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March 14, 2012

Personal Touches Still Do Matter!

Call me old fashioned but I still enjoy getting a handwritten letter in the mail from a family member or friend.  There’s nothing like going to my mailbox and after sifting through the junk mail finding a personal letter or thank you note.  I love being able to post the personal note to my bulletin board, read it again and again, or save as a special memory.

In the world of employment, it sometimes seems that personal touches have been replaced with electronic means.  Practices which used to be considered absolutes are no longer the norm.  Resumes are entered on-line and thank you notes following an interview are either done electronically or not at all.  Cover letters are often absent when accompanied with a resume.  However, a recent survey by OfficeTeam indicates that more than nine in ten (91%) of executives polled said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates.  I can attest to that as an interviewer.  Many times I might have overlooked a resume had it not been for a well-written cover letter.  The cover letter, if written effectively, allows the candidate’s personality to come through and provides an opportunity to highlight key accomplishments.

OfficeTeam offers five tips for writing cover letters.  Many of these can apply to writing business letters in general.  They are:

1)    Follow directions.  Refer to the job posting number and the position you are applying for.

2)    Start smart.  Address the letter to the hiring manager by name.

3)    Create a hook.  Use a strong introduction to catch the attention of the reader.

4)    Keep it short and to the point.  Two or three brief paragraphs are generally enough.

5)    Get it right.  Proofread, proofread and have someone else proofread!

So whether it is a cover letter or a thank you note, the personal touch is still important.  That makes this old fashioned gal happy.  For more information, click here.

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