Ask an Expert: Cover Letters for Career Changers

An AOL reader asks, "How do you write a cover letter for a job you have no experience in? It can be difficult to write a cover letter for a position when you don't have any previous experience in that field."

Employers tend to favor candidates with linear careers and those who have proved themselves in similar industries and job functions in the past. But it's not impossible to change careers, and a strong cover letter can help you gain the attention of the hiring manager. Whenever possible, try to couple your cover letter with a strong networking strategy. Someone who can advocate for your character and potential can be an enormous help when you are trying to make inroads into an industry or job function where you have no previous experience. Here are four tips for writing career changecover letters.