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Instant Cover Letters - Secret #2

For a Wildly Successful Job Search - Use These 2 ‘Not-So-Famous’ Cover Letters

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney

President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,

Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

If landing the job of your dreams were as easy as posting your resume online with one of those big job sites everyone would be happily employed.

Just imagine, you kick up your feet, take a drink from your tall glass of lemonade, wait 10 days and comb through the dozens of job offers from all over the globe!

“Welcome to “Job Search Fantasy Island.”

The smart job hunter uses every strategy available to expand his or her 'job reach’ as efficiently and effectively as possible. If you want the job you’ll need to go to work! (Pun intended).

Today I’m going to reveal the power of using two ‘not-so-famous’ cover letters that will add a couple of legs to your job search, giving you the reach of a multi-tasking octopus!

#1: Networking with a “Networking Cover Letter”

The networking cover letter is a powerful way to reach friends and professional contacts asking for employment leads, referrals, advice and introductions. You are not asking for a job but rather their assistance in connecting you with people and opportunities.

A networking cover letter is the ‘vehicle’ you can use to open up a new world of opportunity by tapping into other peoples’ contacts, connections and knowledge.

Tap into your network immediately and produce quality job leads for yourself right away. Create your own list from these available sources: friends, friends of friends, family, current and former coworkers, professional organizations, your spouse, and everyone in between. Use your imagination to develop a master networking list of contacts you can email and ‘snail mail’ your networking cover letter to.

Networking letters should be friendly and professional, you can find templates online to model and create your own letter from.

Networking Cover Letter Tips: Keep your letter brief and summarize your strengths in the middle of the letter using numbered lists or bullet points. Make sure to clearly ASK for job leads and referrals. In most cases I suggest you attach your resume as well. Don’t be afraid to make a few phone calls to key contacts as part of your overall networking strategy. Always remember to say thank you and to follow up on a regular basis.

Networking is one of the golden strategies of a successful job search and a networking cover letter can greatly expand your reach in any career field.

#2: The All-In-One “Resume Cover Letter”

Here’s an effective letter that every job seeker should keep in his or her ‘toolbox.’ This special letter has the personal feel of a cover letter but also doubles as a resume.

The resume cover letter is perfect for networking and also makes a terrific follow up letter. It is brief by design, and therefore can be used successfully when working with recruiters, headhunters and agencies where brevity is so important. It allows the reader to scan one document quickly as opposed to reading the traditional two-piece job application containing both the cover letter and resume.

Creating your own resume cover letter is easy: you are condensing and combining the key elements of your cover letter and resume to create one document called the “resume cover letter.” I recommend the use of bullet points to list the highlights of your resume while staying with the format of a cover letter throughout.

I also recommend keeping your networking cover letter to one page in length, two pages maximum. Otherwise you are defeating the purpose for using this type of letter.

Go with a resume cover letter anytime you’d like to keep your communications brief, but you’d like to display the highlights of your resume as well.

Final thought: I believe networking alone can provide YOU the strongest chance for landing a job you love. Tap into YOUR network today!

Next week: Top 10 Cover Letter Secrets – Secret #1

“The greatest cover letter secret ever revealed!”

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney

President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,

Amazing Cover Letters Amazing Cover Letters

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your ‘instant’ cover letter today. “In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover lette r guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!”