The job market is riddled with great competition, and so you need to set yourself apart early. But all that you have to make a great impression is a piece of paper and some information. How you present that information is going to determine if you get that awaited for interview. Try making use of some of these great tips to write impressive resume cover letters. For the purpose of this article, we will use a generic job of “Office Furniture Purchaser” to illustrate the main ideas.
* Don’t use up your first paragraph with a boring introduction. Write an introduction that will make them sit up and take notice. Give them the reasons you are qualified right off the bat.
E.g.: Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to apply for your advertised position as office furniture. am keen to talk about the high points of my career from the past 15 years in the office furniture industry with you.
* Don’t use old stand-bys like “Attached please find my resume…” Your prospective employer can SEE your resume; they don’t need you to tell them it is there. Don’t use such redundant sentences. If you need to refer to your resume in your cover letter, use statements like this:
E.g.: My CV will clearly illustrate I am a qualified and skilled office furniture purchaser with a proven track record in budget saving techniques.
There, you just told them that you have experience, and you know how to save them money, AND you have a resume.
* Eschew complications in your resume cover letter. Keep it simple. If you are educated, they will know that you can use big words in the interview.
E.g.: I would be honored to work with you, and establish my record breaking office furniture purchasing experience with your company.
* Don’t forget to talk about what you expect from the job, and mention words used in the ad in your resume as things you can do. It may look blatant, but it influences the prospective employer to see you in a better light. For example, if the ad says, “seeking detail oriented and efficient time manager for Senior Office Furniture Buyer”, you want to say…
E.g.: My skills include a flawless attention to detail, commitment to meeting deadlines, and multi-tasking experience as a Senior Officer in a National Furniture Division.
By following these simple suggestions, you will have a resume that will make a good impact. Good luck!