Powerful Cover Letter Tips

Career expert Kevin Donlin offers a number of great cover-letter tips. Here’s a sampling:

  1. Cut down on sentences that begin with “I” and adopt a “you” perspective. Note how ad copy is liberally sprinkled with “you.” Your cover letter, after all, is an advertisement for your resume.
  2. Use your cover letter to convey enthusiasm for the job you’re applying for. Enthusiasm sells.
  3. Using a proactive closer in your letter, in which you state that you’ll follow up to schedule an interview will set you apart from the crowd with its determination and confidence.
  4. Instead of just relating what you did in your jobs, tell what the outcomes are. Impress employers by telling them what positive things happened as a result of what you did.

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