Cover Letters: Just How Important Are They?

The purpose of a cover letter is to get your resume read

Larry Barkdull  

by Larry Barkdull, Award-Winning, Nationally Recognized Writer

Nothing is more disheartening than seeing your resume thrown onto a mountain of job applications. You wonder, "Will I ever receive an interview? How could I possibly get a job?"

Here's the answer: Write an effective resume cover letter.

A potential employer's first impression of you is your cover letter. Your cover letter introduces you and your resume. The stark reality is your resume may never be read without its being accompanied by a professional cover letter. Without a resume cover letter, you might never receive a callback. Here are two things to remember:

Cover letters carry more weight than resumes

Your resume cover letter is a sales letter. It sells your resume; therefore it sells you. A common mistake made by job hunters is either neglecting a cover letter with their resume or writing a poor cover letter.

Important Cover Letter Tips

Here are some basic things to know about and include in your cover letter:

Resume cover letters for Internet job applications

Can you use this same procedure and format when you are applying for a position over the Internet? Yes! Whether you are applying in person or long distance, you want to demonstrate that you have sterling qualifications and that your communication skills are excellent.

Cover letters showcase your resume and open the door for an interview. The rest is up to you.

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