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Use a Simple ‘Bullet’ List On Cover Letter!

Use a Simple ‘Bullet’ List On Cover Letter!

Cover Letter gets your resume read!

I have been asked many a times about the importance of a cover letter while sending a resume for job. Over the years I have also realized that most job seekers don’t have a clue about getting their “foot in the door” for a job opening…  The result is that leave alone getting decent job offers… many people see months fly by without landing ONE decent job INTERVIEW.

It’s no secret we’re living in some of the most stressful and difficult times in years — and today’s job market is a killer.

And a brilliantly worded cover letter is the ULTIMATE sales letter and practically no one understands this fact.

Most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview.

As I have mentioned many a times in the past, a cover letter is read before your resume. It is therefore extremely critical that your cover letter is such that it entices the recruiter to pick out your resume and read it.

Writing a job search cover letter on a single page can be a challenge. There are so many items you may consider including. But, there is one powerful and easy-to-read technique for doing just that – put your best points in a bulleted list!

While using a bullet list, we can use a numbered list or a point list.  A numbered list must be used when you want to specify an actual number of items. Say for example:

During my five years as Customer Service Manager at ABC Corporation in Any City, USA I was responsible for five tasks:

  1. Training new representatives
  2. Overseeing the customer sales department
  3. Handling customer complaints
  4. Updating our IT
  5. Introducing new service strategies

When you just want to mention a number of things without specifying the actual number, you can just use dots or some such figures as follows:

During my five years as Customer Service Manager at ABC Corporation in Any City, USA I was responsible for:

  • Training new representatives
  • Overseeing the customer sales department
  • Handling customer complaints
  • Updating our IT
  • Introducing new service strategies

Therefore, I feel qualified to bring my skills and experience to your organization and would welcome an opportunity to meet you for an in-person interview. I feel I’d be a great match to carry out the requirements youve posted online.

Before writing your cover letter, jot down the things you want to include. Then condense them into short, punchy statements and list them with bullets. Your cover letter will rise to the top of the pile when you communicate in this clear and concise way. A bulleted list can help you stand out from the competition and land you more job interviews.

Instant Cover letter

The reason for this is very simple. No one has the time or the inclination to read “books” A cover letter that is made of paragraphs and runs into pages is just glanced at – not read. The recruiter at that firm that you so desperately want to join gets hundreds, if not thousands of resumes for every job opening that is advertised. He is short on time and has to meet the targets. It therefore is a good idea to help him achieve that. And that would happen if you write about your achievements in short, crisp bullet points.

We have all experienced that we tend to first read what is highlighted or is shown in bullets.

Help yourself by helping the recruiter!!

Adapted from Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator. Jimmy is also the author of several career-related books and writes a monthly article titled, “Job-Search Secrets.” Visit Jimmy on the web at Amazing Cover Letters for your instant cover letter today. In just 3 ½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!

Your turn now to tell us about your ideas on a cover letter. Specifically:

  1. Do you write a cover letter when you send out your resume for a job application? Why?
  2. Do you use bullet list in your cover letter to highlight your past experience, skills and competencies?
  3. How do you think a cover letter can be improved so that it catches the recruiter’s eye?

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