Here's a list of critical questions to critique your cover
letter and make sure your
cover letter is the most effective:
Is your cover letter addressed to a specific person rather than to Human Resources or Personnel?
Does your cover letter use design elements like bolding, indenting or underlining to grab attention?
Does your opening cover letter paragraph explain why you are submitting your cover letter?
Does your opening cover letter paragraph mention the title of the position or ad you are responding to?
Does your opening cover letter paragraph mention a job number if one was referenced in the ad?
Does your opening cover letter paragraph mention the name of someone if you were referred to the company?
Do the skill headings or bolded statements in your cover
letter match the top skills required for the job you want?
Does the content of your cover letter make a strong argument for your qualifications?
Does the body of your cover letter generate interest in you?
Does the last paragraph call for action and ask for an interview?
If applicable, does your last paragraph state a time when you will follow-up?
Does your cover letter use an effective P.S. or postscript?
Does the tone and content of your letter match the salary and responsibility level of jobs being sought?
Have you graphed each title, skill heading and statement in your letter and strengthened any that are weak?
these questions have helped you identify weaknesses in your
cover letters, then take the time to tweak your cover letter
to make it as strong as possible. You'll be glad you
did because you'll get far better response rates to your
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