Friday, August 3, 2012

The "T" Letter: The Cover Letter for the CEO of ME, Inc.


Regards from Las Vegas, Nevada (UNITY 2012 Convention).

There are many formats to choose from when drafting a cover letter.  Many people prefer a straightforward, paragraph–based cover letter simply because they’re comfortable with it or possibly because they haven’t heard of other, possibly better formats.

THE “T”-LETTER”: The Cover Letter for the CEO of ME, Inc.

One special style of cover letter is exceptionally helpful in conveying your unique value to decision-makers:  The “T-Letter” (think of it as your “Executive Summary”).

The express purpose of a T–Letter is to demonstrate with strong visual impact exactly why you are uniquely qualified for the position you seek.  If you’ve done your homework well and selected a position for which you are at least a 70% match, a T–Letter gives you the chance to lay out your case for the job “point by point” using a chart in the middle of the letter. The chart compares each core requirement for the job on the left with a corresponding “qualification bullet” on the right demonstrating how you have proven experience for that requirement.

The basic Structure and layout of a “T”-Letter is shown below:

Your Name
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
February 25, 2009
Ms. Jane Doe, Title
Ajax Lugnut Corporation
555 Pine Street
Duluth, MN 55555

Dear Ms. Doe:

I am very interested in the position of Administrative Assistant listed in the Daily Tribune on February 24, 2009. The skills and qualifications you mention closely match my experience in this career field.

·         Detail–oriented, experienced Administrative Assistant

·         Assist Customer Relations Manager
·         Corporate experience with major clients a must
·         PC knowledge a plus

·         Four years Administrative Assistant experience
·         with responsibility for numerous detailed
·         reports
·         Assisted Customer Relations Manager for two
·         years; regularly served purchasing agents at
·         Fortune 500 companies
·         Hands–on experience with Lotus 1–2–3 and
·         WordPerfect on IBM–PC

Enclosed is my resume for your review and consideration. I believe I am an excellent candidate for this position and look forward to meeting with you to discuss it in greater detail. I will plan to call you to determine when an interview might be possible. Thank you.


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You can do it … I know you can!

Upcoming Events
·        Sunday, August 5, 2012 / 8am – Your Career is Calling Radio Show on 107.7FM and online on Topic: “The Hidden Job Market”
·        Saturday, August 11, 2012 / 8am – TheBreakfastClubNJ meeting – East Brunswick, NJ – Days Hotel
·        Sunday, August 12, 2012 / 8am – Your Career is Calling Radio Show on 107.7FM and online on Topic: “Negotiating a Job Offer”
·        Tuesday, August 14, 2012 / 12:30pm – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Washington, DC – Workshop Facilitator on “Negotiating Your Value”

Best wishes and keep networking alive,

Coach Rod

Rod Colón
Master Networker, Professional Development, Executive Coach, Speaker, Author
Weekly Co-Host of Radio Show "YOUR CAREER IS CALLING"

Rod Colón Consulting, LLC

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