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Many job seekers ask me if they need a cover letter. My answer is always yes! A cover letter is more than just a pretty piece of paper that prevents your resume from getting dirty. It can be one of the most important tools in your job search and perform numerous functions. It can make the difference between getting an interview and landing in the “maybe” pile.
A cover letter can explain any gaps in the resume that might not be understood. The lack of continuous employment might be held against you. If you were out of work to care for an ill relative, a stay-at-home mom for several years, or away on an educational trip, the cover letter can offer that insight.
Also, many employers request your salary requirements. The cover letter is the best place to discuss the money. You can reasons why you feel you deserve this, such as skills or experience that might be relevant.
In addition, it can discuss the qualities of your personality that make you a good fit for the job. For example, if the job is for a customer service representative, perhaps you might say you are patient, polite, and able to stay cool under pressure.
The cover letter should have an introduction stating the job title. Next state why you think you are qualified for the position. It could be because of skills, experience or education. Then ask the reader to contact you to set an interview. Be sure your contact details are up to date!
Follow all these tips and cover yourself. With a strong cover letter and a good resume, you have a good chance of landing that sought after interview! If you need help writing one, please call Millennium Personnel Corp at 212-244-2777.
If you need advice about resume writing, temporary jobs, administrative assistant work, or permanent placement in New York City, please call us at 212-244-2777.