DELETE-DELETE-DELETE. We are all overwhelmed these days with too much information– emails, text messages, Facebook posts, tweets, linkedin messages, blogs, and more. Typically, in about 2 or 3 seconds, we rapidly skim these items to see if we are going to pay attention to them or delete them. So how do you get a recruiter to pay attention to YOUR cover letter…the one that enlightens them with all of the wonderful reasons why you are the best person for the job?
You might wonder if you should even send a cover letter at all? Yes! Well, sort of. But…not too much. Confused? The real question is, “should you send an e-Note or a Cover Letter?” Sending a resume alone is not enough. Providing a cover note fosters an opportunity to influence the recruiter and distinguish yourself from others (many of whom do NOT send one). Traditional cover letters are about a half to three quarters of a page in length and go into detail about your background, your value, and how you can contribute to the company. The newer “e-Note” is a more concise version of that same letter, and can be a short paragraph or up to about a third of a page of information. It is not sent as a separate attachment. It is written in the body of an email with your resume attached. Or, in the case of job boards, it may be a few a few powerful sentences created in their designated “box.”
In a recent E-Summit training webcast delivered by “Career Gurus,” Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark (via www.resumewritingacademy.com and www.careerthoughtleaders.com ), some crucial tips were provided on creating a powerful e-Note that gets noticed:
- Keep it brief
- Be sure to grab the reader’s attention with most important / relevant accomplishments
- Use the subject line of your email to convey expertise
- Add contact information to an auto generated “signature block”
- Be sure to convey why you fit the position
Follow these wise tips from Wendy and Louise and you will surely get noticed!