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Video: Six tips for nailing a cover letter

In this video, Toni Bowers covers six tips for writing your best cover letter.

When faced with a stack of resumes and little time, many hiring managers depend on cover letters to give them a quick and easy introduction to job candidates. But is your cover letter the best it can be? Take a gander at this video where I talk about the six things you can do to make your cover letter a winner.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

8 comments
santeewelding
santeewelding

I wanted to -- I, so, wanted to -- hear you say, to the point I rewound the presentation in order to close in and hear closely, "We be talkin'" Not to be.

b.g.domin
b.g.domin

Don't forget their, they're, there...seen all of these

hilltenhadden
hilltenhadden

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mrbigcheese
mrbigcheese

Hi Toni...the tips were helpful to me. Oh wait, let me try again: The tips that you identified were helpful in establishing how I could add value to a company in my cover letter. The example that you provided, of using specific terms from the company's job description, were particularly helpful (was the second try a bit better?). UR's truly, Steve (P.S. that last bit was just a bit of silly fun)

irozenberg
irozenberg

Toni, With all do respect, IMHO in this days NOBODY reads neither CV nor Cover Letter. When you are dealing with agencies - your CV would be shredded by keywords and some fuzzy logic software will match what you wrote against what is the role requirements. So than more buzzwords you have in your CV, than more chances your would be noticed. My proof - agents usually start to chase me in packs as soon as some rare antic technology suddenly became in demand. And they even not bothered that I'd moved on or did not use what they after for more than 10+ years. It would be nice if your papers (Letter and CV) would be read by a human being, but I suspect it's an exception rather than rule.

sean
sean

I liked your example of your vs you're, however I prefer to avoid using abbreviations like that in my formal writing as it indicates, to me, that a person is too lazy to type the whole word. But having just used "too" that would be one that annoys me, when a person uses "to" instead, general english education is important in writing a proper letter, providing of course that you are writing in English :).