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  • 1.  How to Make a Cover Letter Shine

    Posted 11-10-2020 08:22
    Edited by Quinn Drew 11-10-2020 08:23
    I came across this post in my email this morning: "The 6 Biggest Mistakes Job-Seekers Make On Cover Letters" and it made me think back to a time where I wrote a cover letter for a job I really wanted, had a friend look it over, and her response was: "it's good... but it's also really boring." She was totally right - I'd done all the things I was "supposed to do" according to the advice from my college advisors, but ultimately, it was just hum-drum. Since then, I've been writing cover letters as more of a story - an introduction not just to what I've done, but to who I am. 

    In particular, I love this: 

    Mistake 3: You don't sell yourself.
    Don't just make your cover letter a summary of what you've done in your career. Make it a persuasive story that shows why you are the best candidate for the job.

    "Instead of going on and on about your credentials and years of experience like everyone else does, talk more about the impact you've made and how you can support them in overcoming their challenges," Denny said.

    What's persuasive to a hiring manager is showing how you're the problem-solver they need right now. "In your letter, especially in the opening, it's important for you to show that you understand what the employer needs and how you're the answer to that problem," Watkins said.

    What about you...
    What have you found to be effective in your cover letters?
    Or, if you're a hiring manager, what do you like about cover letters you read?

    #careerdevelopment #coverletter #jobhunt

    - Drew

  • 2.  RE: How to Make a Cover Letter Shine

    Posted 04-14-2021 08:58
    Updating this thread to include this handy-dandy resource I found today on the Muse - How to Start A Cover Letter: 31 Attention-Grabbing Examples. These examples are grouped into the following categories: 

    • Start with passion
    • Start with your love of the company
    • Start with an attribute or accomplishment
    • Start with Humor or creativity 
    I like those categories, but I think the most important part is that the cover letter highlights who you are and the style you bring. The last cover letter I wrote started like this: 

    Dear Rotary colleagues, 
    I'm a dreamer. 

    What'd you write in yours?
    Is there anything you found in the link above that inspired you for the next one you write?

    Stay awesome,