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8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

8 Tips for Better Email Cover Letters

Larry Buhl | HotJobs

Keywords Are Key

Because many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATSes) to find and screen candidates, skill-oriented keywords will boost your chance at being discovered, a recruiter at a large technology company says.

ATS tools track keywords that identify skill sets,” she says. “So even if you’re not right for the job you’re seeking, strong keywords improve the chance that your cover letter and resume will be retrieved in a future search or be selected for a more appropriate job.”

Play by Their Rules

Take the time to learn the company guidelines for submitting resumes, and follow them. Many companies list these guidelines on their Web sites. Also, don’t include attachments unless they are requested. Some companies block all emails with attachments to prevent viruses.

Check It Again

Thoroughly spell-check and proofread your email letter. And remember, your email software’s spell-checker won’t catch grammar mistakes. Send it to a friend first and ask him to check it for content and style. If all your friends are tapped out, or even if they aren’t, test your email cover letter by emailing it to yourself, and put yourself in the mind-set of an employer when you read it.

This article was originally published on Monster.com.

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