Career Calling

January 25, 2012

Career Change Cover Letters

One of my clients asked me to review a cover letter.  It was three pages long and did not address requirements of the job posting, skills and experienced that my client possessed.  What was the problem?  My client is changing careers, and she is talking too much about what she has done in the past, not what she wants to do in the future.

The letter focused extensively on her background in sales and training.  However, the position she was pursuing requires strong communication skills and more of a focus on customer service.  With a little revision, I was able to adjust the letter to show that my client has excellent writing skills and knows how to make clients happy by solving problems.  She is well qualified for this position. 

A career change is always difficult.  However, it’s impossible if you can’t show potential employers how you are qualified to do the job.  Most jobs give us transferable skills that are the key to any career change.  Learn how to play up those skills and present them in a way that makes an employer call you to schedule an interview.

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