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The 13 Best-Kept Cover Letter Secrets

The 13 Best-Kept Cover Letter Secrets
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Think no one reads a cover letter? WRONG!

The small things really do make the difference.

Some hiring managers only look at a cover letter because it should give them everything they really want to know about you.

Some hiring managers find resumes boring and they only want to see the good stuff where you really brag about yourself and tell them exactly why they should hire you.

That is why an AWESOME cover letter truly is important!

Here are 13 secrets that will turn your cover letter from boring to AWESOME:

  1. Send a customized cover letter for each application you submit.  The letter can be similar to other jobs you have applied to but you want to change the company name and job title in each cover letter. You also want to show that you have done some research on the company and why you would make a great fit.
  2. Make sure you connect the skills and experiences that are required on the job description to your actual skills and experiences on your resume. Make it easy for them on the cover letter by highlighting exactly what they are looking for.
  3. Your resume should complement, not duplicate your resume.  Don’t make it terribly long and just repeat what you had on your resume.
  4. Less is more!  Get right to the point.  3-4 paragraphs with 3-4 sentences each.
  5. Send as a PDF.  It’s cleaner and not every office can read certain doc files.
  6. Have a FABULOUS closer to keep you #1 in their mind!
  7. Have a FABULOUS introduction to make sure they keep reading!
  8. Your cover letter should show that you have done research about what the company does and how you can help them cut costs/increase profits (or whatever your specialty is).  Tell them what makes you special.
  9. Complete the statement “I like your company because….” Compliment the organization on what they have done right and what you admire about them.
  10. Discuss your soft skills and strengths and what makes you passionate about your career and this job that you are applying for.
  11. Show your enthusiasm!!  Don’t be boring and make them want to fall asleep!
  12. Brag about yourself and talk about all of your awesome achievements!
  13. Keep it conversational and show your personality off!

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Anna is the voice for women who want to upgrade their leadership and accelerate their career success. Anna has successfully worked in a male-dominated field for eight years as a Government Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She is a leadership coach and founder of one of the top career development blogs, Classy Career Girl , which recently made the Forbes “Top 100 Websites For Your Career” list and Forbes "Most Influential Career Sites For 2014." She is a Professor of Management at DeVry University and her career advice has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance and People Stylewatch magazine. She's the author of the popular new book "The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men" and the go-to gal when you want to talk about how to be the best female leader possible. Anna is also a featured guest expert on Fox 5 New San Diego and San Diego 6 News.

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