Re: Indicating comparable knowledge in cover letter

Subject: Re: Indicating comparable knowledge in cover letter
From: Anindita Basu <anindita -dot- basu -at- in -dot- ibm -dot- com>
To: "Tech Writer" <tech-writer -at- live -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:13:27 +0530

Disclaimer: The job market might operate differently in your part of the

The last time I applied for a job (and got it and kept it), I had a
one-page cover letter that went something like:

<standard opening paragraph>
<second paragraph>The following table shows how my skills and experience
match your requirements:
|| You need || I have
|| Knowledge of Epic Editor || Worked with structured Framemaker,
created DTDs and XSLs. Downloaded a trial version of Epic Editor... ||
|| ...
</second paragraph>


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Rational Software, India Software Lab
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Sometimes I come across job openings which require a specific skill, such
as RoboHelp experience, and I have a comparable skill, such as EC Help &
Manual. I'm guessing others have had this experience with applications such
as Captivate vs Camtasia and others.

I want to comment on this in my cover letter; however, I'm not sure how to
do this without calling too much attention to it.

Should I simply state "I have three years experience in online help
authoring using EC Software Help & Manual--an application which is very
similar to RoboHelp." Or should I continue to discuss how quickly I pickup
new software applications, self-study, and/or webinars?

Thanks in advance!


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