Military Cover Letter Dos

If you're just transitioning from a military career to a civilian one, it can be a little bit difficult to get back in the swing of things. However, you can do it, and one of the first things you'll need to do is to construct a cover letter to go along with your military to civilian resume when you are applying for jobs.

There are specific "etiquette" rules, if you will, when it comes to writing a cover letter. A cover letter is an adjunct to your resume, and should put your best face forward it along with your resume so that you're much more likely to get a job interview.

Here are some specific dos and don'ts when it comes to writing a cover letter.

·    Customize your cover letter to the position in question. Don't have a "boilerplate" cover letter that's going to simply be slapped in with your resume; instead, address the job in question specifically, and talk about why you are qualified for the position you are applying for.
·    Address just why you're writing a cover letter in its first paragraph. Address who you are, where you saw the position advertised, and why you are qualified for that particular position. This is something like a job objective, such as you would include in your resume, but it's much more specific and generally targeted to that one particular job.
·    Talk about what you've accomplished. What did you do in past positions that would qualify you for this one? You can also talk about any awards you've received; this is not "boasting," so don't be modest. Your prospective employer needs to know just why you would be qualified for this position.
 ·    Send both cover letter and resume by e-mail if the employer asks you to do so. It's becoming more and more common for employers to accept cover letters and resumes by email; if someone does ask you to mail a resume and cover letter, though, do it.


Gail Esparan


6/19/2010 4:29:57 AM #


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