How to Get a Killer Resume Cover Letter
4. Write well! Resume cover letters are a prime place to demonstrate that you have strong grammar, writing and communication skills, said Kenny, the Melville, Long Island-based chief career officer at Adecco Group North America.
5. Don’t recreate your resume. You might underscore one or two points on your resume, but be selective and don’t turn the resume cover letter into a laundry list, Ivey said. Learn how to write a cover letter that is unique.
6. Have someone else read it. A second set of eyes is always a good idea, Kenny said, and after someone reads your letter, ask if he or she thinks it’s effective.
7. What about responding to ads that ask for salary history? While this is a difficult question to address in a resume cover letter, DeCarlo said it’s best not to ignore it. Be broad and vague, giving a general salary range, and stress that you’re negotiable.
8. Finish with a statement that keeps the conversation rolling. “A good resume cover letter has an action close, that asks to take the next step,” DeCarlo said. She explained that many job-seekers aren’t interested in coming on too strong, so she suggests a phrase such as “I look forward to hearing from you.”
9. Follow up! Ivey encourages job-seekers to follow-up. “I think when it comes to your own job search you need to take more control,” she said. If you’re hesitant because an ad reads “No phone calls,” Ivey suggests sending an e-mail to follow up your resume cover letter.
Kristina Cowan is the senior writer for PayScale.com. She has over 10 years of journalism experience, specializing in education and workforce issues. Email Kristina Cowan.
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