Your Cover Letter and Resume—The Real First Impression

By, 12/13/2012

Making a great impression at an in-person interview is an important part of the job search process, but don’t forget the reason you’re there in the first place—your resume and cover letter. These two documents are the first opportunity for the company to meet you and determines if you’re a possible candidate. Here are a few tips on crafting a cover letter that could help you get your foot in the door.

First, the company may have several different positions open, so indicate the specific job for which you are applying. It also shows that you have gone through and customized your cover letter for the specific job. If you can, see if you can locate a name of the recruiter or hiring manager so personalize the letter.

Try not to repeat information listed on your resume. The cover letter is an extension of your resume, so utilize it to expand on your previous job history or some of your key accomplishments by telling a story.

Last, but not least—proofread, proofread, proofread! Utilize computer applications to check for spelling or grammatical errors. It also helps to have someone else look over your cover letter and resume—a fresh set of eyes may find something you didn’t see on your own.