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Writing Cover Letters for Resumes: It’s Essential For Your Success

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If you are sending resumes to employers, you need to be sure you are also writing cover letters for those resumes, too. Writing cover letters for resumes is not difficult, but it is necessary if you intend to make a great impression on prospective employers.

Cover letters are a prelude to the resume. They explain parts of the resume that might need clarification. They start the selling of YOU before the employer even gets to read your actual qualifications. They build up your credentials so that the prospective employer is already interested in getting to know you better.

Some resume experts do not believe that writing cover letters for resumes is important, but there is one thing for certain. It will never work against you. If an employer likes to read cover letters before reading resumes, then you are ahead of the other candidates for the position. If the employer does not care one way or the other, then you have lost nothing by including one.

A cover letter is a great way to prepare and excite the employer about what they will find in the resume. Don’t recite what is in the resume, but highlight certain elements of your character, your accomplishments and your background so that the employer is interested in knowing more about you.

There is one awesome thing about writing cover letters for resumes that makes them an essential part of your job search: you can target the job and the employer much better than by simply using a resume alone.

The cover letter should be personalized and directed to each company in which you are interested in working. Point out specific areas of the job that interest you. Explain why working for that particular company is of importance to you. When you add these elements into your cover letters, they will be read more thoroughly and you will be more likely to receive a phone call for a job interview.

There are some people who say that the resume gets read first, then the cover letter. Others say just the opposite. For you, it will not matter as your resume and cover letter will both be targeted to the position you are seeking. It does not matter which one gets read first. Employers like to have both, so you need to provide both.

Writing cover letters for resumes is what differentiates the best job candidates from the rest of the crowd. Yours should convince the employer to grant you an interview.

You can be the success you want to be by working hard and making the extra effort.

For information about a great cover letter guideline, read this: Cover Letter Guideline

Carla Vaughan

Carla is the owner of a, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books.

To read more about cover letters, follow this link: Cover Letters


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  • Posted On December 9, 2006
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