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Let Your Attorney Cover Letter Make the Case for Interviewing You

published July 07, 2008

Stony Olsen
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Your cover letter is your personal marketing tool. Its purpose is to sell your qualifications to a prospective employer, and it provides you with your first chance to make a favorable impression. Many employers read cover letters first, and if they do not like them, they read no further.
 
Let Your Attorney Cover Letter Make the Case for Interviewing You

A good cover letter grabs the reader's attention and motivates him or her to read the resume and set up an interview. Your resume and cover letter together determine whether you get an interview with a particular employer.

The Role of Your Attorney Cover Letter

Your cover letter is different from your resume in several ways:
 
  • It is less rigid and less limiting.
  • It can include abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities that are not included in the resume but that might help you to obtain an interview.
  • It is more personal than the resume. It can help pin your resume down to the specific job you want. While resumes can be somewhat customized for a category of employers, a cover letter can be personalized and tailored to fit the specific circumstances of a particular job.
  • In a cover letter chronological order is not required. You have the flexibility of emphasizing any accomplishments you wish. Don't draw attention to flaws.
  • Your cover letter should not disclose your entire academic and work history. Instead, it should emphasize your strongest qualifications that you believe make you a good match for the job.

Make your cover letter interesting, not dry. Focus your letter on what the employer will gain from you, not what you will get from the employer. Employers don't care about you. They only care about how you can help them out.

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