The only goal for all this is of course to get the attention of the human resources or hiring manager. Your resume should cover details of your professional career, and should be summarized in one to two pages. Your cover letter should be detailed but brief, and it serves as an introduction to yourself and the resume. The cover letter should be precise and direct, to the point, and should be able to instantly grab the attention of the reader. It should captivate the reader enough to want them to read the attached resume.
Many applicants, when writing cover letters tend to write too much. Good cover letter writing should be short and punchy, and will take just two or three important points from the resume and emphasize them. The old adage “tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you told them.” This holds true in resume and cover letter writing.
Here is an example for a technical managers position
• Experienced in quality assurance and quality control, MRP, ISO 9000, QS 9000, and Lean Manufacturing.
• Demonstrated results in saving significant money for employers through cost savings, inventory level reductions, and on-time supplier delivery.
The hiring or human resources manager, this according to surveys, spends approximately fifteen seconds on each resume and cover letter. With that in mind, your writing skills need to be excellent to get someone to look at your resume. The resume needs to be just as good to get someone to want to grant you a job interview. Also, your interviewing skills will need to be excellent to get the human resources manager to offer you a second interview or the position. All this starts with good cover letter and resume, and then it should have a happy ending with employment, job satisfaction and a paycheck.