Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.
Introduce yourself and state why you re writing; you are enthusiastically presenting yourself for a job, and your background makes you the best candidate. List a referral source if possible.List your value to the company. Describe how you will contribute to the company from Day One. This should be based on research of the company and job. Share knowledge of the company’s goals, accomplishments and opportunities.Call to action. Ask for the interview and state when (exactly) you will follow up.
Job Requirements: 1-2 years of general accounting experience.Your experience: Tracked expenses and all financial reporting for a government subcommittee.
Job Requirements: Attention to detail.Your experience: Edited manuscripts to ensure American English vs. British English.
“A good approach is to ask for clarification of a point that makes it clear they have done their homework, as in: ‘Your ad said X while your Web site said Y … Could you help me understand Z?’ ” he said. “I believe the goal of the job seeker is to start a conversation rather than just throw a resume into a pile.”