September is the month of opportunities and career changes. Even if you’re not thinking of leaving your current employer straight away, it’s always handy to have an updated résumé and cover letter ready.
If you’re planning to update your résumé, check our top 5 résumé tips for 2017 here. However, if you need to improve your motivation letter, we’ve got you covered!
OLD-SCHOOL COVER LETTER VS. COVER LETTER 2.0
Do you remember the old, one-page long, no-one-reads introduction, “To whom it may concern, I’m applying for the position I saw on Career.com ….”? Nowadays recruiters read this sort of thing less and less. In a list of factors that helps them take a decision, job experience stands out. Good news, a well-structured e-note can help you save a recruiter’s time, and show you are an organized and ‘straight to the point’ candidate.
What is an e-note? It’s an abbreviation for e-mail and cover letter. It provides essential information about your motivation for a specific position, presented as a 150 words maximum pitch, in the email body, and not as an email attachment. Why 150 words and not a long Word document in attachment you might ask? Very simple, as we live in a digital world, more and more recruiters read on mobile devices, and 150 words allows them to read the entire text without scrolling. Bingo!
WHAT SHOULD YOU PUT IN IT
Start with a question. Depending on the industry and the position you’re applying for, your question should position you as the person who is ready to provide the solution.
Keep their attention with 3 metric-driven bullet points that demonstrate your experience.
Close your e-note by letting the recruiter know how they can reach you, indicating where they can find more information about you (add your LinkedIn URL and/or personal portfolio website) and when you will be following up with them.
Because you will follow up with them, one week after sending your e-note, to make sure it was received and reviewed. Give a call a week later to express interest and ask for additional information about the position and the company’s expectations.
We hope that these tips helped you to prepare for a career change.
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