Boost Your Resume with a Great Cover Letter

Last Updated Feb 19, 2009 10:39 AM EST

In today's job market, a killer resume can get you only so far. After all, it's just another pedigree on what is likely a giant pile. That's why you need to stand out from the crowd with a kick-ass cover letter.

Dumb Little Man offers 11 suggestions on how to do exactly that. Here's a sampling:

Write a paragraph that sums up your skills and accomplishments This paragraph will serve as the foundation of every cover letter you write. Use more persuasive, subjective language than on your resume. Phrases like "I am highly qualified" or "I have proven success" are appropriate. Evaluate the experience on your resume: "As my resume shows, I have worked in all areas of the graphic arts."

Personally, I think a cover letter that's warm, creative, and personal will stand out more than one that's dry and business-like. Of course, it depends on the job you're after and the person who's doing the reading.

What do you think? Do you have a cover-letter success story to share? If so, you know where: the Comments. In the meantime, don't miss our recent posts on how to write the perfect resume, eliminate weak words from your resume, and fix five common resume mistakes.

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