Your Guide To Writing The Perfect Letter

Discovery Resource # ST-14
Resource Topic: CV/Cover Letter
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Search & Interview
Description: Connecting through storytelling
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Without a doubt, a cover letter is one of the best opportunities you have to make a meaningful impression and separate yourself from a competitive candidate pool, especially when sharing YOUR UNIQUE STORY.

Learn how to customize a powerful cover letter taking the prospective employer on a guided journey of some of your most notable career and life achievements. Note: We will be referring to this as both a cover letter and cover email throughout the chapter.
  • Write attention-grabbing cover letters for highly sought-after positions.
  • Understand how a well-worded cover letter will enhance your chance of getting an interview.
  • Leverage language drawn from the job posting itself.
  • Clearly display your personal brand and the transferable skills you bring to the position.
  • Paint a picture of how your candidacy will fulfill the needs of vacancy for which you apply.
  • Set the stage for a potentially-rewarding career filled with success and contentment.
Author: Tanja Getter
Residency Education Lead Director for Community Health Systems, Inc.

Tanja Getter is an expert on career planning for medical residents. Since 2010, Tanja has presented 60-minute workshops to more than 300 residency programs across the US, educating more than 6,000 residents and fellows on best practices on how write an effective CV and cover letter.

In addition, Tanja is a frequent speaker at national conference meetings and including, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians to name a few. At these conferences, Tanja provides one-on-one CV consultations with physicians to provide an employer’s perspective on what they are looking for in a CV.

Tanja has written several CV and Cover Letter articles for a variety of professional organizations, including, the American College of Physician and the American Academy of Family Medicine.
Author: Will Coghill-Behrends, PhD
Will Coghill-Behrends, PhD

Will is faculty in the College of Education at the University of Iowa.

He, along with Rebecca Anthony, is the author of the CV Handbook (PhD Books), the PhD Handbook for the Academic Job Search (PhD Books) and Getting Hired (2nd Edition Kendall Hunt). Prior to his faculty appointment, he coordinated and led several programs at the University of Iowa on academic and professional job seeking for people with professional graduate degrees.