Your cover letter and resume is your poster child and the first impression on prospective employers. Starting from the cover letter, you need to convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the open position and that you are really motivated to do exactly this job. You are not the only person sending application documents, most likely there are many resumes from your competitors the organization or company is going to receive. If you don’t write a cover letter and resume that stands out of the crowd, your chances of being invited for a job interview are remote.
To make it clear: the purpose of your cover letter and resume is to get an interview call and not a job. So, consider your cover letter as a type of sales letter for your resume that needs to be clear and precise. It needs to highlight the most important points of your career and life, capable of attract the attention of the potential employer motivating him to give you a call and invite you for an interview.
Writing a resume that really stands out of the crowd is not an easy task, even with the great number of sample resumes available in the Internet. Just search for “resume samples” or “resume templates” in Google or Yahoo and you’ll get tons of pages offering free resume and also cover letter samples. But using these templates, you might also have experienced that there is very little or no positive response and that nobody invited you for a personal chat or interview. But what went wrong? Didn’t you really know how to put together all the information that in a way you need to show in order to prove that you’re the right person for the job? Or didn’t you know exactly what do add to the resume and what to leave?