Would anyone be kind enough to help me write a resume cover letter?

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I am trying really hard to land an administrative position. I've looked at samples but I am having serious writers block. I have never written one before. Please help. Need to find a job.

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Stephanie - posted on 12/21/2009

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The last cover letter was over e-mail was structured somewhat like this (tip: I think it looks better if you convert cover letters & resumes to pdf format. Looks cleaner)...

Date

Person I was contacting
Their position
Their organization
Their address

Dear Ms. __________:

I wrote what position I was applying for and how I came about knowing of this position.

I began by saying my year and major in college. Since the organization wanted someone with nonprofit experience I BRIEFLY described 2 nonprofits I worked with in the past. Basically this paragraph was about my educational training.

I then spoke about my personal connection to the organization (it was with the Alzheimer's Association and I've known several people with this disease) and how my connection can help me succeed as an employee.

In the last paragraph, I had a pretty generic closing... "I have included my resume which mentions additional details about my accomplishments and experiences. I would be grateful for a personal interview regarding your available position and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Thank you for your time."

Sincerely,
My name
Address
Phone #
e-mail address

Hopefully that help you a little bit.

Bradi - posted on 12/21/2009

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The following answer to your Cover Letter Question is provided by Jill Levine on behalf of MyWorkButterfly.com in partnership with Circle of Moms- Hope it helps!

"As a Corporate Recruiter with Accenture, supporting Unilever, and have many years of experience with fortune 100 Companies. Since most Corporate Recruiting Departments are lean and understaffed, we have little time to read Cover Letters. I personally have not read a cover letter in years and the Recruiters I hire, don’t either. The ATS does not pick up keywords on the Cover Letter, so the resumes must be strong and informative. If a Candidate wants to add a cover letter, I would keep it short and to the point, without mentioning all of their accomplishments. (perfectly acceptable on the resume)."

Jill receives anywhere from 600-1000 resumes a week and mentors a large team of recruiters.

Jill Levine
Accenture HR BPO Services
Recruitment Services for Unilever
300 Campus Drive
Florham Park, NJ 07932

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  I personally have not read a cover letter in years and the Recruiters I hire, don’t either. The ATS does not pick up keywords on the Cover Letter, so the resumes must be strong and informative. If a Candidate wants to add a cover letter, I would keep it short and to the point, without mentioning all of their accomplishments. (perfectly acceptable on the resume)."



 



That is the same thing I thought! I've worked for a lot of companies and none of them have ever asked for a cover letter. Now I'm beginning to notice that a lot of administrative positions are asking for them and some of them even say "don't bother applying if you don't have a cover letter." I felt so bad when I read that. I thought I was going about my job search and career change all wrong. But thank you for your advice. I really appreciate the time you ladies on Circle of Moms and Working Moms take out to answer my questions. XOXO.

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  I personally have not read a cover letter in years and the Recruiters I hire, don’t either. The ATS does not pick up keywords on the Cover Letter, so the resumes must be strong and informative. If a Candidate wants to add a cover letter, I would keep it short and to the point, without mentioning all of their accomplishments. (perfectly acceptable on the resume)."



 



That is the same thing I thought! I've worked for a lot of companies and none of them have ever asked for a cover letter. Now I'm beginning to notice that a lot of administrative positions are asking for them and some of them even say "don't bother applying if you don't have a cover letter." I felt so bad when I read that. I thought I was going about my job search and career change all wrong. But thank you for your advice. I really appreciate the time you ladies on Circle of Moms and Working Moms take out to answer my questions. XOXO.

Tuelin - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi Jahry, I am not the best at this but we could give a shot! :-)

I kept a couple of cover letters and stuff so what exactly do you need?

Best,

Tuelin

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