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    Posted: Dec 08 2012 at 1:19pm
Has anyone worked as a recruiter or hiring manager?

What do you all feel are some big do's and don'ts when writing a cover letter?
What are things you look for when separating the pack?
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My husband does this and for him if he has to read more than one page you are out. He wants shorts details no fluffy. But this is because of the company he works at his like this. If he has a lot of cover letters then he'll skip it. It is the CV he looks at.


As for myself, the best cover letter I ever wrote was really off the wall and talking about my favorite music videos. Got me an interview and job at MTV. (why oh why did this job have to move!)


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I need to work on my resume and cover letter
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You want your cover letter to stand out by highlighting briefly your skills and how might you be the best candidate for the job. Because you already know the average candidate will begin with:

"I am submitting my resume for ...."

Then you should avoid/or try to avoid such an uninteresting opening. Please refer to the following posted on monster on different cover letter samples, and of course, you will tweak depending on the type of organization that you are applying to. Best of luck! Make that cover letter interesting.

Here is the link:

http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/cover-letter-tips/new-beginnings-for-cover-letter/article.aspx
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I do an intro paragraph, say how the position matches my experience or education...then this (which is usually in columns side by side and centered if necessary):

Your Requirements
  • You need a great xyz
  • you require etc experience and education
  • blah

My Qualifications

  • I have an excellent xyz
  • I have 5 years of etc and a degree in whatever
  • blah

Then a closing paragraph,

sign and date

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^^^love the examples. My current cover letter doesn't fit my personality but those exAmples do. I'm gonna trowel it so it fits me and stands out! Thanks
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