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Types of Resume Cover Letters

The type of cover letter that you will use depends on your individual circumstances. Using a different cover letter for each job application will personalize your job search. Read on to find out more about cover letters and how they make a difference in finding a job.

The different resume cover letter formats include:

  • Broadcast – Aimed at a general job market
  • General – Aimed at the job market in general
  • Networking – Aimed at creating a network of people  to help you
  • Letter Directed To Recruiters – Aimed at getting recruiters to find you a job
  • Targeted – Aimed at a specific job
  • Letter in Response To Classified Advertising – Aimed at a specific job that was advertised in the media
  • Application After Personal Meeting – Aimed at submitting an application after meeting with someone who may have a job available

All resume cover letters have one common objective, which is to sell you to the reader, get your resume noticed, and help you obtain an interview.

Cover letters include four main paragraphs:

  1. The first paragraph is a unique introduction that explains why you are writing. This opening must grab the reader’s attention and make him or her want to read the rest of the letter. Provide some key information about you that is relevant and important to the company. This is where researching a company makes a big difference. Make sure this opening paragraph is only two or three sentences long.
  2. Paragraph two describes your positive characteristics, which will answer the reader’s question, “Why should we interview you?” More specifically, show how your experience and skills can fill their organization’s needs. Take your past positive experiences and use them to explain what you can bring to the company. Use examples; they are a great way to demonstrate your skills. Make sure that the personal qualities you mention match the company’s needs.
  3. The third paragraph describes your motives; let the employer know why you want to work for their company. This gives the impression that you are not just looking for any position, but, specifically, a position with their organization. This will put you a step ahead of the competition.
  4. The closing paragraph requests an interview. Try to make this part fresh, interesting, and relevant. Many people believe that the resume cover letter indicates you are asking for an interview, and, therefore, they do not close with a request for an interview. Many times, the outcome could very well be no interview.

Remember, if you don’t ask for something, you won’t get it.  Make your statements strong, and see them as a call for action.

Don’t forget to thank the reader for his/her time in reading your letter and resume.

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