How to Make the Most of Your Cover Letter

How to Make the Most of Your Cover Letter

In the following article, Lewis Daidone offers advice on how to compose a contemporary cover letter for an accounting position.

 We have an abundance of social media and digital communication options – do we really still need cover letters?

We sure do.

The truth is, job seekers should exploit every opportunity available that makes them seem conscientious and serious about presenting themselves in a professional, engaging way. While some employers don’t necessarily require cover letters, it’s always a good idea to send one in order to provide another opportunity to get your skills noticed. Here are a few things to keep in mind while composing your cover letter.

Keep it easy to read.

You’re not drafting your memoirs; you’re introducing yourself. If you were to meet someone in person, would you appreciate that person immediately rattling off their life story without a break? Probably not. Try to keep your cover letter between 300 – 400 words.

Provide information that isn’t on your resume.

There’s no point in reiterating details the hiring manager can simply read on a resume. Introduce yourself and briefly explain why you specifically want to work for the organization, do point out how a specific expertise or skill set could benefit the firm.

Don’t mention any deficiencies.

Don’t have specific experience? Well, don’t mention it! Starting off by admitting you don’t have the qualifications they’re looking for is self-defeating. Discuss the great qualities you do have!

Address the hiring manager by name.

”To whom it may concern,” or “Dear Sir/Madam” won’t cut it anymore; especially when you can learn the name of the hiring director so easily via social media or search engine.

Keep the ego in check.

Employers want to know how you can help them meet or exceed their objectives – they’re far less interested in reading things not related to that point. Make your excitement about working for the organization clear, as well as the pride you’d take in being associated with such a great company.

Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to technology companies and financial services firms.

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3 Reasons Why We Will Need More Certified Financial Planners

3 Reasons Why We Will Need More Certified Financial Planners

In the following article, Lewis Daidone discusses the reasons why becoming a Certified Financial Planner could be an excellent career choice

One of the fastest growing professions within the world of financial services is the role of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP). If you’re a charismatic go-getter with a gift for numbers, this might be the career for you. Here’s why CFP services are going to become increasingly valuable.

The population is aging.

People are living longer, and the need for stable finances throughout retirement is going to increase. One of the biggest worries of soon-to-be retirees is running out of money as they age. There are millions of seniors who will need solid retirement, insurance, tax, and estate planning advice, and the numbers are only going to get bigger.

College degrees are essential, but the costs are increasing.

Even though it is generally agreed that a college education is crucial to finding skilled employment, paying for college is a bigger challenge than it was even 20 years ago. Parents need to set up funds for their children’s educations, and they need the help of CFPs to assist them in determining the best strategies.

Children are caring for diminished parents.

Although people are beginning to outlive their ability to care for themselves, a disturbingly large percentage of the population doesn’t plan for the possibility of physical or age-related cognitive decline. In addition, a shocking number of elderly folks experience some kind of financial fraud. While children might do their best to help their elderly parents, many simply don’t have the time or the financial/accounting acumen to make the appropriate decisions or prevent the predatory practices of criminals preying on the elderly. As a result, having the requisite skills to assist people with a limited ability to understand their finances and provide valuable guidance and support as it relates to protecting their assets will be in high demand as the population ages.

Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to technology companies and financial services firms.