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Thinking About Sending a Cold Cover Letter?

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Have you ever thought about sending out a cold cover letter to company in search of a job that you’re not sure even exists? The thought of a cold cover letter just may give you cold feet. But it’s good to know that there are plenty of success stories that come out of sending out these types of letters.

So before you start biting your nails too hard at the prospect of taking on this form of application, consider just what you can gain from doing so. You could be surprised by the number of opportunities you could gain from doing so.

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Did you know that 80 percent of job openings are unadvertised? This means that the majority of work out there is essentially unknown to the world. Why not take advantage of the opportunities out there that no one is vying for but you? This is where you can benefit from the cold cover letter. By sending off tailored cold cover letters to companies you’re truly interested in working for, you may be able to get your foot in the door faster than if you’d applied for positions there were advertised by the same companies.

How to Make the Cold Cover Letter Work for You

There are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration as you begin the process of preparing your cold cover letter. First, it’s a good idea to think about what it is that you want to accomplish by reaching out to a company and sending them this uninvited inquiry. If your ultimate message is “I just want a job,” then you may want to reconsider sending your cold cover letter. However, if you think that you can truly contribute to the company, and also feel that the company can help you grow by being a part of a specific sector within their business then you may be on to something. Of course, it’s your job to communicate this sentiment – and communicate it well. If not, you’ll fit right back into the “I just want a job” category.

So how can you determine just what the company needs? You’ll have to conduct a good amount of research. You can of course look at the company’s website to explore its mission. You might also check to see if the company is in the news. If they’re not posting the sales numbers of previous years, you may be able to come in and make a difference. Or you can contact the human resources department to see if there are any gaps in the business employee-wise that you might take advantage of. However you decide to gain information to help you further your agenda, it’s a good idea to try it all. That way, you can create a thorough and highly effective cold cover letter to submit.

Before you ever send a cold cover letter, you want to make sure that you address the right person. Also, it’s important to express that the reason you’re contacting the company in this way is because you truly feel that you can make a difference in their business. By pointing out your key strengths and relating them to advancements the company could make, you may just land yourself a job before you know it.

- Heather Eagar

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and is passionate about providing working professionals with current, reliable and effective job search tools and information. Need a resume service? Compare the top ones in the industry at www.resumelines.com.

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