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Job Stuff Again! Need help with Cover Letter for Resume

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jjlaughner, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. jjlaughner

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    Ok Usually I just start typing in brief info from my resume, degree, past work, interestes for a cover letter. I found this job I REALLY want (Network Specialist - entry level) and need some tips on a killer cover letter.
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    my resume from Monster and similar to my mailing resume

    Anyone /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
    Thanks for the help, I NEED A J.O.B.!
     
  2. jjlaughner

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    this is the job listing... ITS ALL ME

    Position available for high aptitude, entry to mid-level technologist willing to learn and grow. Our fast paced service environment supports many small businesses in the greater Indianapolis area. Successful candidates will have demonstrated skills as a problem solver/master troubleshooter. He/she will be resourceful and know where to find answers to client system problems. Success depends on applying process thinking and documenting solutions. Our 1st priority is keeping our clients happy.

    Candidate must have working knowledge of TCP/IP, Networking, Microsoft Server (NT, 2000), Desktop (W98, ME, 2000, XP), Office (97,2000, XP), Firewalls and Routers. Experience with Exchange and certifications are a plus.

    This is an excellent opportunity for the IT technologist with some experience, and great aptitude.
     
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    Keep it short and sweet - it's an introduction. Your resume has all the meat - don't put any information (skills, degree, experience, etc.) in the cover letter cause the prospective employer will never read your resume. Close by saying that you look forward to hearing from them in the near future, or say something to the affect that you'll call next week to schedule an interview. Good luck! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Ok Usually I just start typing in brief info from my resume, degree, past work, interestes for a cover letter. I found this job I REALLY want (Network Specialist - entry level) and need some tips on a killer cover letter.
    /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif

    my resume from Monster and similar to my mailing resume

    Anyone /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
    Thanks for the help, I NEED A J.O.B.!

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Here is some general guidelines that I have used with pretty good success:

    1)Use brief overviews of your skills in the cover letter, but don't give lots of detail. This should be the teaser in the cover that makes them want to look through the resume to find the nitty-gritty. So you might say, "I feel that my extensive experience with TCP/IP is a direct fit for the position that I am applying for." That way you have pointed out the skill without going into the gory details of your TCP/IP skills. That will come later.

    Choose the major matches from your skillset and experience that you want to point out more than anything else in your resume. Pick two or three that you want to highlight and use them as above in the cover letter.

    Use the cover letter as a way to show that you have the major high points that they are looking for, then let them dig through the resume to find the particulars.

    It's late so if this doesn't make sense just pm me... I have hired a lot of people and looked through literally thousands of cover/resume sets, so I can tell you what gets the round file and what gets into the callback pile.

    Sal
     

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