How to Use An Outstanding Cover Letter to Dominate the Job Market

By: Erik J. Michaels

Writing a great cover letter can be the key to your success in a job hunt. With the average American's search for a job lasting up to nine months, it's more critical now than ever before that you stand out above the rest and get your foot in the door before it gets slammed in your face. The right cover letter can help you achieve that goal.

When your potential bosses are sitting in heaps of applications, and all they want is one single person to do the job, the cover letter is usually their first line of inspection. From the cover letter, they derive their first impressions of you, which makes this stand out as your first chance to be the better guy for the job.

Surviving this first test is absolutely essential to getting the job. The "cover letter round" will make or break your entire shot at the job you're wanting, because the resumes with the good cover letters will proceed onward to the next round, while the resumes with poor cover letters (or none at all!) will be dumped into the paper shredder.

Not many of us manage to go to college majoring in Cover Letter Writing, so having a good one being so essential may be a little disheartening. Well cheer up, you don't have to be born an expert. You just need a teacher!

There's no better teacher than looking at examples. Learning an important skill by talking to experts in the field and seeing what they've done has always been a good technique. Sadly, getting in touch with these sorts of people seems to only be easy in the movies, which can cause a few bumps in the road.

Luckily, the "expert" you're going to be looking for in this field isn't a person, it's the cover letter itself! It just isn't necessary to go hunting for the person who's written successful cover letters...instead go hunting for the cover letters themselves! They're a lot easier to find, and frankly they can tell you more than any person ever could.

Being able to analyze and adapt something is a skill you'll be glad to build while you're at it, because such a skill is highly valued in the workplace. Too many people just get lazy and plagiarize, which gets you nowhere...if you take the time to learn what makes a cover letter good, not only will it allow you to create your own successful cover letters, but it'll also improve your analysis skills and make you even better in the eyes of potential employers!

And during your analysis and writing process, it's important to not forget what the real intention of your cover letter is. For it to be successful, it needs to primarily do two things: outline your qualifications, and get you on the road to an interview. The most important goal of a good cover letter is to try to get that interview. Once you do that it's up to you, but if you try to search for a job without a solid cover letter as your partner, there's a good chance you may never even get that interview.

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Learn how to write an effective cover letter by visiting this site for some cover letter samples. By reading these, you can learn how to produce your own awesome cover letters and make your jobhunt easier.

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