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Channel Your Cover Letter Feedback

Channel Your Cover Letter Feedback

Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Get a Second Opinion

If you think your cover letter reviewer’s recommendations are off-base, McIntosh suggests you get another assessment from someone else and see if the comments are similar. If they are, McIntosh suggests you make the changes. "If two professionals agree, go with their opinions,” she says. “They deal with cover letters every day, whereas job seekers deal with them only when looking for a new job.”

But what if you still disagree with the feedback? Dagliano’s advice: “Ask yourself if it is because you do not understand the feedback or if it is because you think the reviewer is wrong. Ask for clarification about the recommendations, and make the changes that work for you."

Set Aside Your Ego

Still struggling to accept negative feedback? You might be letting your ego get in the way. "Job seekers need to put their egos aside long enough to grasp what the reviewer is saying,” says McIntosh. “The writer wants you to improve your cover letter and have a successful job search.” If you listen to the advice of an objective reviewer, you can transform your cover letter into a powerful marketing tool that can jump-start your job search.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.



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