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Oct 13, 2007
Cover letters are just as important if not more so than your resume. The cover letter is the first thing that prospective employers will look at. Your cover letter needs to stand out and grab the attention of the prospective employer and land you that interview. The sad thing about cover letters is that not many job seekers know how to effectively write a cover letter. Most job seekers will go and use a free cover letter template that they found on the internet or out of book from the library or bookstore. These free run of the mill cover letters are over used and most prospective employers after seeing so many of them are just tossing them in the trash. When your cover letter lands in the trash can, you are doomed. So now that you see the importance of your cover letter it can probably seem like a real scary task with your future riding on the line. Cover letters made easy must also seem like an impossible dream at this point. In reality though creating an attention grabbing cover letter is really not that hard to do.

The first thing with a cover letter is to make sure that it is address to an actual person. If you do not know the name of the person then call the company and ask for the person's name that your resume should be sent to. Then use that name when addressing your cover letter. A prospective employer will see this and take notice thus ensuring that they will read on.

Next tell the company about your qualifications that you have that makes you right for the position thus fill their hiring needs. Make sure to address the company's specific hiring needs when telling about your qualifications and why you are right for the position. Do not make the prospective employer work hard though to see that you are right for the position. This section should be brief and to the point. Avoid anything that is long winded because your prospective employer also does not have time to read through a long winded cover letter. If need be use bullets to address your qualifications. This will allow for the prospective employer to easily scan your cover letter and quickly take in the necessary details of the cover letter.

Now you can move on to tell the prospective employer what it is that you like about their company. By telling them specifically what you like about their company you are complimenting them. Compliments can go along way in getting your prospective employers attention. Just remember to keep it short and sweet and make sure it is honest. You don't want to come across as false when detailing what you like about the company.

When ending your cover letter be assertive. This assertiveness shows the prospective employer that you are serious about your desire for the position in which you are applying. Inform them that you will be calling on a certain date to follow up with them and set up a time for an interview. This is your way of informing them that you want an interview and during your follow up call you will be asking for a time for one. Employers like employees that take initiative. Your cover letter is showing them up front that you do take the initiative.

Remember when putting together the above sections for your cover letter that the purpose of the cover letter is to land you an interview. Without the interview your career with the prospective company is going now where. You need to give them a cover letter that is fresh and original that addresses their hiring needs and shows how you can fill those hiring needs. By offering your prospective employer a fresh and unique cover letter that address those needs you will be showing your prospective employer that you are someone worth interviewing.

Now that you know what to add and how to add it to your cover letter, you can now write a cover letter that will get noticed and land you an interview. Cover letters made easy now don't seem so impossible once you see how it is done.
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Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over 200 articles on various subjects. For more information on covering letters checkout his recommended websites.
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