If you’ve got a gap of time between jobs on your resume, what’s the best way to present it? Should you ignore a career gap? Note it on the resume? Or save an explanation for the interview?
Writing a cover letter often seems like a particularly daunting task. However, if you take it one step at a time, you’ll soon be an expert at writing cover letters to send with your resume.
A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so, it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters.
A cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Its purpose is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume and add a personal touch. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression.
There are three general types of cover letters:
The application letter which responds to a known job opening (review samples)
The prospecting letter which inquires about possible positions (review sample)
The networking letter which requests information and assistance in your job search (review samples)
Your cover letter should be designed specifically for each purpose outlined above as well as for each position you seek. Do not design a form letter and send it to every potential employer (you know what you do with junk mail!).
Effective cover letters explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization and identify your most relevant skills or experiences (remember, relevance is determined by the employer’s self-interest). They should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.
Next, what to include, how to format your cover letter, and following up with prospective employers.
When you are job hunting, it’s important to choose a type of cover letter that is appropriate for how you are applying for a job or requesting job search assistance.
There are three different types of cover letters including application letters, letters of interest, and networking letters. The cover letter you use will be determined by whether you are applying directly for a job or seeking job search help.
Picture yourself walking into one of those huge
video stores to rent a movie only to find thousands of films displayed
in unmarked cases. Instead of the usual plot synopsis, photos of exciting scenes, and lists of glamorous stars.
By Hans H. Chen
Anil Dash, the former chief information technology officer for an online music video production studio in Manhattan, lost his job this January when the company fired nearly all its employees.