Cover Letters and Other Job Search Correspondence
Job search is a job in itself, and preparation, planning and
research are all part of the process that takes time and some effort.
Correspondence is occasionally left to the last minute when it deserves some careful thought and activity. Effective communication is one of the most powerful strategies that can support your job searching.
Correspondence might consist of emails, letters and application forms requiring statements of intent. All these can be prepared and drafted in advance.
All communications and correspondence generated during your job search need to serve a purpose and create an impact. Your message must be congruent with your personal brand and give the reader, your potential new employer, recruiter or network contact a true perception of what you have to offer. It is your chance to make a positive impression and to significantly influence how you are portrayed.
There should be three parts to your correspondence:
[pullquote]Recruiting managers will look for and be impressed by well-crafted, concise writing that is targeted to their needs – whether in a formal letter or email.[/pullquote]
- The connection – the reason you are writing which must engage the reader quickly.
- The proposal – this is where you highlight how you, your skills, knowledge and expertise match the reader’s interest; whether it be for a job vacancy, an information interview or thank you note. This part is often 2-3 paragraphs and maybe written in bullet points.
- The close – this is where you close with an action, to make a meeting, propose a telephone call or consolidate a relationship
Your job search correspondence needs to:
- be grammatically correct and well formatted
- match what you offer to what the reader requires
- be clear and well structured
- inform, inspire and engage the reader
- tailored to each application or action
- include keywords and PAR stories where appropriate
Compelling correspondence will ensure you make that all-important positive first impression whether responding to adverts, contacting recruiters or network contacts or sending thank you’s.
If you need a Job Search Strategy Planner, look no further than here. It’s complimentary and will help make your job search stress free.
For a free CV review contact Lynn
With over 20 years of consultancy experience in career management and Level A & B British Psychological Society qualified, Lynn Tulip is able to use a wide number of leading edge psychometric tools including 4G, Wave, OPQ, Hogan, SHL, 16PF5, MBTI, Profiling for Success, WGCTA, RANRA to support informed decisions for career transition, professional and personal effectiveness.
Highly experienced in providing 1:1 coaching and support to professionals facing job redundancy/ career transition / seeking employment. She is author of Get That Job and Can’t Get That Job.