Cover Letters & More
Your resume and cover letter are the foundation of your job search. However they are just part of a complete portfolio of documents that you might need at different times in your career. Click here for more information on resume writing.
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COVER LETTERS: I don’t write generic cover letters because they are not effective in making it clear to the reader about why they should be interested in you. I will ask you to provide the targeted job posting and your cover letter draft, so I understand what you want to say. If I think what you have written is fine (or just needs a few minor changes), I will let you know. If I can work on it and add value, we can discuss.
APPROACH LETTERS: Cover letters are for targeting a specific job opportunity. But an “approach letter” is a way of contacting a company or organization about your general interest in possibly working there and how you could contribute.
LINKEDIN PROFILES: A resume is written to apply for a specific job. A LinkedIn profile is written as a way to “see and be seen”. It is based on your resume. I cannot go directly into your account, but I can provide written guidance on how to use the platform and suggested content. This is done in conjunction with LinkedIn coaching. Click here for more information on writing LinkedIn profiles. Click here for more information on LinkedIn coaching.
PROFESSIONAL BIOS: These are suitable for situations where you are not looking for a specific job, but you want someone to understand what you have to offer. This can include looking for new clients, investors, inclusion in an RFP business proposal, or a corporate website as member of a leadership team. It can be used to present you as part of a list of speakers for a conference or other event. Click here to find my own resume and professional bio.
30-60-90-DAY PLANS: You want to make a good impression as you start your new job. A written business plan can be helpful to really show your qualifications as part of the interview process. It is also something that can be written between the time you accept a job and start the job. It can also be updated on a regular basis going forward.
THANK YOU LETTERS: These are important as a follow-up to interviews. They need to be specific in content, referring back to the interview, and saying something about your interest in moving forward.
ONLINE JOB APPLICATIONS: An application is essentially a document set up as part of the company’s ATS (applicant tracking system) online application process. I cannot submit the application on your behalf on my computer, but I can give you guidance to do it yourself.
NETWORKING BUSINESS CARDS: These are important tools for your job search and are often overlooked. These are another way to present who you are and what you have to offer.
SALARY HISTORIES: It is important to keep your own records about your salary history as part of your personal career portfolio. But sometimes potential employers ask to see this as part of the salary negotiation process. And recruiters use this information to identify job opportunities that will meet your financial needs.
REFERENCE SHEETS: You might be asked for a list of references the company can call as part of their due diligence about you. There are specific guidelines on the proper way to do this. You want to give the company what they need, but also protect the privacy of the people who have agreed to be your reference.
RESIGNATION LETTERS: These are important as a way to properly leave an organization, particularly if it is a difficult situation and you don’t want to burn any bridges.
Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC): Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
Career Directors International: Certified Professional – Online Job Search and Reputation Management (OJSRM)