We now are in the world of technology. Employers know they need to meet job seekers where they are-using their smart phones. Everyone,employer and job seeker, want the hiring process over yesterday.
Let’s face it-the job search,networking to find the “Hidden Job Market” and sending your resume and cover letter…all to land the interview. Employers that have a way to receive resumes through their web site or a jobs site like JHUjobs-Johns Hopkins job service. The cover letter, however is not dead and many job search sites suggest you submit both the resume with cover letter-a Dear Prospective Employer cover letter as you don’t know who may read this.
Think of it this way, a cover letter shows how you communicate, how you write. It explains why your resume is attached and information besides what’s on the resume. Use a thesaurus and spell check. Have a disinterested party read it to proof it and to see if you’re communicating well so a person not in your field understands. The employer is looking for a way to pare down the number of candidates. Often, typos, spelling or poorly constructed sentences can be used a criteria.
This is really important-the ending of your cover letter needs to have, in business terms,a Call To Action-the next steps…an interview.
The cover letter that rises above the pack uses the language in the job listing! Your goal is for the Employer/hiring manager…to see how perfect you are for the position. Never bring up skills you do not possess. You’ll be “shooting yourself in the foot”!
Do, however give examples of how you used that skill. Briefly. A cover letter is usually 3-4 paragraphs-not a novel!
Be sure you talk about next steps. In my 27 years in Transitions and Career Development, I’ve never heard of an employer hire based on resume and cover letter alone! The next step is the interview.
There are two main ways to end a cover letter. One, “I will be looking forward to setting up a mutually convenient time for an interview”. With the fast pace, you may hear from the employer almost immediately-especially in response to a networking relationship. I’ve written on networking several times-just check the archives. You also may decide you want more control,”I will be calling you next week (or earlier).
Even though your contact information is on the resume, you still give your contact information. Sincerely, and your name-if hand-carrying it, Sincerely, skip 4 lines, your name and your signature is in the middle.
You’ve given the next step- and of course, you land the interview!
Now, the next steps or my call to action, please share your job search experiences or ask any question.