When applying for jobs, you may include a cover letter to help boost your chances of being placed on the interview list and being hired. We know that writing a cover letter can be a daunting task, but it will be worth your effort. Here are some tips to help you push through and write an amazing cover letter to land your dream job.
- Write a custom cover letter for each application. Sure, the letter can be similar to other jobs, but remember to make personal changes like the name of the company or the title of the position you’re applying for. Show you have done research on the company and demonstrate your knowledge while explaining why you’re a good fit.
- Connect the dots. And by dots, we mean skills, make sure that you connect your many skills to the skills listed in the job description. By doing this, you will make it easy for the recruiters to assess your application and invite you for an interview.
- Less is more! Throw out the academic paper outline and keep your cover letter short and sweet. Get right to point with short paragraphs and concise sentences. Also, keep your examples brief and relevant.
- Avoid repeating your examples. Your cover letter should be supporting your resume, don’t copy and paste the information from your resume to your cover letter.
- Have an eye-catching opening and closing statement. Wow them away by mentioning the passion that drives you to apply for this position and why you want to work for that organisation. In your closing statement, highlight the skills and value you will bring to the company in this role and why you’re a good fit.
- Compliment the company. Use sentences like ‘I like your company because…’ or ‘I am very keen to work for an organisation like yours because…’
- Research, research, research! Showing you researched the company’s values, needs, goals will go a long way. Remember to link your skills to the job description.
- Brag about yourself! Talk about and highlight all your amazing achievements and experience you have and remember to make it relevant to the role you’re applying for.
- Make it a conversation. Keep it as a lighthearted conversation and put your personality in the letter. Reading it should be as close to meeting you for the first time as possible.
- Be original and be yourself. Show your personality and your uniqueness. Show what makes you different and what talents you have and other candidates don’t.
Do recruiters and hiring managers read cover letters that come across their desk? Yes, absolutely! So, make sure your letter stands out from the hundreds of other applicants with attention-grabbing phrases, relevant examples, and a bit of personal touch.
If you want to take a look at a sample before writing yours, check out Indeed’s page on cover letters. Their page is dedicated to cover letter samples and templates with examples from a variety of different fields to choose from. Glassdoor also has some great tips on cover letter writing.
Stuck on what words and phrases to use? Take a look at these links with some attention-grabbing phrases to improve your cover letter and/or resume.