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In his resume, Harry showed that he was the successful manager of a complex, $5 million business. Although his resume already presented some of Harry's positive characteristics, he realized that he could add value to it by
Adding something new, like motivation
Harry sketched a plan (shown below), for his cover letter.
Using this short plan as an outline, Harry wrote the cover letter as a partner to his resume.
Harry has drafted a letter that forms a productive partnership with his resume. The first paragraph communicates his purpose in writing and two attributes that should help him be taken seriously (businessman, community contacts). The second paragraph highlights and reframes three characteristics (business sense, persuasion, community ties) that are of particular interest in Harry's prospective
career. It also adds a new fact-hard work. This is important in brokerage and was not explicitly stated in Harry's resume.
Theme : Successful business person with extensive community connections and positive characteristics needed in brokerage
Opening paragraph : Quick reference to desire to be a stockbroker
Second paragraph : (Why you should interview me.) Reframe managerial experience to show entrepreneurial aspects. Highlight negotiating ability and community ties
Third paragraph : (Why I want to work for you.) Add motivation regarding job (stockbroker)
and firm (Jones Marney), for example
Close : Short, remember to keep responsibility for next step in my court
The third paragraph provides Harry's motivation, a factor that is extremely difficult to present in a resume. As he had planned, Harry explains his attraction to both the profession and the particular firm to which he is writing.
If Harry is sending his correspondence to a centralized human resource function of a large brokerage firm, his letter and resume are more likely to be scanned. Therefore, Harry could add some buzzwords to increase the likelihood of scoring hits.
Understanding services : I have been reading many material as a preliminary preparation for my Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. I have a solid understanding of how equity and fixed income markets work.
The closing paragraph is appropriately short and indicates that Harry will initiate the next step.
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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