Cover-Letter Wants: Clarity, Consistency, Conciseness, Accomplishments


Continuing our series excerpted from our new, free white paper, Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of Traditional Cover-letter Advice for Today’s Job Search, which you can download here. If you prefer not to download, you can read the contents here. WhitePaperScreenshot.jpg In this part of the series, we asked hiring decision-makers what they look for in a cover letter. Each post over the next several days will reveal one decision-maker’s response:
  • Clarity — well written, clear as to the intent and purpose.
  • Consistency with my needs and what’s on the resume and my job/company’s needs addressed.
  • Concise — tell me what I need to know about you.
  • What have you accomplished that is relevant to my needs and my company.
  • One page max.
  • Attractive formatting — page layout, font size and style, white space, easy to read.

— Fred R. Cooper, managing partner, Compass HR Consulting, LLC See all the parts of the white paper/Cover Letter Reboot package: Cover Letter Wish List: Hiring Decision-Makers Reveal What They Want to See in Cover Letters, Hiring Decision-Makers Cite Top Cover-Letter Mistakes that Disqualify Job-Seekers, and Cover Letters That Wowed: Hiring Decision-Makers Describe Winning Cover Letters.