Last week, we provided you with five tips on how to write an impressive resume. This week, it’s the cover letter’s time to shine! Resumes and cover letters work hand in hand, so it’s imperative they both establish your credibility, expertise and are professionally written. Here are five tips to help you craft a flawless cover letter.
Don’t copy and paste
When writing your cover letter, it should differ from your resume. Don’t re-state the same information included in your Resume. Rather, use your cover letter to expand on your skills and provide examples as to how those abilities are suited for the job you’re applying for. For example, pick out your top three skills and explain how you applied each one successfully in the past.
Don’t be generic
Much like our advice on writing resumes, don’t include the same cover letter for each position you are applying for. Every job posting is different. Therefore, your cover letter should only include details that are relevant to the position. Be sure to incorporate key words from the job posting. This is an ideal way to demonstrate that you have taken the time to read the job posting and, in turn, crafted an impressive cover letter.
We know it can be challenging to find the name of a contact to include in your cover letter. However, finding out who the hiring manager is, will give your cover letter a distinctive touch it needs to stand out. Browsing their website or calling the employer directly is a terrific way to start your search.
Show your personality
Your cover letter is the perfect opportunity to highlight your personality. Craft your cover letter so the hiring manager can get a clear overview of your capabilities and who you are as a person. Avoid using language that sounds awkward, and words you wouldn’t commonly use or understand. Your cover letter should spark interest and leave the hiring manager wondering more about who you are and what you will bring to the position.
Editing is key. Always have someone else read your cover letter. Having a second pair of eyes has many benefits. From discovering grammar mistakes to pointing out sentences that could be written clearer, you don’t want to skip this step. Make sure every detail is correct; the date, the name of the company, your address, and even your own name. Editing is vital to securing an interview.
These are just a few tips that will help you to craft a flawless cover letter. If you have questions or need help, give us a call. You (and your cover letter) can count on us!