Did you know that by national average, your typical American could easily take 9 months to find a new job? I don't know about you, but most of us just can't afford to wait that long. What if there was a way to "magically" cut that jobhunting time down into ribbons?
Well, it just so happens that there is...and it's called a cover letter. Well, if you want to get really accurate, it's called a great cover letter. Most job applications are going to require that you submit a resume, and really what would ever possess you to turn in an application without one? Well, the same goes for a cover letter...what would ever make you want to turn in a resume without a cover letter?
When a corporate paperpusher is trying to sift through hundreds of job applications in the pursuit of finding ONE person to fill the slot, do you really think he or she is going to sit there and read through every single resume, check every single source, and give every single applicant the same chance? No! Nobody in the world has time to do that. What that person is going to do is look at all the cover letters. It's the first thing they'll read, and it's your first elimination to get through.
It's a simple process: the resumes with great cover letters move on to the next round, and the ones with the so=so cover letters --or Heaven forbid, none!-- will be tossed into the "Kindling" stack.
So if your goal is to manage to survive the original culling, you'll need to have not only just a cover letter, but the best one you can possibly come up with! Dont get me wrong, your resume is important and naturally you're going to have to be an appropriate candidate, but the perfect cover letter can not just open the door but set out a velvet welcome mat as well.
But all of this is well and good if you know how to write a killer cover letter...but what if you didn't go to college for four years to get a degree in Cover Letter Writing? What if you're just that guy out there who's looking for a job? Well, ask yourself...what's the best way to learn how to do something?
You have somebody teach you! You find somebody who's written a great cover letter in his life, and see what he did. You learn by example. And why just one person? Learn from dozens of examples...see what works, and learn how to adapt it to your own personal needs. By no means am I telling you to plagiarize or rip off of other people, but by seeing what others have done you can see how you can do it as well.
But there's a little problem...where exactly can you find these sorts of cover letter examples? How do you distinguish between the ones that are worth looking at and the ones that are garbage? I happen to know of a place where you can get what you need.