For all the 2018 job seekers out there, cover letters are still an important piece of the submission process when applying for a new job. So, unless you’re told not to include a cover letter with your resume, you should include one – and make sure it stands out from the crowd.
Here are 5 tips for writing your best cover letter ever.
Don’t Recite Your Resume
A cover letter is your opportunity to go beyond your resume and explain why you’re the best job candidate. Avoid regurgitating the same information that’s presented in your resume. You may create some initial interest from the employer, but once they look at your resume and see the same information they just read about in your cover letter, game over.
Tell a Story
The secret to a good cover letter is its ability to tell a story. Explain, with enthusiasm, why you’re interested in the job and why you’re the best candidate. If you’re able to make a personal connection to the company’s brand, then do it (example: I’ve been a loyal customer of your product for the past 10 years). Or, if a current employee referred you to the open position, make sure to mention the referral and the employees name, title and department.
Make sure your cover letter is targeted to the specific job you’re applying for. Clearly point out the qualifications you have that are relevant to the required skills mentioned in the job posting. Also avoid any type of generic language. If your resume is to be sent to a certain individual, make sure your cover letter is addressed to that person (no Sir/Madam, please!)
Let It Breathe
Give your cover letter a chance to “breathe”. After you finish the first draft of your cover letter, wait a few hours (or even a day if time permits) before you proof it and make your final edits. Also give your words some breathing room. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short. And watch your spacing – don’t include tight margins or cramped lines of text. Your letter will be much easier to read without them.
Send Your Cover Letter as a PDF
If you’re sending your cover letter as an email attachment or as an attachment to a website submission, it’s best to send a PDF file. A PDF will retain any formatting you have in your letter – font type and size, colors and spacing. Some employers may request that cover letters and resumes are submitted in a certain file format, like Microsoft Word. If that happens, try to use a very simple default font in your letter/resume. Helvetica and Arial are two good choices
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