Everything You Need to Know About Creating an Effective Cover Letter

Cover letters are a one page document that is used to send with your resume when applying for a job. The purpose of a cover letter in to introduce yourself, argue why you’d be a good candidate for the job and to fill in places that your resume cannot describe. A perfectly crafted cover letter is important for grabbing the attention of employers. Therefore, you need to make a great introduction that grabs the attention of the reader. If you are applying for a job, you need to learn how to create an effective cover letter that is tailored to your resume and the position you’re applying for. What you include in your resume should also be included on your cover letter, but in a different writing style. Here are a few useful tips to make sure your cover letter stands out from the pile.

1. Personalize Your Cover Letter

If you have been using the same cover letter for all your job application, this could be the reason you are not getting called in for an interview. Cover letters need to be personalized for every company and position you’re applying for. Take the time to find out the hiring managers name and address the letter to them. If you’re not sure who the hiring manager is, check the company’s websites directory for a list of names and match it to the job posting. Open the letter with a proper greeting and identify the position you are applying for, including the job reference number when applicable. Include what you can contribute to the specific company and your strengths respective to the job. Remove any unnecessary information that is not relevant to the position.

2. Style-Text-Font and Formatting

A cover letter should be neatly typed and never hand-written. It should always be in a specific format, according to the position you’re applying for. Make sure you use the same text and font for both, your cover letter and resume. You also need to make sure that the page is aligned correctly in the margins, header and footer of the page. Choose a font type that is reader friendly such as Times New Roman. Never exceed more than 12pt font and never use a font size smaller than 10pt. Use black color font. Never use different colors. It’s tacky and unprofessional. Proofread your letter repeatedly for typos and grammatical mistakes. Don’t go beyond one page. A cover letter should be a maximum of 3 paragraphs. Using a cover letter builder is a great way to practice different styles, fonts and formats.

3. Be Professional

You cover letter is a business document and needs to be professional at all times. Avoid using pictures, gimmicks, funny email addresses or anything else that looks informal. Use the right professional language and avoid humor, metaphors and similes. Your cover letter is an opportunity to show off your writing skills. Here, you need to stick to the facts and make sure it is very professional.

4. Avoid Repeating Your Resume

Although your cover letter is a summary of your resume, avoid repeating your resume in the cover letter. Since a resume is mostly facts about your education, job experiences and skills, you might think that a cover letter is the same thing but in paragraph form. Well, that’s not the case. In your cover letter, you need to explain why you are interested in the position and what YOU can contribute to the company if they offered you the job.  A common mistake, is talking about how great the position is for you. Hiring managers what to know what YOU can bring to them, not what they can do for you!Therefore, you need to mention how your skills and experiences will be an asset for them to hire you. Include things about yourself that are not included in your resume.

5. Stand Out From The Other Applicants

When creating a good resume and cover letter, your letter needs to stand out from the rest of the applicants. Using a template is perfectly fine, however, make sure you personalize your letter and not use a template verbatim or copy paste cover letters from the internet. Create a cover letter that is honest, unique and genuine. Highlight the most impressive accomplishments from your resume and describe them briefly.

You may have all the relevant educational requirements and work experience for a specific position, but how you present yourself matters. Concentrate on creating the best resume and cover letter to make sure that the potential employers take an interest in hiring you for the position. With these tips of creating a good cover letter, you will be called in for an interview in no time.

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