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By: Adam Gavriel

Remember that old proverb, don’t judge a book by its cover? Hate to say that the complete opposite will be in effect when you finally apply for that job you’ve been eyeing on Crossroads Consulting. The first thing an employer will see when you send in your credentials will be the cover letter. A bad cover letter could completely discourage an employer from even looking at your resume. The goal of a cover letter is to quickly show your skills, and get an employer to flip the page to look at your resume.

Here are a few quick tips in highlighting your skills as best as possible in a cover letter.

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By: Amy Schlubach

After the Interview

Crossroads Consulting wants to prepare you for before and after your interview.  Most people know to send a cover letter, but many forget the importance of a interview thank-you letter.

After someone takes the time to interview you, a good way to show your appreciate is by a thank-you letter.  In technological fields, a thank-you email is acceptable as well.  These letters, or e-mails, should be sent within two days and should reiterate your interest in the job and to remind hiring authorities of your recent interview.

According to Virginia Tech, the purpose of this letter is to:

Show appreciation for the employer‘s interest in you.

Show your interest in the position and in the organization.

Review or remind the employer about your qualifications for the position. If you thought of something you forgot to mention in the interview, mention it in your follow-up / thank-you letter.

Demonstrate that you have good manners and know to write a thank-you letter.

Follow up with any information the employer may have asked you to provide after the interview.

Typing and signing the letter is the most acceptable form.  If you have letterhead stationery, use it, but avoid colored stationary.  Plain white paper is always a trustable ally.

Make sure to include correct names, titles, dates, and contact details of the person who interviewed you.  If more than one person interviewed you, send a letter to each person.  The letter should be essentially the same, but personalized.

You can ask someone in the Human Resources department the best way for your letter to reach the interviewer.  It could be hand delivered, mailed, or e-mailed.

Remember, interview letters should be short and to the point while showing enthusiasm for the job position.   For help finding a job, or for more tips on writing interview thank-you letters, see Crossroads Consulting.


By: Amy Schlubach

At Crossroads Consulting, we read plenty of cover letters and résumés, and reading the same information in two different ways is far from thrilling. The cover letter should “sell” your résumé, not duplicate it. A cover letter is your chance to show how the skills listed on your résumé can directly tie into the job you desire.

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To Cover Letter Or Not To Cover Letter…

Here at Crossroads Consulting, we get approached by job seekers for advice daily…In fact, it’s almost hourly sometimes.  Lately, given the horrific situation out there in the job market, the question has been raised enough times that it warrants us sharing some thoughts with you from OUT OF OUR MIND…

The question concerns the usage of cover letters. What should be in them? Should you use them at all for that matter?

Let’s answer the second one first. Our opinion is it depends upon the level of the job and the company that you’re sending them to. If you’re an executive applying for a C-level position you will most certainly need one. Conversely if you’re at a lower level of authority or just starting your career it will really depend upon the company. When you call to get a name, there is no harm in asking. Also, if you read the ads THOROUGHLY they almost always indicate if they want one or not. If they do, then by all means send one. If they don’t generally it’s a judgment call and we generally lean towards not sending them.

But now, let’s talk in terms of a good cover letter, there are some essentials.

For example: Here’s a basic screw-up that we see constantly.

Make sure the Cover Letter (CL) is addressed to the right person! The one that the job that the letter speaks of… We’d also REALLY recommend that you should have the right name of the company to…but we’re kind of picky that you. You know how it is. 

Don’t be lazy. If you want your resume to stick out from the bunch start with a CL that’s personally written, not addressed “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir or Madam” or any innocuous non-descript title. Do some research and find out who it is going to. If you’re applying to a large company, the odds are pretty high that it’s going to the Human Resources department.  How hard is it to use Google or even Spoke or pick your favorite search engine and look it up or get the phone number of the company to call there and get it?

Here’s another tip. If you’re sending a CL to a Recruiter, don’t use the phrase, “Working at (or with) your company.” Say stuff like “Working with your client…or with your client company.” The idea in these things is not to put yourself out there to look stupid and get ruled out before you even get to your resume.

Next Up, try and make it more than just a letter written telling people how great you are and how hard you’re going to work and that you can’t wait to lick the garbage out of the pails for them. People aren’t that stupid and they know you’re kissing their asses. Speaking from my own experience both as an eternal job seeker when we were in radio and standup comedy, more people get turned off by it than excited by it.

Keep the message, short, sweet and to the point.

Nobody has the time or the inclination to spend twenty minutes dissecting you CL to try and make sense of it. Just say what you need to and move on.

We can help you by writing these things for you in addition to fixing up your resume. However for that there is a charge of $100 unless it needs a lot of work and then it would be more.

But here’s a freebie that if you use it right will help you, cost you nothing and help you land your next job.

Dear (Name of person making the initial decision to interview. Usually HR, but could also be the Hiring Manager, make sure you know which they are and the correct spelling of their name)

Please consider my letter and resume as an application for the (The title of the position exactly as it appears in the ad) with (The full name of the company).

While your job description had a good amount of information in it, even a well written one does not encompass all the things that you and your company are looking for from of a potential applicant. , Additionally, just as the job description doesn’t have everything about the job, the same can be said for resumes, including mine which you will find attached here.

Based upon the available information you provided at (Name of the place where you saw it…and make sure you have that right) and from what I’ve read, I believe that I have more than enough of the necessary elements you’ve stated in the ad that you require to garner your consideration and an interview for the opportunity to join (The full name of the company).

Please understand that like your job description is just an overview of your company, the same can be said for a resume. To me a resume is just a piece of paper showing you a summary of dates, employers and descriptions of responsibilities. It doesn’t reveal to the reader the depth of the person who I am.

I could make all sorts of claims and it wouldn’t sound any different than any of the other applications that I’m certain that you are receiving…but sitting down and talking together in an interview would.

Please contact me to schedule an appointment.  I would welcome the chance to get to know you and (The full name of the company) better to see if there is a mutually beneficial fit.

I look forward to hearing from you with a positive reply.


If you have any further questions for us, feel free to submit them to AskMitch@crossroadsconsulting.com. We’re anxious to answer your questions and make this a forum to help people in these trying times.

To submit your resume to us, send it in MS Word format and just follow this link