The Best Cover Letter I Ever Received - Darrin Grella's - The Interview Gurus

There are really only a few times to use a cover letter:

Might I suggest to not bother?…but if you insist:

  1. When you know the name of the person hiring
  2. When you know something about the job requirement
  3. When you’ve been personally referred (which might include 1 and 2)

Under those conditions, you can help your cause by doing some of the résumé analysis for your potential new boss. To illustrate, here’s the best cover letter I ever received:

Dear David:

I am writing in response to the opening for xxxx, which I believe may report to you.

I can offer you seven years of experience managing communications for top-tier xxxx firms, excellent project-management skills, and a great eye for detail, all of which should make me an ideal candidate for this opening.

I have attached my résumé for your review and would welcome the chance to speak with you sometime.

Best regards,

Xxxx Xxxx

Here’s what I like about this cover letter: It’s short. It sums up the résumé as it relates to the job. It asks for the job.

The writer of this letter took the time to think through what would be relevant to me. Instead of scattering lots of facts in hopes that one was relevant, the candidate offered up an opinion as to which experiences I should focus on.

And that means the writer isn’t just showing me skills related to the job, he’s showing me he’ll be the kind of employee who offers up solutions — instead of just laying problems on my desk.

What do you think? Have you ever secured a job thanks to a cover letter? What’s your view on the value — or lack thereof — of cover letters? [read the entire article from David Silverman, Harvard Business Review]

darrin grella – interview guru

Help people with the entire Job Life Cycle. From encouraging people on how to look for a job and get interviews (including resume writing service) to coaching them through interviewing and getting job offers to motivating them through the day to day of their working career. After the resume perfecting process, individuals are lead through my book, The 10 Key Interviewing T.E.C.H.N.I.Q.U.E.S. and propelled to successful, enriching careers. From individuals to larger speaking engagements, I love what I do.

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