Cover letter? We have got it covered for you.
Ah, the inclusive cover letter and it is so much fun to write and people often can make mistakes, but learn to do it well and the reward will be great.
Below we have shared some tips on best cover letter practices, emphasize to research and personalize your cover letter to the hiring manager.
Also Read: The Right Way to Address a Cover Letter
Here is how you can write the cover letter for a job:
1. Don’t restate your entire resume
The employer has already seen your resume so you don’t need to rehash all the resume information in your cover letter. Sometimes, this is a turn-off for an employer who is sick of letters merely summarize the resume of their candidates. Consequently, they don’t see a need to read them.
I recommend you to use your opening documentation to clearly demonstrate the position of the company in the marketplace and its needs, then highlight your overall experience and accomplishments that match to the requirements.
2. Use the hiring manager’s name, if possible
People usually go for personalization. Use the name of the hiring manager to show that you did your research.
Companies normally post their positions in more than one place. You need to use your research skills here and run a google search for a part of the job description in quotation marks or the recruiting agency name if you know it and then take a look on the company site.
The worst ways to address a cover letter include: “Dear Sir or Madam,” “To whom it may concern,” “Dear Recruiter,” and “Hiring Manager”. Avoid such lines.
3. Use the “T” format
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel here. As there are some components in your cover letter that really don’t change. Follow the so-called T-format below:
Briefly introduce yourself and state why you are interested in the job position. Show you have done a background check and that you are knowledgeable about the company.
Prove why you are the best fit for the job and how your skills and experience meet the requirement of this specific job position.
Be enthusiastic. Close the letter and create a call to action. Let them know you will be following up.
4. Choose the top 3 requirements that match your experience
The hiring company is looking for some ideal skills. Don’t be intimidated. List down all the qualifications that are mentioned in the job posting then make a list of all of your skills in the column called “My Qualifications”. After that pick the top 3 skills and match with the requirement of skills mentioned in the job posting.
Focus in your experience that can show you how you meet each of the hiring manager’s needs.
5. Don’t make your cover letter generic
Tailor your cover letter that can speak each company’s needs specifically.
As your introduction may not be as specific as it would be, but this does not give you the license to use generic template and phrases to add in your cover letter.
Thoroughly read the description and then pair it with a specific contribution, accomplishment or experience. Show the information in paragraphs or bullets to customize your cover letter and f=grad the reader’s attention.
There is no need to say it all in the cover letter. If you want the job. Just say it right.
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