7 Cover Letter Secrets

March 5, 2014

Career Advice

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FastCompany recently ran a fantastic article outlining seven secrets for cover letter success given straight from a successful recruiter. Be warned: if she hates the cover letter, she’s not even going to glance at the resume. The same can be said for most recruiters. The cover letter can make or break a candidate’s application. Here’s our summary of some of this article’s key points:

  • Immediately open with why you’re excited about this job and why you’re the perfect fit for this position.
  • Generic openings do not catch a recruiter’s attention — and risk being skipped.
  • Those with an internal referral — who mention it early on in the cover letter — will catch a recruiter’s attention.
  • Applicants with an internal referral may have a higher change of getting an interview and getting hired, so start networking!
  • Ditch the “To whom it concerns” opening. With a little online research, you can find out at least one name to address the cover letter to.
  • Set the right tone in your letter. Is this a goofy, laid-back start-up or a traditional corporate environment?
  • Set up an informational interview with an employee beforehand so you can learn more about the  position — and then tailor your cover letter perfectly.

Read the full article over at FastCompany.


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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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