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Make your attraction to the next employer very clear. On the other hand, don't explain why you want to leave your current employer, at least not in the first paragraph. The reader's attention should be drawn to where you want to go next and why.
The litmus test for determining what to include or exclude is "Is it likely to help me?" As long as everything you do and say is honest, you don't have to say everything.
In terms of your reason for seeking a job :
Make your attraction to the next employer very clear. On the other hand, don't explain why you want to leave your current employer, at least not in the first paragraph. The reader's attention should be drawn to where you want to go next and why. Raising the issue of why you want to leave your current job introduces a negative tone to your letter that could raise a barrier to getting an interview.
Would that still be true if you had to find a new job because of a corporate downsizing?
Some people do mention being caught in a downsizing hoping to make it clear that their loss of employment doesn't reflect on their individual work performance. However, I recommend against it. Usually it is not in your interest to draw attention to being out of work. You may be raising doubts instead of answering them. For example, in a typical downsizing, some people at the firm lose their jobs, most do not. Why is it that you were in the wrong group?
On balance, I would be leery of a statement such as "Due to a recent downsizing at my current employer, I am reentering the job market." While addressing anticipated doubts and reservations can be useful in many circumstances, the safest approach in this case is to stress your connection to the potential new employer. Leave any discussion of downsizing for a face-to-face meeting.
Your advice makes sense. After all, he is currently working and that in itself is an attraction to employers. But I haven't been working outside the home for a number of years.
Your situation is different. But let's think this through.The basic principles remain the same. You have positive characteristics that the employer needs in his / her firm. You will also articulate solid reasons why you want to work for that employer in particular.
But there's a glitch. You haven't worked for a number of years. That fact could
raise two problems : currency of your skills and your ability to readjust to the work
world. None of these need be fatal to your chances.
Here's how I would handle it. First, I would make a short statement about reentering the work force, probably at the beginning of the third paragraph or in the closing paragraph. That way, you quickly explain the chronological gaps on your resume, but do so after presenting your positive characteristics. You could say something like this….
"Now that the responsibility of raising a young family is behind me, I am eager to make my contributions in the workplace again."
Second, if you can indicate that you have retained a connection to the work world, perhaps through a part-time job, say so. If you haven't been working outside the home at all, state your interest in rejoining the work force in the manner I just suggested. Your absence from the work force may carry some problems, but trying to deal with that in a letter will probably not solve them. On the other hand, when you do secure an interview, you will be able to prove your currency and adaptability face-to-face.
What about my case? I have a great reason for leaving my current situation. I am graduating college.
First, congratulations. Second, the same principles still apply. Write what will help you obtain a job interview. Let's think about it. What is the informational content for the reader when you mention your graduation? It says that you are reasonably intelligent and now ready to work full-time. Those are assets, but they don't merit a lot of emphasis. Mention your graduation (whether recent or forthcoming). But still focu on what you can give your next employer and why you want to work for him or her.
In a case like yours, you might open your letter with a sentence like this….
"I am interested injoining the marketing department of your firm when I graduate from Emeritus College in May."
The cover letter adds to your attractiveness as a candidate in three ways.
You can give those positive characteristics of greatest interest to a particular employer more prominence in the cover letter than you did in your resume.
Through your cover letter, you can put some of your experiences in a frame of reference that more closely meets the needs of the employer.
New material :
Your cover letter can include material of interest to an employer that would be difficult to present in a resume. Your motivation for wanting to work for that particular company is an example.
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