Here are my thoughts on cover letters.
My first big take away from the career workshops, particularly those run by recruiters themselves, was that cover letters are not typically even read. They may be glanced at before going on to the resume. However, they did note that if the cover letter is formatted in what’s known as a T format, then they will get more than a glance and may be skimmed by the recruiter.
The T format cover letter is formatted into two columns. The first column covers the stated requirements of the job. The second column covers how your experience addresses each of those requirements. Since learning this little bit of information, I’ve always provided a T format cover letter. I will also note that the work you spend on this type of cover letter is a great way to get started in customizing your resume for each job application.
You can see the two column approach with the key aspects of the job down the left hand column and then my matching skills and experience in the right hand column. Ideally, you’re writing somewhat more concise descriptions of how you match the job. I’m afraid that my example may have been a bit long-winded and due to the extra type wouldn’t readily attract the recruiter to actually read it.
Another way that I was coached on cover letters, was to include them as the first page of your resume in the file you submitted online. I like this approach a great deal. After all, you’ve spent a great deal of time on both the cover letter and the resume. You want to make sure that the recruiter and the hiring manager see all the pertinent information. Give that option consideration the next time you forward your cover letter and resume.
I hope this has helped provide some insight into cover letters and their use on your PathForeWord.