How to Write a Killer Cover Letter
A strong cover letter is the best way to make a good impression on a prospective employer. Highlight your best assets and your application could make it to the top of the pile, but fumble with missteps and mistakes and your application could go straight to the garbage! Keep these guidelines in mind, straight from the people doing the hiring, and give that application your best shot.
Put yourself in the shoes of the person hiring. Would you want to read someone’s two-page cover letter and three-page resume when there are 50 other applications in your inbox? Not likely. Make it quick! Explain why you are the best candidate in a few paragraphs—one page tops. This also shows your ability to get to the point. Especially if you’re fresh out of school, you really do not need multiple pages to sum up your education and relevant work experience.
Cater your cover letter to the specific job and company you’re applying for, rather than sending a generic cover letter to dozens of places. This not only shows how much you care about getting the position, it also shows how your skills and experience make you the best candidate for the opening. Instead of just paraphrasing what you studied in school and the past jobs you had, relate the work you did to the qualifications and expectations of the job.
Make the Most of It
If an application asks for both a resume and a cover letter, there’s no point repeating the same information about yourself in both. Use the cover letter to show who you are as a person, and go in-depth about why your education and experience makes you right for the job. This is your chance to show you are more than just your resume, so add in a little bit of colour.
Double Check the Instructions
Sometimes managers make specific requests in the application instructions just to see how well you follow direction. You won’t make a very good first impression if you miss the application deadline or send only one reference when they specifically asked for three.
There’s nothing more embarrassing—or more likely to get your application tossed out—that simple spelling and grammar errors. Read it over and read it aloud to check for awkward phrasing and missed words.
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