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How to Overcome Obstacles in Your Cover Letter

cover letterAn important job search skill is knowing how to overcome obstacles in your cover letter. Many possible career situations can make writing a cover letter more difficult.

These conditions can include layoffs, demotions, long-term unemployment, elderly care, and medical leave. Although these may seem to be potential red flags, a cover letter is a perfect place to address these issues.

Keep the explanation concise, and the ensure the tone of the letter is upbeat and positive. Your cover letter is a job search marketing tool, and you need to show your value.

Let’s discuss how to overcome different types of obstacles in your cover letter.

Obstacles in your cover letter could include explaining a layoff:

Explain the layoff and then try to show your excitement and enthusiasm about the opportunity to work immediately for the position available.

If you faced long-term unemployment:

Try to briefly state the position and responsibilities allocated to you in your previous employment. Do not lay emphasis on your duration of unemployment, but instead, focus on the new skills attained during your hiatus. Remember, you are trying to concentrate on the positive aspects of your career.

Explaining a medical leave:

Do not disclose any medical information, because this may jeopardize your chances of gaining employment. State your leave of absence and try to notify your potential employer that you are fit to work again. Deciding to disclose your medical information is a strictly personal choice.

Caring for an ill family member:

Communicate to your potential employer that you have honed your skills or have upgraded your skills through other ventures. Let them know that you are available and that you are qualified for the position.

Time off to raise your children:

Show your potential employer that during your break you have been up to date in your line of work or profession. Letting them know that you have acquired new skills and connections will be an added advantage to you.

Embarking on an entirely new career path:

State your reasons for doing so. Try to steer the employer to view you as a competent person in your new career. State the reasons why you think you can excel in this new position.

Transitioning from an entrepreneur to a corporate position:

Show the potential employer that the reasons for leaving that field were not due to failure, but rather to pursue your passion. The organization needs to realize that you would be an asset to their company instead of a liability.

Changing jobs frequently:

State that you are searching for a job that you are willing to commit to and give 100%. You must assure the potential employer that you are willing to be loyal and committed to the work.

Demotion in a previous job:

Convince the employer that you are capable of doing more and will be efficient and competent in the position they are hiring for.

What other methods do you use in your cover letter to explain some of the situations above?

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