A reader writes:
I’m sure you get tons of emails letting you know how helpful your site is, but I’d like to express my gratitude because your advice helped me land my dream job.
As background, I was working for a large corporation with (what I felt was) a toxic work environment doing a job that I hated. Naturally, I was looking for new employment.
A good friend of mine sent me a job posting for a position with a note saying that I would be perfect for the job. When I read it, I felt like I was looking in a mirror. When I started researching the small non-profit, I fell in love with it (and wish I had discovered it earlier because I would have loved to have taken advantage of their resources even before looking for new employment). I really wanted this job.
I knew that a good cover letter would be important, but I felt very insecure with ones I had written in the past. I’m a decent writer, but I felt that the ones I had written based on advice I had received in the past were ineffective. So, I started googling and found your site. I read every post on cover letters and especially appreciated the real world examples of good ones (I know you’ve “sworn off” them, but I found them incredibly helpful.) With new tools in my belt, I wrote my letter and sent off my application.
During my first interview, I was told that my cover letter was amazing. In my second interview, they told me again how much they liked it. I got the job (and I love it!) and (because of my position) I’ve seen some of the notes that were written about the many applicants – in the “pros” section for me, they wrote, “really great cover letter.”
Obviously, I didn’t get the job just because of the cover letter – my experience and temperament really mesh with this job and the company – but clearly it was a huge part in getting me to the front of the applicant list.
Thank you again for your excellent advice and website. You gave me exactly what I needed to get into a position in which I am happy, challenged, and making a competitive salary – it really doesn’t get better than this.
That is awesome. Thank you for taking the time to say it, and for reinforcing the importance of writing a great cover letter — something that people doubt me on all the time, but there is a reason I keep pushing it and you are illustrating it. My mail is full of letters from people who talk about how their job search changed dramatically once they started writing better cover letters. It matters.
I’m glad for another opportunity to say it.