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The average job hunt in America is 37+ weeks and although I know you have no intention of being ‘average’ and loosing that many paychecks, I thought you would appreciate this article by Chenell over at Bright Cents on how to get out of debt like a pro so you can live a little more frugally now and get ahead faster when you land.
It’s also a great reminder for those of you who may not have headed my advice and signed up at HARO (Help a Reporter Out) to be found as an expert for some journalist somewhere AND get published and FOUND. Being FOUND or noticed is more and more part of getting hired or at least called and asked ‘please consider this opportunity please…’ Your digital footprint is important.
The following cover letter template gives you an idea of what most job hunters should do when composing a cover letter. It consists of only a very few paragraphs, and is therefore short and easy to read – which trust me, your targeted reader will appreciate. The reason for this sample being short is simply because hiring managers are extremely busy and will not read long letters – long being more than a page if you’re not a senior executive. They may glance at them, or skim them for statements that jump out at them, but they probably will not have time to read them. Use this sample when composing your own cover letters, and you’ll save time and get more interviews.
Hiring Manager’s name
RE: Job Reference number (if one is available)
Dear Mr. Blank,
I’m writing to introduce myself in hopes of joining your organization, and have enclosed a copy of my resume for your review.
My background, skills and talents are in all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a particular emphasis in embryo collection and transplant. I also have strong skills in general veterinary practice, management and business operations.
I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and exchange ideas. I will call you over the next several days to make an appointment. If you prefer, you may reach me at the phone number or email address listed above.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting with you soon.
John R. Doe, DVM
This sample was obviously for a veterinarian, but anyone in any profession can use it and customize it to suit their own needs. This is a traditional letter done in paragraph style. Another option that is gaining in popularity is the bulleted letter. A cover letter sample in the bulleted format follows.
City, state, zip code
RE: (reference position applied for)
Dear (ad name)
With over 20 years of experience as a military officer, I can make an immediate contribution to your organization. Highlights of my background include:
• Experienced as a pilot, flight instructor, security officer, and operations officer in charge of millions of dollars in government property and responsible for hundreds of personnel.
• Skilled in staff management, project management, security & safety, executive management briefing, and leadership of highly skilled technicians and professionals.
• Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, and lead by example. Utilize sound decision making judgement as evidenced by increased levels of responsibility and professional commendations.
I would like to discuss in greater detail the valuable contributions I would make at your organization. I can be reached at (555) 555-5555. Your time and consideration are most appreciated.
This sample was for a retired military aviation officer, but the basic format would stay the same for a teacher, CEO, salesman, firefighter, accountant or almost any other profession. There are two or three bulleted paragraphs that repeat qualifications, accomplishments or other highlights from the resume. The bulleted format makes them easy to see, and the bold facing on key points draws the attention of the reader to what the writer of the cover letter sample wants the reader to see, and read. Use the sample above, or the first cover letter sample, depending on your own needs, and customize them to your profession. You can also grab a fistful of cover letter examples that have been “guerillaized” here.
Do you know any job hunters who are looking for an edge when it comes to getting hired? Know someone who needs to understand how to stand out amongst the crowd and still be genuine and authentic?
Get them to listen to these two live radio interviews from March 9th, 2105 between Suzanna Stickney, radio host of Conversations with Suzanna on World-Herald Live and me, David Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters. Suzanna dives in to the deep end and picks apart the some of the best parts of Guerrilla Job Search strategies.
I won’t be a spoiler, but I can tell you Suzanna always likes it when I explain how to Network with the Newly Departed – to get inside any company you want.
Here are the two segments :
Are you still looking for a job?
If so, here’s news …
Hi, it’s David Perry.
And if you give me 45 minutes on Tuesday evening, March 3, I’ll give you the tools to get a new job — fast.
Free registration is now open for “How to Get a New Job in Only 40 Days” — the new Guerrilla Job Search online video summit.
- How one Phoenix man, desperate to support his family after 10 months of unemployment, found his dream job in only 2 weeks
- The 3 things that successful job hunters do differently from you. What do they know that you don’t?
- How one Pittsburgh man got 5 job offers at 6 figures each in less than 7 weeks (after being told he would have to move or retire!)
- And much more
The only catch?
Space is limited to just 100 people. And this message is going out to 3,098 job seekers.
If you delay you WILL be locked out and miss the summit.
If the link doesn’t work, it means we filled up and you missed out.
Sorry in advance if that happens!