Easy to Implement Cover Letter Advice
Donít state lies or half-truths
It is rumored that a high number of applicants lie when applying for a position. For this reason, decision makers scrutinize information provided in cover letters, resumes, and interviews by asking pointed questions during the interview or conducting thorough reference checks.
If you lie and you get away with lying or providing half-truths, you will always be walking on eggshells wondering when the truth will be uncovered. Itís not worth it. If you lack the qualifications the hiring organization is looking for take note of the reasons why you want to work for the hiring organization and make mention of your desires in your cover letter. Youíll be surprised by how many hiring decisions are made based on the level of the candidates enthusiasm and not on technical skills.
In addition, you can take care to emphasize what you do have to offer. Focus your letter on the skills, knowledge, abilities that you do possess and wow the interviewer with your past accomplishments.
How to address the salary question
You may find that some job ads include a statement that reads similar to this: Only resumes with salary requirements will be considered for the position. Itís understandable that when reading such a firm statement as this, that you will want to include your salary information.
But before you go ahead and offer that information, letís consider the facts. Only 3% of employers who ask for salary requirements actually disqualify candidates for not doing so. With those odds, itís best to hold off salary discussions for the interview and focus your cover letter on what you want the reader to know about you.
Even with those odds, some of you may not consider yourselves risk takers (no matter how low the risk) and will want to address the salary issue head on. If you choose this route, provide a generic sentence such as, ďSalary is negotiable and depends on the responsibilities of the open position. Iím sure that if there is a fit, we can mutually agree on a fair compensation.Ē Or, you can provide a range and not commit to a specific number. For example, stating ďDepending on the responsibilities of the open position and the health benefits provided, my requirements are in the range of $ABC to $XYZ.Ē
Include a Call to Action
In the last paragraph include a statement such as, ďI will call you Friday the 8th to confirm receipt of my resume and to set up an interview.Ē When you include a statement that you will take to initiative to follow up, he interviewer will be expecting your phone call and that increases the chances your call will be put through.
Following up works. It shows ambition and drive. If you want to stand out from a sea of qualified candidates, you must demonstrate to the hiring organization that you are interested in working for them. Following up can be just the trick that gets you in the door.
Written by Linda Matias, NCRW, CIC, JCTC, owner of CareerStrides. Visit her website at www.careerstrides.com or email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free resume quote.