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12/09/10
Cover letters. Pointers for these introductory documents
Filed under: Public Relations docs
Posted by: site admin @ 12:06 pm

Excuse me for bringing this topic up again.  It
is essential that you know it is something every
resume reviewer will consider, even if just to
eliminate a candidate from consideration.

Rule of thumb:  A cover letter is expected for each
submission, except if they explicitly state do not
include a cover letter.  Most times it is expected.

Recently, a person sent a draft of their
public relations documents.  The cover letter
(1) had an important name in the heading misspelled
and (2) did not include their own address in the
heading part of the page.

My recommendation is to (3) minimize the use of “I”
did you hear me say that?  Let me say it again, use
few “I”s (– it requires you to think about different
ways of saying the same thing).  This person’s letter
used 7 “I”s in 3 paragraphs, where 5 would represent
her better.

While most people “get it” that it should (4) be short,
it should also include specific, pertinent items in
clear language.  Topics were mentioned in a general
fashion, rather than offering specific information.

Two leading resource are for cover letters are:
Quintcareers
Careersolvers
Both have detailed comments and one has terrific
examples to click through.

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