In Cover Letter: Don't Tell Your Life History or Repeat Your Resume


TeenaRoseBook.jpg A cover letter is nothing more than a sales tool designed to pique an employer’s interest in you. Focus your letter content on the parts of your resume that are relevant to the position — the qualifications that best help an employer decide why you should be hired for the job. Including irrelevant information, even if you think it makes you seem more impressive, wastes valuable letter “real estate.” If you’ve written an effective cover letter, the employer will want to take more time to read through your resume and learn about the things you left out.

This tip is excerpted with permission from Designing a Cover Letter to “Wow” Hiring Personnel, an e-book by Teena Rose. For more cover-letter tips, visit Teena’s Bookstore to download your copy for $27.77. You can also download a free 19-page excerpt.