What should be contained in a cover letter to an employer?

I have tried for several years to get into doing legal sec work (I temp now as a medical secretary). The benefits in legal work are exceptional, but each time I have the typing speed tests at agencies, I fail them, as I get so nervous and when I'm nervous, naturally, I make mistakes. I'm not good under pressure/when I'm timed like that. I really resent these agencies, as most are very dismissive and couldn't-care-less. The consultant at the agency said she'd forward me some practice typing tests for me to do y'day p.m in an email., but didn't keep her word. She also said due to my lengthy temping (which, due to personal circumstances I've had to do over the past 10 years), said it would be difficult to sell myself with that history! Everything was negative at this agency. She also kept looking at her watch. I'd now like to start writing to law firms asking if they'd consider my CV for legal sec work. What do I put in a covering letter, please? Many thanks

Asked By: Poopsy - 6/10/2008
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Try not to let the agency people get to you. I think they are all like that... More
Answered By: ibetheboogins - 6/10/2008
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I've noticed in your question that your standard of accuracy is very good. I would set about trying to sell that. After all I don't think that any office runs THAT efficiently. This link produces different typing tests every time so you can get more practice in.
Answered By: charlie - 6/10/2008
If you are applying for an actual job, always include reference to the main criteria they are looking for....keywords in the advertisement should also be mentioned in the letter... More
Answered By: SxySparki - 6/10/2008
I wouldn't worry about the temping thing as long as you where consistently working for those ten years. Below I have sited a link to multiple cover letter examples. Remember to be short and directly to the point in your cover letter. This is your very first impression to a potential employer that will help them decide... More
Answered By: David C - 6/10/2008
Why don't you look on their websites you can usually just upload your CV straight away with no need for a covering letter... More
Answered By: sam - 6/10/2008
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