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Cover Letters Build the Case for 50-Plus Workers

Cover Letters Build the Case for 50-Plus Workers

John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Also use the cover message to showcase your business writing skills and familiarity with the language of your industry or occupation. You’re likely to have emerged from the US education system before it descended into its present state of mediocrity, and this should show in your writing.

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Confront Difficult Issues and Put Them Behind You

If elements of your resume might raise substantial questions for its reviewers, it’s best to address these in the cover letter, where you can carefully calibrate your response — without revealing your age.

“It’s important to get stuff like resume gaps out of the way immediately,” says Brian Drum, CEO of Drum Associates, a search firm. The second half of the cover message is a good place to do so.

“If salary history is a requirement of the job posting, one must address it, and not superficially or deceptively,” says Hill. For older workers, especially those who want to deemphasize the high salary band they’ve reached in recent years, “it is appropriate to say, ‘Through my career, I’ve earned salaries in a range from…”

Finally, have a trusted colleague read through your cover letter to check the tone and avoid embarrassing spelling, grammar and other errors. After all, crafting an important document with care is one of the skills that can help make the case for your candidacy ahead of younger competitors.



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