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Old 10-02-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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Do y'all write a specific cover letter for each job you apply for or do you just cut and paste one? Any tips on having it not sound like every other cover letter they've received that day?

I am sooooooo tired of writing them but I kind of like to tailor what I say to the job I'm applying for so it doesn't sound "form letter" like.
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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You can usually interchange the paragraphs on a cover letter to suit the job. The first paragraph should state what position and where you learned of it. Last paragraph asks for the interview and provides info for contact. Only the middle paragraphs would change depending on the job requirements. The second paragraph really needs to catch their interest or the employer won't read past it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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This doesn't take the place of a well-written cover letter, but I'll tell you something I always did to get that little bit of extra recognition...

I do not own plain white stationery. All of my stationery and envelopes consists of recycled USGS topographic maps (they cost rather more than plain white paper, but I'll pay extra for something this beautiful and unique!) Believe me, nobody who ever received a copy of my resume and cover letter confused me with other applicants.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:56 PM
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Location: Atlanta, Ga
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Cover Letters - Cover Letter Writing and Samples
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Neither Here Nor There!
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Do y'all write a specific cover letter for each job you apply for or do you just cut and paste one? Any tips on having it not sound like every other cover letter they've received that day?

I am sooooooo tired of writing them but I kind of like to tailor what I say to the job I'm applying for so it doesn't sound "form letter" like.

I have a standard letter saved and then I just switch out the position title when I send it in with my resume! Mine is a little more personal and basically just thanks the person for their time and consideration for XYZ position and how I look forward to moving on to the interrview/application process and if they have any questions to please contact me, and includes my name and phone number. I dont get into all my qualifications and why Im applying for the job etc. It's one paragraph tops, again, signed with my name and number!

Hope that Helps!

Oh and I agree with other poster who uses a different stationary...Mine isnt plain white either...it's a very soft watercolor print in the background that isnt gaudy but most definitley stands out amongst plain white paper!
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:11 AM
 
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Do y'all write a specific cover letter for each job you apply for or do you just cut and paste one? Any tips on having it not sound like every other cover letter they've received that day?

I am sooooooo tired of writing them but I kind of like to tailor what I say to the job I'm applying for so it doesn't sound "form letter" like.
I'll confess I found one on the internet thru a google search: keywords "Cover letter" and simply copied it to a Word document and edited it to suit the specific job. Its only a page long, if that.

I wasn't sure what one was either and was too lazy to type one out myself. I don't get all the "extra" stuff we have to submit beyond the job application.

Its fluff and kiss butt stuff and seems like a waste of time to me, but if they want it, then they want it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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Do y'all write a specific cover letter for each job you apply for or do you just cut and paste one? Any tips on having it not sound like every other cover letter they've received that day?

I am sooooooo tired of writing them but I kind of like to tailor what I say to the job I'm applying for so it doesn't sound "form letter" like.
When I was job hunting, I always wrote a cover letter. When I worked in HR, I always looked for cover letters, and I was not impressed by the generic ones.

You've answered your own question - tailor them to the job you're applying for. It doesn't have to be long.

Case in point - I'm now working as an office manager for a small (six people) company. The owners placed an ad with a humorous line in the job requirements. I wrote a cover letter that addressed the humorous line with one of my own. I've been working there four years now, and my boss has said more than once that 1) they put the line in there as a test, and only interviewed people who referred to that line, and 2) mine was the only one that made them laugh - and humor is one of the things they were looking for.

If I had not written a cover letter at all, or had sent a generic one, I would have missed out on one of the best jobs I've ever had.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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When I was job hunting, I always wrote a cover letter. When I worked in HR, I always looked for cover letters, and I was not impressed by the generic ones.

You've answered your own question - tailor them to the job you're applying for. It doesn't have to be long.

Case in point - I'm now working as an office manager for a small (six people) company. The owners placed an ad with a humorous line in the job requirements. I wrote a cover letter that addressed the humorous line with one of my own. I've been working there four years now, and my boss has said more than once that 1) they put the line in there as a test, and only interviewed people who referred to that line, and 2) mine was the only one that made them laugh - and humor is one of the things they were looking for.

If I had not written a cover letter at all, or had sent a generic one, I would have missed out on one of the best jobs I've ever had.
What was the line? I'm curious
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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Curious here too!

(and that surely would have made me want to apply...what a change from the usual stodgy list of musts and must nots!)
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:20 AM
 
Location: From UK to AK via MI
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slightly different question here
when you apply for a job via email do you attach your cover letter along with the resume or do you put it in the main body of the email ...
... and who do you address it to ..dear sir .. dear name or other ?
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