In writing about how to go about getting jobs in the court reporting profession when there are limited number of jobs and lots of experienced reporters to compete with, it is important that at each step of the way you make yourself stand out from the crowd.
Your cover letter is the first step. Personalize it to show you have a special interest in working with this firm and give lots of reasons and show lots of knowledge about the company. You have spent a lot of time doing searches for names of firms. Now spend lots of time doing a little research on the firm. No sense attaching a great resume if your email doesn’t generate any interest to open the attachment.
Personalize that resume. I personally always write back with questions on the resume. I want to get to know the person behind the resume. The email responses I get back to my questions might or might not open up another door.
Let’s say you do open up another door and get an interview. Be prepared with lots of info about the company on that interview.
And finally, a new reporter recently got through all these steps, we gave him a chance, spent time putting a transcript together with proper formats, gave in-depth feedback, and guess what, never got a thank you for all the time and effort I personally put into getting a professional looking product and giving this person a chance. Thank you never goes out of style. This is a classic story of how not to succeed.