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“Q” Letter is a Twist on the Cover Letter


A job-search letter technique that can be effective during tough times is what Marky Stein, calls a “Q” or qualifications letter. “This document is a short letter that compares your qualifications with the employer’s requirements for the job,” wrote Stein a while back on “It’s brief and concise enough to catch the reader’s eye with highly relevant material within those first crucial seconds. When you compose a Q letter, list only those qualifications that you meet or exceed. Requirements that you don’t meet or exceed may be omitted from the letter. Q letters can be especially effective for qualified candidates who haven’t succeeded with traditional direct-mail methods,” notes Stein. See our version of a sample “Q letter.”