Even Very Short Cover Letter Can Target Employer's Needs


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 to describe cover letters that really wowed them. Each post over the next several days will reveal one decision-maker’s response: When I had been looking for a Web designer, I received an email with the cover letter in the body. It was from a woman who had good experience and happened to truly understand what I was looking for. The cover letter was short, but she really honed in on my needs. She took the time to review the job description in its entirely, reviewed my Website, and then in two sentences explained how she could fulfill the needs of my specific business and grow my business. I was very impressed with her going above and beyond and taking the extra time to do a little research. And she did it all in one short paragraph.
   — Jeff Gordon, founder of LA-based online marketing agency InterActive99.com. 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.