The global job market is about as tough as it’s been in several years. Here are two cover letter secrets you’ll want to take advantage of as soon as I share them with you.
Secret #1: Powerful Networking Cover Letters Open the Door To Success
Here is a hard-working tool that is both flexible and resilient. It will help you contact the people in your life who can give you the most useful and practical assistance you’ll need to gain an interview with the hiring managers and resource professionals who have the power to hire you for the job you want. Don’t overlook these amazing individuals in your life: family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and professional acquaintances.
Ask for their employment leads, referrals from their circle of influence, and for personal introductions. These are the avenues you’ll want to pursue with passion and persistence. Get started now by creating a master list of the names of all the people who come to mind. Free write. Don’t stop and edit. Avoid telling yourself you don’t know this man or that woman well enough to contact. Set aside any negative talk that dismisses a particular individual. Your job now is to write as many names down as fast as you can. Look through your file cabinet, your wallet or purse, your junk drawer, wherever you can think of to locate business cards, brochures, flyers, or other printed materials that may contain a name and phone number or address of someone who might have a job lead for you.
Don’t forget church or club rosters, e-mail address book, association membership lists and so on. Take your time. This is an essential part of the success of Secret #1. Keep in mind that the more people who know about you and what you’re looking for, the better the results.
Next, write your networking cover letter and send to each person on your list:
â€¢ Confine your letter to one page.
â€¢ List your strengths and abilities.
â€¢ State your career preference.
â€¢ Ask for referrals and job leads.
â€¢ Fasten your resume to the cover letter.
â€¢ Send a thank you note to those who respond.
Secret #2: Double Your Chance For Success
The resume cover letter combines the best features of a cover letter and a resume. Once you use this tool, you’ll return to it again and again because it is so effective. It catches the interest of headhunters, recruiters, and placement agencies because each of these entities looks for clarity and brevity all in one letter.
Here’s what to do. Pull together the most important points from your resume and put them in a bulleted list within the letter itself. Stick to one page, if possible. Remember the slogan, ‘less is more.’ The amazing resume cover letter will help you make your point, ask for an interview, and produce resultsâ€”the job you’re looking for.
Tough times call for smart “outside the box” job search strategies. Don’t wait another minute. Sit down now and write these two power-packed documents â€”the networking cover letter and the resume cover letter to give your job search a real advantage.
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.” Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your “instant” cover letter today. “In just 3Â½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!” with The All-In-One Resume Cover Letter