Learn how I received a 100% cover letter response rate by
customizing my cover letters and resumes and doing some
research to be able to send my cover letter in the body of
email to the hiring contact.
About 4 years ago, I wanted to test my cover letter and
resume response rates using all of the strategies I tell job
seekers to use. So, I found online job ads for the
following job titles and wrote individual cover letters and
customized my resumes for each ad.
$70,000 Technical Recruiter - screening and placing
technical personnel for a technical placement agency
$60,000 Career Center Director - managing a career center
for an art school
$33,000 Career Coordinator - placing employees in temporary
$35,000 Job Placement Coordinator - placing employees for a
permanent placement agency
$36,000 Career Development Instructor - teaching career
development classes for a business school
$22 an Hour Business Account Representative - with a major
As you can see each job ad required different skills and
required a higher level image be created for the Technical
Recruiter and Career Center Director ads and an entirely
different image for the Business Account Representative
position. So I wrote customized cover letters for each
position and also tweaked my resume to match the job
requirements and salary being offered.
Over an 3 week period, I received a 100% response rate for
all ads I had answered.
addition, to customizing my cover letters and addressing
specific skill and experience requirements each employer was
I also reviewed the online job ads and scoured them to see
if I could identify the employer who had placed the
Doing this I was able to find the employers name and then
went to the employer's website, looked for their Careers or
Employment or Jobs section, looked for the correct contact's
name and then sent my cover letter and resume via email -
directly to that contact.
Often I received phone calls by late that day or the next
morning - I was very surprised to see myself getting the
same response rates my clients report. The only job ad
that I didn't get a response from so quickly was the
Technical Recruiter - and that response took 3 weeks before
I received a call.
I did this at the end of my work days writing resumes for
clients - so I understand the time and effort it takes to
write customized cover letters and resumes - but I'm glad I
did - because it just instilled even further in me that
these strategies WORK.
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