By Melanie Keveles / sciencejobs.org
Whether you email, fax or snail
mail your resume, you’ll want to include a cover letter. This document can
direct the reader to the meat of your resume and establish rapport between you
and the potential employer. Here are some important ideas to keep in mind as you
compose your letters:
- Purpose – Not only does your letter serve as an ambassador for you,
introducing your credentials, but an effective letter must also generate the
reader’s interest in you. Ultimately you want to prompt a favorable reply.
- Audience – Keep in mind the perspective of the person who will be
reading your letter. He/she is not interested in what YOU want, but what value
you will bring to the organization. What you convey should prove of interest
enough to lead an employer (or recruiter) to want to interview you.