Basic cover letter tips


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers to four tips for writing a cover letter and states his preference.

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Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as The Big Game Hunter
Because I've been hunting down leaders and staff for organizations for more than 40 years.
Cover letters. There are two versions of them. There is the pretty traditional 3 paragraph
format. You know, "Hi! I'm forwarding my resume to you because I understand you're
trying to fill a position for such and such.. Then, you briefly say, "I believe my
experience with and you list several of your experiences and qualifications that fit
what the firm is looking for, that show that you fit the role. I'll be back and
I'll be contacting you in the next few days if I don't hear from you. I'd like
to be able to schedule an interview with you." Words to that effect. That's
version number one. It's not my favorite one. It's pretty standard. Now,
the second version which is far far more effective is, "I'm forwarding my resume to you
for the (same opening paragraph). I understand from the position description
you're looking for such and such. Let me walk through my background and
demonstrate how it fits the role. Now, you go through the requirements of the
position and how long and how recently you've worked with those particular
skills. You'd look at the functionality in the job description. Pick the
functionality that you've actually performed for another organization. It's
identical with it. How long you did it.. How recently you did it what you did in
embellish it a little bit. So this is a longer cover letter but it's tailored to
the particular firm that's hiring and far more effective. Then, you conclude by saying,
"I look forward to speaking with you in the next few days and scheduling an
opportunity for us to talk in detail. Real simple but again, I
believe it's called a t-square model where you're taking the requirements and
the functionality putting it on the left column. In the right column , communicating
how long and how recently you performed it. Put it in a Word format. No embedded headers.
Nothing awkward. Saving it in a traditional docx format
and forward it to the employer. I'm Jeff. Altman. hope you found this helpful. Come
over to my website which is There's a lot there that you
can watch, listen to or read, to help you find work more quickly. Also, I want to
mention, if we're not already connected on LinkedIn send a connection request to I accept connection requests from people
worldwide except if you look like a spammer or scammer. Except if you're a
third-party recruiter. Finally, resumes need to be perfect these days to get
good results and if yours isn't, your friends aren't going to be able to help
you with it like I can. Contact me through my website which is again Order a resume critique from me and I'd be very happy
to go through it with you. I'm Jeff Altman. hope you have a great day!

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