(Closed) Damn you, Bee! I came here 2 hours ago to ask this, and got distracted!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 5
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949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not HR, but I’m on the job hunt as I finish a grad degree and have talked to a lot of HR people for advice lately. YES, cover letters get read. Try to think of it as your chance to make an impression, hopefully a good one. Sure, writing cover letters for stuff you aren’t excited about is a drag, but if there’s an internship you really want, make that come across. And not just that you want it, but help them understand what you can bring to that internship, and include anything that’s important but doesn’t fit in your resume.

Hope that helps! 

Post # 6
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454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not in HR but when I was applying for jobs out of school, I used the cover letter as a forum to sort of link the information in my resume to the specific job I was applying to.  I would pick out a couple of things that I thought were particularly relevant and briefly explain why those skills or experiences made me a good candidate for the job at hand.

I’m still not sure if this is the best strategy but I just wanted to share how I tried to use the cover letter to my advantage!

Post # 8
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7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@StuporDuck:  haha dang for not being “popular” . lol

I FLIPPIN HATE COVERLETTERS! okay vent over.

Well I wish I new how to write a special edgey one but my fears are that part of the deal is following directions and doing the same old same old, so if I did something whack maybe they would frown upon. Then again it depends on the company-maybe they are known for creativity or the position calls for creativity?

If there are specific questions they want answered then give the sweetest answers youve got. If its just attach a cover letter, then I think it would be great to set yourself apart with something different. Maybe add a little humor? share a personal story that relates to the job? Use special typography?

Post # 9
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think one big tip is to not just rewrite your resume in paragraph form for your cover letter. Cover letters definitely get read, and I know that a bad cover letter can make a recruiter hestitant to read a resume.

Another key is to be really specific about the particular job/company. HR and hiring people can sniff a generic letter, one that gets sent to every single company an applicant is applying to, a mile away. I’m not in HR, but I’ve worked with resuming a lot from both mentoring in resume writing as well as helping to review resumes from the business side. It’s really obvious when you get a “form” cover letter — try to be as specific as possible.

One thing that companies love to see in resumes is that you’ve done your homework, and you actually know something about the company. Do a little bit of research, both in the company website and around the web. Have there been any news stories on the company lately? Is there any way to work that information in along with your skills to make it clear that you’re really interested?

You said you aren’t super comfortable promoting yourself — use that to your advantage. Don’t just talk about how great you are. Talk about what you can do for the company and how your skills will help their business. Instead of thinking about the letter being just about you, remember that it’s very much about the company, too. Pull verbiage from the job posting and work it in to get some good keyword strength going.

Good luck!

Post # 11
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@StuporDuck:  Oh, you’re right! I don’t think anyone likes the cover letter. 🙁

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