Be Sure You're Qualified for Job Opening


In the syndicated column she once wrote with Dale Dauten, Kate Wendleton talked about how to cut down on frustration when responding to want ads: “If you don’t fit 80 percent to 90 percent of the requirements listed, don’t bother to apply. Instead, turn your attention to jobs you really fit and are fit for.” Wendleton also suggests deploying your cover letter to “make yourself a logical choice for the ‘Keep’ pile” by using two columns in the cover letter, with listed requirements in Column A and your “fit” in Column B. “Make it easier to include you than to exclude you,” Wendleton writes. We give the same advice in our cover-letter books, Dynamic Cover Letters and Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates. See a sample of such a two-column letter.