Post # 1
So I’ve found the standard templates online for cover letters and such.. but I really want to spice mine up and make it really stand out. Does anyone have suggestions.. What should I include? What should I avoid? I know there are some HR bee’s out there… and bee’s that can write better than me (horay for getting an engineering degree that required little to no english classes!). So help would be appreciated! I know there are also other job seekers that would also benefit from this thread!!! Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Just commenting so I can come back and see the advice! I’ve struggled with this too – and I WAS an English major! I’m confused about what to include and what not to. What’s important, what’s not? Tone?
Post # 4
I’m a hiring manager and I never even look at cover letters. Everything I need to know is contained in the resume. Spend your time on a kick-ass resume. 🙂
Post # 6
I just graduated in May and got hired about a month ago. My parents both have experience hiring and helped me write my cover letter. I got a pretty good call back rate. This is the one I wrote for the job I got (personal info retracted)
Dear Hiring Manager:
Your posting for a Junior Scientist caught my attention as I have experience in laboratory research on plants in conjunction with fungi.
I recently graduated cum laude from the College of  at the Universityof . I majored in Biochemistry and minored in plant biology. I worked as an undergraduate lab technician in the  Lab in Plant Pathology at the University
of . I worked in the lab from October 2010 to May 2012, and did an UROP
(undergraduate research opportunities program grant) with Dr.  on a DNA
macroarray designed to detect fungal soybean pathogens. I have experience in cDNA cloning into plasmid vectors and am very experienced in fungal culture. I am also experienced in protein purification. I feel that my experience is a good fit for this position.
I would welcome the chance to discuss the Junior Scientist position. You may contact me
at [phone] or [email] to schedule a meeting.
Thank you for your consideration.
Every time I applied to a job I’d change the position title and why I was interested in it. I’d also modify the second half of paragraph 2 to point out my specific qualifications as they pertained to the job posting. I tried to use that same phrasing because you have to first get through an electronic filter with large companies and then (for me at least) you have to get through an HR screening where they do not know all of the vocabulary pertaining to my work and how it interchanges.
Post # 7
@OctBride-2012: definitely already have a kick butt resume at the moment (probably on about my millionth variation/edit by now)… just struggling with the cover letter now. lol
Post # 8
@Eckle: thanks! looks pretty similar to what I have now but will def help me change it a bit! Off to word to do a little more tweaking!
Keep the advice coming!!!