Imagine this…you’re shopping…you’re looking for something in particular. As you’re walking around the mall you’re checking out all the store fronts to see if anything ‘POPS’. If nothing is catching your eye you keep moving. If something does, you venture into the store to see what else they have to offer.
Consider your cover letter as your ‘store front’. This is the tool you’re using to get people to come into your store to see what you can do for them. If your cover letter doesn’t ‘POP’, chances are your resume won’t be given a second glance. Your cover letter is your marketing tool. It needs to work effectively for you so that you’re peaking the interest of a potential employer.
Your resume is your ‘store’. This is where you show off all your goods. If you’re looking for something in particular you’ll go straight to that section, pick out what you need and leave. If an employer is skimming your resume, you want them to notice the important details that are going to make you stand out. Even if you don’t have the exact skills they are looking for, you want them to see your transferrable skills. You want to make them imagine you as their employee, doing the job they are hiring for.
The Ontario Public Service has created a great tool to help you streamline your cover letters and resumes. This guide will help you answer some tough questions you need to ask yourself before preparing any application such as ‘Can you do the job’ or ‘What’s the work environment like’. It also gives some excellent pointers on creating a good cover letter and resume.
This guide can be found here or at any one of our locations or here: OPS Cover Letter and Resume Writing Guide.
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