7 Quick Cover Letter Tips

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In an article on The Muse, 31 need to know cover letter tips are revealed. We’ve chosen 7 unique tips we think are the most essential for an optimal resume.

This is a cover letter, not a resume

As you may have learned from reading some of our resume advice, a resume needs to be a one-page, to the point document that includes bullet pointed fragments demonstrating your most impressive accomplishments at a job. It’s pretty limiting. That’s where the cover letter steps in. The cover letter is not for you to simply regurgitate what you’ve already written on your resume, but offers the use complete sentences that fully encapsulate the specific details of your accomplishments that were restricted on your resume.

Don’t be self-centered

In essence, the cover letter is not about you, it’s about what you can do and how that will benefit the company. Nobody cares how awesome you are on your own; they care about how awesome you would be working for them. Do this by demonstrating what you’re capable of and how that correlates to the job description and expected delivery.

Story time

In our blog post How To Make Your Cover Letter Memorable, we explain how sharing a story instead of iterating the same old same old can make your cover letter stand out. What ties do you have the company? Have you been ogling over Chanel ever since you first spotted that metallic blue wallet with an embroidered bow way back in your middle school days? Is Vogue your bible? Sharing a unique and individual story makes your cover letter remembered instead of trashed. Caution: keep it concise. It’s still a cover letter, not your autobiography.

Crunch some numbers

You know how people say actions speak louder than words? Scratch that – numbers speak the loudest! Quantifying your success makes your achievements easily digestible to the eye of the reader. If you’re a social media intern, include the amount of followers you’ve acquired since you started. If you’re an editorial intern, include how many articles you’ve written and the size of the audience it reached. Almost every quality has a quantity.

“Title”

Ever think of giving your cover letter a headline? Sounds weird, right? This isn’t an English essay… But it turns out this formatting idea is an excellent way to catch an interviewer’s eye and encapsulate the key message of your letter.

Get to it already!

Short. Sweet. And to the point. Keep your cover letter to half a page, max. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes; would you really like to read tens of full page letters? Ensure your’s is fully read by embracing brevity.

No name

Please don’t start your cover letter with “My name is __, and…” Don’t.. Just don’t… Your name is on your resume, remember? Get down to business and land the job.


 

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Fashion Friday: Statement

A statement piece is not limited to bags, belts, or bracelets. The true fashionista possesses the bold gusto to make a statement through the majority of cloth encompassing his or her body. The anti-norm? Pants! Incorporating a printed pant radiates confidence in one’s uniqueness. Paired with docile counterparts, the look becomes admirable as opposed to over-done.

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Love the look? Intern at the companies!

Rockstud Ankle Boot – Valentino is looking for a PAID PR Intern

Fur-Trimmed Leather Gloves – Valentino is looking for a PAID Wholesale Intern

Bucket Shoulder Bag – Saint Laurent is looking for a PR Intern

Key Ring – Gucci is looking for a Spring PR Intern

Embellished Wool Sweater – Diane von Furstenberg is looking for a PAID Design Intern

 

 

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The Lowdown on the Twesume

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Have you heard of the twesume? Well, if you haven’t it’s a thing. What is a twesume? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a Twitter resume! Your twesume can include tweets about what you do, an accomplishment, a goal, skills and/or a link to a detailed profile like Linkedin or a personal website. It turns out the 140 characters you use to broadcast your latest piece of wit has worth in the realm of job recruitment. According to Mashable, a recent Jobvite survey showed 92 percent of companies are using social media to recruit talent in 2014.

But the trick is making your opinions matter. Here’s how you can turn brevity into prosperity…

#Hashtag

Hashtagging is an extracurricular activity in the Twittersphere. From #BreaktheInternet to #AlexfromTarget, the possibilities of participating in the trending world are endless. While it’s quite exhilarating to become a part of viral action, to create a twesume you’re going to have to get strategic. #Twesume is a great (and obvious) place to start, but in order to get noticed, you’re going to have to do some sleuthing to uncover what’s trending in your industry. #Fashion is perfect for someone who wants to work in fashion, right? Wrong! #Fashion is an example of a hashtag that’s overused and will only lead to your individual opinion getting lost in the hype of a lightening-speed conversation. Although, you still want to choose active hashtags.. Just do the research.

Get creative!

You’re not alone in the Twittersphere, and it’s imperitive that your tweets stand out and reflect your own personal brand; especially when it comes to your twesume. If you’re simply reiterating your skills and education you’ll get lost in the slew of others preaching the same. Get creative and focus on reflecting what it is that would make you a unique, invaluable addition to a company. Decide what it is you have to offer, and then release it to the Twitter world in a witty way.

Link it up!

Possibly the most important step in creating your twesume is including links to your work. Have a blog? Link to it! Have an online portfolio? Link to that, too! Linking to external sites and resources gives employers a preliminary taste of what they’ll receive when they hire you.

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Fashion Friday: Pumpkin Spice

Fall is the season of deep shades of orange. From an amalgamation of warm-colored leaves splattered on the sidewalk to smooth, pumpkin syrup in your basic Starbucks latte, orange is everywhere. Except maybe in your wardrobe.. But there’s no reason to stray from this season’s staple! Paired with dark shades and varying tones, orange is code for awesome.

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Coated Sweatshirt – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Press Intern

Checked Twill Trousers – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Merchandising Intern

Full-length Jacket – Michael Kors is looking for Spring Interns

Crocodile Pumps – Dolce & Gabbana is looking for a PR Intern

Shark-effect Leather Backpack – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Design Intern

Brown/Orange Sunglasses – Gucci is looking for an E-commerce Intern

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What You Need To Do Halfway Through Your Internship

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The purgatory period between Halloweekend hangovers and Thanksgiving break relaxation marks the halfway point in your Fall semester internship. What does this mean? It’s time to get down to business!

Live for challenge

By now, you should have a handle on the dos and don’ts of your current position. Once you finish patting yourself on the back from obtaining proficiency, float back to reality and remember that if you want to be great you have to be challenged. Never settle for stable success. Seeking additional challenges in your internship is what will allow your growth to flourish past that of previous interns who stopped at the asking point. The challenge begins with brainstorming three to five new ideas, projects, or improvements to pitch to your supervisor. Get creative! Your boss basks in the admiration associated with care and investment in the company.

Network!

As enticing as it would be to work in a world only dependent on only yourself, we live in a place filled with additional people it’s necessary to socialize and connect with, especially in the office. If you haven’t made your presence known to employees in other departments at your internship yet, the halfway mark is the time to start. For tips on introducing yourself to employees in your company, check out our blog post on How to Meet Your Executives. Nothing feels better than everyone knowing your name.

Everybody loves a new friend

Employees too intimidating? Network with your fellow interns! While your work peers may seem like a confusing combination of designated gal pal and obligatory competitor, you should consider them future connections. Think about this – one day you’ll both be working in the industry. The more friends you have in the industry, the more relevant connections you will obtain to further your career. If the future seems too far away, your fellow interns and you can benefit each other in the present as well. Not only does everyone enjoy getting to know a new friend, but you’ll have an experienced, new resource to swap career advice with. But be cautious about getting too close. Never get comfortable enough to the point where you complain about work. You wouldn’t believe how easily that could get back to your boss…

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