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Cover Letters: January 2011 Archives

Although the resume is the most important document in your job search, each time you send one out a cover letter must accompany it.  If the resume is a snap shot of you, then the cover letter is the audio that makes it come alive.  With all the opinions on this subject, stick to these 10 commandments for an effective cover letter:

1. Thou shall take the necessary time to do it right.

2. Thou shall keep it to one page. 

3. Thou shall tailor it to a specific person and position. 

4. Thou shall have an introduction. 

5. Thou shall have a body. 

6. Thou shall keep it employer centered. 

7. Thou shall have a closing. 

8. Thou shall make it a writing sample. 

9. Thou shall pass the "wow" test. 

10. Thou shall make it perfect. 

I'd like to know any challenges that you have when you try to write a cover letter.  What do you struggle with?  Send an email to my blog, and I will answer any questions you have.

Keep Climbing,
Dr. Tom


Copyright 2011, Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC - Albany.com Blog - Tuesday, January 25, 2011



Dr. Thomas J. Denham

Dr. Tom Denham is the founder of Careers In Transition LLC, a private practice which focuses on career counseling for individuals and consulting services for institutional clients. Dr. Tom has over twenty years of career services experience at Siena and Union Colleges as well as Harvard, St. Lawrence and Boston Universities.

Dr. Tom founded Northeast Public Radio's award winning talk show, The Career Forum and speaks extensively on career management issues. He earned his bachelors from St. Lawrence University, his masters from Boston University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

He has climbed over 180 mountains including the Adirondack 46, Oregon's Mt. Hood and The Grand Teton. In 2009, he survived a huge crevasse fall on Mt. Rainier by ice climbing his way out. Tom lives where he grew up in Albany where he would rather be ice and rock climbing and raising his 11 year old daughter, Rachel.

Dr. Tom Denham has been a professional career counselor for over 20 years. He helps people explore their options with career testing, make job changes and write resumes and prepare for interviews.

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