Building Your Résumé & Cover Letter Like a BOSS
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 06/14/2015 | Author: Stuart Koenig
Cover letters take many shapes and forms these days. Some people question their relevancy and importance, but here at Creatives On Call we still think the cover letter matters. A cover letter doesn’t have to take it’s traditional shape and form, although, a traditional cover letter still works - but today a cover letter could be a brief message via Skype, in an email or even an InMail via Linked In.
Many will say that potential employers will not scrutinize your cover letter the way Sister Partrice did in parochocial school, however, we believe that first impressions always leave a mark and therefore you need to be smart about presenting yourself and your resume. Here’s a few thoughts to help you own this process.
1. Don’t reiterate the same credentials found in your resume. Take the opportunity to show some personality and highlight previous employment or credentials that make you a good fit for the position you are seeking.
2. Never apologize for skills you don’t possess. There is absolutely zero reason that you should ever “highlight” a weakness. Focus on your strengths and be clear about your ability to contribute to the bottom line from day one. Be confident without being overly-confident.
3. Forget formality. That’s right, in today’s creative climate there’s no reason to be overly formal. In fact, this might be seen as a negative. What’s important is to be clear, succinct, and conversational. Also, make certain you use proper grammar and good punctuation. And, skip using acronyms such as “lol, ttyl, etc.”, they might be convenient in a text message but not here.
4. Finally show an honest passion for the position you are seeking.
Good luck out there!
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