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Old 03-01-2009, 10:26 AM
moneysearcher moneysearcher is offline
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Originally Posted by Tsveta View Post
Top 10 Cover letter tips

Cover letters are typically one page documents. The cover letter is a business letter directed to a prospective employer that indicates your interest in employment with an organization. Usually it accompanies your resume, aiming to introduce it. Since resumes arriving without a cover letter are rarely read, think of the resume and the cover letter as a team.

1. Keep it short and on topic.
2. Emphasize your strengths.
3. State your skills and degree upfront.
4. Personalize it to a specific individual if possible
5. Tailor it to the position you are applying for.
6. Write about your salary expectations.
7. Clearly state that you are available for an interview.
8. State why you are interested to work for them.
9. Include contact information, phone or email and time you can be contacted for an interview.
10. Thank them for their time and express confidence that you will meet.
Your tips are really worth following, I will also suggest trying some techniques like calling up the recruiter to understand the personality of the hiring manager or which department requires the role advertised. It will not be too difficult if you are targeting something very specific to your domain before sending the cover letter and resume.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:11 PM
halo6 halo6 is offline
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I would not include your salary expectations unless asked.

Even then, I would put in a range. OR tell them that you are open to any competitive offer. Pinning yourself down on a specific number can be risky. Too low...they start wondering about your skill level or experience. Too high, then you are over budget. Unless you are absolutely certain about the salary range within a few grand, I would not take the risk.
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:51 PM
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Brilliant tips Tsveta. Writing a great cover letter could take a bit of time and patience, but it's definitely an investment that can pay off big time! If I may add, keep it simple and use job-appropriate language (or not too stuffy) and avoid pretentious phrases.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:50 AM
albissmith albissmith is offline
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Thanks a lot for sharing this important information on cover letter.I was really seeking these kinds of help.It's going to help me and other people as well.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:27 AM
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Default Brief but useful

Brief but I must say very useful ones...
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