To follow up on my last posting entitled Don’t Make This Mistake When Writing A Cover Letter, (http://www.social-hire.com/career--interview-advice/5062/dont-make-this-mistake-when-writing-a-cover-letter), I’m a huge advocate for creating a separate, customized and targeted cover letter to accompany the resume submission. There is, however, a trend of acceptance for an e-note letter format so in today’s blog I shall touch upon the similarities and differences between an e-note and a traditional cover letter.
Both documents serve 5 key purposes:
Unlike a traditional full page cover letter, an e-note is shorter (think 1/3 to 1/2 of a page) but still captures the essence of your career success. E-notes are either contained in the body of an email or uploaded onto job boards.
Due to the brevity of e-notes, clear and concise writing is a must. After reviewing a job posting or conducting due diligence on the company to uncover how you may be of value, write your e-note focusing on a finite topic relaying your top 3 or 4 assets or a short career story validating your expertise in that topic.
Here’s a guideline to structuring your e-note:
Subject: Director of Operations, Turnaround Expert, MBA
Under my leadership, operations boosted output by 300%, decreased scrap by 95% and increased uptime by 150%.
The pillars of my success have been my aptitude for leading people and ability to champion change across the business. I would welcome the opportunity to elaborate on my fit for this position and hope to hear from you shortly. If not, I’ll follow up in a week with a quick call or email.
555-123-4567 | Skype: joejobseeker
E-notes may be advantageous when the posting only requests a resume; when uploading your file to a job board or other online platform; or to display your knowledge of being on trend versus typecast as outdated. Stick to a traditional cover letter when requested in a job posting; for committee-based hiring; and when an individual at an organization has specifically requested a copy of your resume.
Bottom line: never send both an e-note and a cover letter. Pick the appropriate format then write a compelling and persuasive document aligned to the company and target role.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at: http://aneliteresume.com/Back to Candidate blogs