Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What to Put in Your oDesk Cover Letter

If you want to be noticed by employers posting jobs at oDesk, you need to create an impressive cover letter. Sadly, those employers are overwhelmed by contractors/applicants, many of whom are desperately needing a job yet does not fit the employer’s requirements. And so, at the moment your possible future boss sees upon your cover letter, it must be strong enough that they will think that not hiring you will be their loss.

Here are some things that creates a strong and effective cover letter at oDesk (or any other online job posting sites):

 

  • A cover letter for one job posting must be distinct from another. Remember that each job may have different requirements and therefore you need to apply to them differently.
  • Similar to the first tip, do not copy anyone else’s cover letter nor copy samples posted online. You’re trying to be different from the crowd and not to be among them.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors. Once employers spot any, they’ll be doubtful of skills.
  • Check for any special instructions like placing a specific phrasing or word at the top of your cover letter. Some employers do not bother checking your application if you fail to comply as per their instructions.
  • Repeat and then expound on any specifics employers may mention.
  • Don’t hesitate to tell any related experience, especially significant and valuable ones.
  • Include an attachment that is relevant to the application. Do not, for example, post a tech news article when the employer explicitly wants a tech review article.
  • Include the time and days of the week you are available.
  • Mentioning that you are looking forward to a long commitment with the employer is a plus.
  • Be concise.
  • Like any other composition, the most important information must be placed at top paragraphs and miscellaneous tidbits at the bottom.

If you are still unsure of what to put, check out my own cover letter.

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