Job seekers put in hard work in writing a resume and then tweaking it painstakingly to make a strong case for their selection for a job. Many a times, they finish it with a flourish by adding a final line at the bottom in italics saying â€œReferences available on requestâ€ – and then promptly forget the next necessary step to take in this regard.
A cover letter is an essential part of the job application package along with the resume. It should be a nice â€˜doorwayâ€™ that should grab instant attention and invite an employer or recruiter to have a look at the â€˜houseâ€™ beyond â€“ that is, the resume. The cover letter gives you an opportunity to explain â€˜WHYâ€™ your list of achievements is relevant to the job and that YOU are the right person for the same.
It is with some very easy strokes of a pen or with a few keyboard keys, that we assure potential employers that â€œReferences are available on requestâ€. However, before assuming a complacent stance that your impeccable credentials would be approved as per your desire by the references cited by you, make sure you do a little homework to create this reference bank.
A good cover letter should always accompany your resume. A well written resume is like a well stitched suit. It should contain all relevant information about your strengths, qualifications and experience, if any. A cover letter gives you an opportunity to say something about the organization and can enhance the effect of your resume, just like a good tie adds to the look of a suit.