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Introducing the Be Yourself Cover Letter

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator

When you're nervous about speaking to a stranger at a party or reluctant to ask a hiring manager for a job interview, consider the age-old advice, "Be Yourself." We've all heard that phrase over and over and yet few apply it. Why? Because most don't believe they're good enough or smart enough or talented enough just as they are. They seem to think that if they add a bit of pizzazz or comedy they can overshadow their weaknesses. But the opposite is true. The other person can see right through the performance, whether in person at a cocktail party, or on paper in a job search cover letter. When they feel 'snowed' by such verbiage, they will likely move on to the next candidate.

Therefore, the best way to get what you want—an interview for the job you're suited for an excited about—is to be who you are right now.

  1. Write in conversational English.

    Dear Mr. Hiring Manager:

    I saw your listing asking for experienced administrative assistants to contact you about a new position at your company. I got excited when I realized that what you are looking for in the person you hire are the verytraits and skills I can bring to this job. If possible, I'd like to meet with youin person to talk over specifics and to show you that I understand and can apply your company's mission statement to the work I perform . . .

  2. Mention your unique abilities.

    While working at ABC Corporation for the past six years I had many opportunities to contact clients directly, answering their questions and helping them make decisions about which of our products and services to use. I was acknowledged for going the extra mile that resulted in increased sales and revenue for the company. I can do the same for you.

  3. Conclude your letter with personal words of thanks.

    Thank you very much for reading my cover letter and resume. I appreciate it and look forward to meeting you in person for an interview.

The truer you are to your personality the more likely you are to land an interview for the job you want.

- Jimmy Sweeney

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 Jimmy on the web at Amazing Cover Letters.com for your ‘instant’ cover letter today. In just 3 ˝ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!

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