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Your Cover Letters
There are three kinds of letters-- whether e-mailed, faxed, or snail-mailed-- that are essential to every job search. They are the introduction letter, the networking letter, and the potential fit letter.
This letter introduces you to individuals you do not know personally, most notably executive recruiters. It succinctly states your strengths, core competencies, and how you add value to companies. It can briefly touch on a key accomplishment or two, and it should state your job objective. In the spirit of reciprocation, be sure to offer to help the letter recipient. Also, include your resume.
Click here to see an example of the Introduction Letter.
The Networking Letter, as might be inferred from its name, introduces you to those to whom you have been referred through your networking efforts. Note that the letter immediately mentions your mutual acquaintance, which will encourage the recipient to read the rest of the letter. Offer to help your contact, and then list other key points-- strengths, core competencies, how you add value to organizations, accomplishments, job objective, and target companies. Inclusion of your resume is optional.
Click here to see an example of the Networking Letter.
Potential Fit Letter
Use this letter to contact the recruiter or the company when you find a position that is a very tight fit with your strengths, core competencies, and experience. Lead with a short but impressive accomplishment, and then state your case that you are a perfect fit for the position. In table or bullet point format, list the four or five most important requirements in the job description, and explain how you fit with each. Keep it short and sweet. Of course, you should also attach your resume.
Click here to see an example of the Potential Fit Letter.