A NEW Kind of Cover Letter For Your Job Search?

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Jimmy Sweeney, author of the “Amazing Cover Letter Creator,” suggests writing a cover letter that “take[s] back control and win[s] more interview opportunities immediately.” Here’s how Sweeney says to do so:
  1. Write a NEW kind of cover letter. ASK for the job interview and mean it. No polite suggestions or innuendos. Be upfront, clear and direct:
    “I would appreciate meeting in person to discuss the position of [fill in job title here]. I will adjust my schedule to meet yours. What time and date work best for you? I welcome the opportunity for a personal interview.” (Now THAT’S a statement that all but demands a response.)
    “May we schedule an interview when it works best for you? [Insert company name here], is at the top of my list of companies I’d like to work for and I’d love to meet with you in person to discuss the position of [fill in job title here].” (Another nice, clear and direct statement to be called for the job interview).
  2. Dial an interview. Wait for several days after you mail your cover letter. Then pick up the phone and call the person in charge and ASK for an interview person-to-person. Don’t sound pushy, just eager to get together. Your enthusiasm will impress him/her. Example: “Are you free for 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon? I would love to interview for the position of [fill in job title here].
  3. Send an e-mail. Professionals today rely on e-mail for quick messages. Use this effective means of communicating to your advantage. Follow up your original cover letter with an e-mail reminder. Something like this will work.
    Dear Mr./Ms. Jones:
    On September 10 I sent a cover letter and resume to apply for the position of sales manager at Sunshine Corporation. I’m sure you have many applications to sort through but I feel confident that I’m just what you’re looking for. I would welcome the chance to interview for this position and am asking for that opportunity when your schedule permits. Thank you for taking a moment to read my request. I look forward to meeting with you in person.
    Jill Job Seeker jilljobseeker@xyz.com
“That’s it!,” Sweeney says. “Take charge in an upbeat and friendly way, and you’ll be in charge. And remember to follow up everything. Step up to the quality job interviews today — and tomorrow you just may be launching the career of your dreams.” Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new www.amazing-cover-letters.com. Jimmy is also the author of several career-elated books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job Search Secrets.”

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