom of two children. If you are looking for more information on cover letter writing, see: http://www.jenniecrawford.com/workingathome
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