Cover Letter Should Give Employer What Counts


As a cover-letter writer and job-seeker — you must give employers what counts: a letter that complements your resume, serves as your first writing sample, and focuses the reader on what you have to offer, what you bring to the position, and why you are a suitable candidate. So says career counselor Louise Giordano in her article for Quint Careers, Cover Letters Count!. Giordano notes that the cover letter elaborates, clarifies, or adds material in clear language that is compelling and sharp. A terrific resume might never get read if the cover letter doesn’t hook the reader. Make a strong case for why you are a good fit for the job, providing specific examples matched to the employer’s needs as stated in the job description. Point the reader to qualifications and experiences that clearly show your fit.