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Seeing the possibility of becoming a stockbroker in a clearer light, he sat down and wrote the prototype letter. His plan was to play out the theme of "hardworking, hands-on businessman wants to apply talents as a stock-broker." He inserted brackets to indicate changes he would make in writing to a specific firm.
From grocer to broker….
He has spent his career managing a supermarket. He has made a comfortable living, but is increasingly uncomfortable with the daily routine for earning it. From his perspective, it is time for a change. I spoke to him about where he wanted to go next.
One thing I am considering is becoming a stockbroker. Slim chance of that!
Why is your chance any slimmer than the next person's?
I am not a financial whiz and I haven't worn a business suit in years.
Are you sure those are the main criteria for being a stockbroker?
That's the way I always pictured it.
It's important to find out from a reliable source. Let's ask some stock-brokers about how they got into that profession and what it takes to succeed.
He knew how to make contacts. He prepared a list of questions and met with several stockbrokers. Based on what he learned, he came back to see me with some interesting news. "Two of the people I spoke with came into the field after working at something else. Apparently, there are a lot of career changers in that field. None of the people I met was a financial whiz," he told me.
"From their answers to my questions, I developed a list of positive characteristics needed to succeed as a stockbroker," he continued.
I asked him if we could look at his list and identify positive characteristics the profession needed that he had. Here is what we discovered:
His initial concerns (financial whiz; business suit) seemed unwarranted.
He possessed many of the key positive characteristics desired in the field.
"Sales ability" might seem questionable at first, but he did have important pieces of that characteristic.
Seeing the possibility of becoming a stockbroker in a clearer light, he sat down and wrote the prototype letter. His plan was to play out the theme of "hardworking, hands-on businessman wants to apply talents as a stock-broker." He inserted brackets to indicate changes he would make in writing to
a specific firm.
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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