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6 Steps To Creating The Perfect Cover Letter

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Cover Letter Word Cloud Concept with great terms such as interview, resume, summary and more.It’s always important to make a good first impression. And, most often, when you are looking to secure a new job opportunity, your cover letter to your resume represents your first impression. It’s a good idea to remember that your hiring manager is looking to find out more about you, not just what you’re capable of doing on the job. So creating a cover letter that is as personable as it is professional is a wise choice.

Of course, writing a cover letter can be considered a tough task if you haven’t done one in a while. This is especially true for those who have experienced long layoffs from work due to illnesses or injuries. For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Resume Preparation services that assist with both resume development and appropriate cover letter creation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Here are six steps to creating the perfect cover letter:

1. Address the hiring manager directly. Showing that you’ve done your research about the company you are applying to demonstrates your attention to detail and your dedication to securing the job. Be sure to find out the hiring manager’s name in order to properly address that person in your letter. “If this person’s name isn’t in the job listing, take the extra effort to call or email the company and find out,” suggests Vivian Giang on BusinessInsider.com.

2. Get to the point. Telling your life story isn’t necessary. Your best bet is covering all of the necessary details that relate to the reason you are applying for the job. On Monster.com, Caroline M.L. Potter recommends that you also include where you saw the ad for the position and who recommended you to apply for it. Keep in mind that recruiters have many cover letters to read. Cutting to the chase will help you to gain favour.

3. Don’t go overboard. Remember that the purpose of your cover letter is to pinpoint reasons why you should be considered for the job. It is your personal request for consideration. So you don’t need to go over the details that are already listed on your resume. “It’s a professional document, so don’t go too over-the-top,” reminds Giang, “Yes, trying to figure out ways to be creative may be difficult, but don’t go overboard out of desperation.”

4. Be complimentary. Naturally, your cover letter should endear its reader to you. But you’ll also want to include reasons why you’re interested in the company you’re applying to work for. “Compliment the organization on what they have done right and what you admire about them,” advises Potter. That way, you will prove that you’ve taken the time to look into and get to know the company.

5. Stick to the “one page rule”. You don’t need to make your cover letter any longer than one page. To reiterate, its intent is not to tell your life story. Sticking to the important facts and highlighting your strengths are what is necessary. “Your cover letter is an introduction to yourself,” says Giang, “It’s supposed to show that you have strong communication skills. Be brief and concise.”

6. Include a call to action. Of course, you can assume that your hiring manager wants to meet you in person. But, it’s best that you state your intention of doing so. Potter advises that you express your enthusiasm for the job position and the interview. Giang agrees that you should be proactive. “Tell the reader what you’re planning on doing next — for example, calling in a week or two to follow up,” she advises.

Good luck!

How Third Party Case Management Services Can Support You

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Junior lawyer with case folderWhen a person is seriously injured or becomes ill, he or she not only has to deal with the physical labours that come with the circumstance. In addition, he or she must also endure a seemingly insurmountable amount of stress. Of course, in many cases, an injury or illness can cause a long layoff from work. However, there is something else at play that often is the cause for much anxiety. And that would be dealing with insurance companies.

Very honestly, it can be quite aggravating. Is there anything more stressful to be experiencing a tough time with your health only to have your insurance benefits rejected? Of course, this isn’t always the case. But, in certain circumstances, an insurance company’s final decision isn’t exactly all that final. Sometimes, further investigation into the claims can help to garner further assistance from insurance companies.

At Independence Incorporated, we provide Third Party Case Management Support services through our professional staff of seasoned, knowledgeable and dependable case managers. Their vast knowledge of insurance policies often helps to bridge the gap between claimants and their insurance companies. There are a number of situations where our third party case management services can support you.

They include, but are not limited to:

The Appeal Process. Being denied coverage by an insurance company can be very stressful. At Independence Incorporated, we feel that claimants shouldn’t have to go this battle alone. Our independent case managers are known to review appeal materials that our provided by insurers in order to make recommendations or render new decisions. With the help of our team, all hope is never lost.

Complex File Review. Some files are more complicated than others. This is true in such cases where claimants have multiple injuries or illnesses that are affecting them. Our team of experienced case managers will review such complex claim files in order to make recommendations for future handling. Issues such as medical treatment, rehabilitation interventions, domestic factors and vocational concerns can all be addressed.

Insurer/Employer Relationship. Let’s be honest. The relationships between claimants and insurance companies aren’t always positive ones. Claimants will often feel like they deserve more coverage while some insurance case managers may side on the idea of limiting the coverage. Our third party case managers can act as external “buffers” to help remedy such deteriorated relationships.

Independent Review. It’s not unlike getting a second opinion. Our independent third party case managers are often called upon by employers or unions to conduct reviews and provide helpful feedback about the claims process. Following the reviews, recommendations can be made directly to the insurance companies. There are a number of other situations where Independence Incorporated may be able to help, as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have, so that we can provide the specific help that you need. We make it our mission to make the type of recommendations that will meet your requirements. We’re happy to report that Independence Incorporated has certainly grown its reputation for being able to help people during the toughest times of their lives. Can we help you? Call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.