It may seem obvious, but the number of job offers you get is directly proportional to the number of interviews you get. You can’t get a job offer if you don’t get the interview. But what few people realize is that it is often the Cover Letter that gets you the interview, not the resume’. Often, one sentence makes all the difference! This is your chance to make a “good impression” on the gatekeeper/boss, so that they will call you in for a one-on-one interview. Before the pay increases, before the job offer, before the interview, comes the cover letter.
Your cover letter needs to stand out among all the people that applied. Think about it; if they are applying for the same job, then they must have skills that are similar to yours. You might get a chance to talk to the boss and convince him that you are the best guy or girl for the job……but you probably won’t. That’s because the gatekeeper only has so much time to read resumes and grant interviews. If you were doing the hiring, would you interview ALL 100 candidates that applied? Of course not. You would pick those that stand out from the crowd and the number one way to do that is…..you guessed it, a killer cover letter.
Rather than write my own book on the subject, I’ve found a great source for writing the perfect cover letter that will get you that interview. Jimmy Sweeney is an expert at writing cover letters and I’ve asked that he put together a video for readers of this blog. Check it out at the link below and learn how you can get more interviews for that big career move!