Hello, I am looking for a job. Your name was given to me by 'Jane Smith.' If you know of any openings or have any referrals for me, please get in touch a.s.a.p. My resume is attached. Thank you.
As a hiring manager or recruiter, do you receive e-mail messages or cover letters in some variation of the above? If so, do these messages grab your attention or do you readily dismiss them?
If you're a job seeker who sends e-mails similar to the above example and your queries are going unanswered, perhaps now would be a good time to rethink your online communication strategy. With the intense competition in today's economy, make sure to view your career marketing documents from the hiring manager's vantage point. In a matter of seconds, would the above e-mail message entice you to get in touch a.s.a.p. and/or take time to download an attached document? Yes? No? Maybe?
In her newest work, Cover Letters for Dummies 3rd Edition, nationally syndicated careers columnist Joyce Lain Kennedy has assembled "more than 125 outstanding samples from top career professionals, including a mix of new-style, traditional, creative, friendly, hard-hitting and clever letter" samples that can be used for both online and offline career marketing opportunities." Check it out -- it may be the perfect solution to help you get noticed in 2009.
posted by: billiesucher