Most job applications, whether by email or online form, require a cover letter. The purpose of the cover letter is to link the skills on your resume to the requirements of position that you are applying for. Therefore, once you have finally completed the monumental task of writing your resume, comes the challenge of writing a cover letter. If you are like most people, you have a standard cover letter you send with your resume for each position you apply for. Here are a few tips to help your cover letter stand out from the crowd and help get you noticed by recruiters.
1. Tailor your cover letter to job applying for
This is a great way to show how your qualifications match the job posting. Address the letter to the recruiter, not "To Whom It May Concern". This makes your letter more personal, not just a form letter being sent with your resume.
2. Keep your cover letter simple and to the point.
Having a long-winded cover letter lessens the chance of it being read in its entirety. Do list why you are a fit for the position in concise language. Do not add unnecessary information and job details that do not pertain to the position you are applying for.
3. Edit and Proofread
This cannot be stressed enough. There is nothing worse than sending a poorly worded and misspelled letter out to a prospective employer. Have someone read your work to make sure it makes sense and to catch any errors you may have missed.
4. Close with a Sales Pitch
Talk about what value you add to the company. This position is open because the employer needs someone to fill the requirements in the job posting. This is your chance to highlight the knowledge and skills you bring to the position over every other applicant.
Your cover letter should be written in the same style format as your resume. If you use Times Roman size 12 as your font on your resume, make sure you use the same font and style on your cover letter.
A cover letter shouldn’t simply re-state the information in your resume. Wow the recruiter. Tailor your information to the job posted. Keep your cover letter simple. Proofread your work and market yourself to your prospective employer. Following these tips will not only improve your cover letter, but also help you land that dream job!