Phyllis Hawkins & Associates, Inc. handles permanent individual and group placements of attorneys in law firms and corporations in Arizona.

From the Recruiters

Friday, 2008 12 December

Writing a Cover Letter

A cover letter is your sales pitch — its importance must not be underestimated.

Like any effective sales pitch, it, first and foremost, must be tailored to the “prospect.” Make sure your message does not appear to be mass marketed. “To whom it may concern” or email “To” lines that include multiple recipients guarantee a hasty push of the delete button.

So how can you improve your chances of having your resume opened?

First, send the letter to the correct person, with their correct title. Don’t use fancy phraseology, or too much jargon and abbreviations — keep it short and simple. Spell check and proof it — twice.

The first paragraph should state which position or type of position you are applying for. If someone has referred you, list that person’s name.

A second paragraph can contain additional information not found on your resume. You can also highlight some part of your background that will make you a particularly good fit for that position. If salary information is requested, this is a good place to mention it.

Your closing should thank the addressee for their consideration, request an interview and list the best way to reach you.

And, as usual, contact me first, not last.

This entry was posted on Friday, 2008 12 December at 12:46 pm and is filed under Blog.