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COVER LETTERS - HOW DOES IT WORK? (ARTICLE BY MICHAEL)

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The idea

The idea behind cover letters is to quickly teach you how to write a stunning cover letter. We do that by showing you twenty very good examples of cover letters and asking you to read through them. After you do that – we assume that you will simply get the point.

I guess that you already know the basics - like that a cover letter should be no more than one page; that you should keep formal language and stick to standard convention.

THE CHALLENGE

Keeping all the basics in mind, you need to:

  • imply that you understand the company you are applying to
  • name your skills and show how they correspond with requirements
  • say a word about your personality and how it refers to the type of job
  • give a glimpse of your private life
  • prove your motivation to work on this position
  • convince the reader that you are a friendly person

So how do you do that all on ONE PAGE?

What is essential for writing a good cover letter is not the “nice words” – you need a particular set of mind. Words, sentences and style are secondary. You may worry that your writing skills are below average - but that is not your main problem. In worst case you can just tell someone else to write the letter for you, right? But first you must know what you want to express.

Once you have a general vision – you just need to put it in writing. Usually people have problems with this general vision and produce some kind of standard letter. But the art of writing a cover letter is to make it non-standard within the standardized convention.

COVER LETTER EXAMPLES

Reading through the examples will get you out of your current context and thinking pattern – which may not be suitable, especially if you are already tired with job-search.

There is a wide spectrum of positions in the package - from Yoga Instructor and Taxi Driver to Marketing Vice-President and Lawyer.

You will see how other people skillfully advertise themselves without compromising their authenticity. You will learn how they express their positive values and bring focus to their strengths. You will go through various approaches and decide which one is good for you.

We could have produced a book about writing a perfect cover letter – but still we would have no guarantee that you understand and implement the provided knowledge. The way of teaching based on examples is much more powerful.

REMARK

if you are thinking of downloading the cover letters and performing a copy-paste operation - you better don’t buy them at all, ‘cause you will only harm yourself. You should never ever copy even one sentence from the web! You’d be amazed how many people do that. That is just like shooting your knee, because recruiters simply recognize plagiarism almost with their eyes closed!

How? Do they know all the web resources? They don’t need to. They just notice entire paragraphs repeated in hundreds of cover letters each month. :)

Many people come here in search of a sample cover letter for their position. We think that this idea is utterly wrong. Just think - how can you find an example corresponding with your personality, your skills, your career goals and the requirements of your potential employer? How could anyone write a good cover letter for you without knowing basic information about your person?

CONCLUSION

What you get here is a very effective training material. We prepared it ourselves – basing on real life examples and blending them with our recruitment experience. The purpose of cover letters is not copy-pasting, but inspiration. You just need to read through them all and certainly you will come up with fresh ideas for your own application.

Unlike CV Templates, focus of cover letters is on their content – but still you get 20 very nice layouts to choose from. You may even use some of them as your personal stationery.


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