What makes one cover letter stand out among the competition? What exactly should you include if you really want to spark an employer’s interests? In this post I am going to cover how to write a cover letter that will have employer’s drooling over you.
We all know how important first impressions are. Your cover letter is your first impression about yourself and what you have to offer the employer’s company. You want to look smart and professional in your approach.
A cover letter plus a resume will always outperform a resume alone. This is why it is so important that you do not skip this step.
Now for the good part, how to write a cover letter that any employer will love. First off, don’t go overboard. No one wants to read a thousand word essay on your life. Use the same type of paper that your resume is on. That’s right, you wont get extra credit for printing it on silk.
Don’t write your cover letter with a crayon, marker or even a pen or pencil. That’s right, your cover letter should be typed and printed. No one wants to read messy handwriting.
Never, never, never… start your cover letter with ‘To Whom It May Concern’. That is just begging to be thrown in the trash.
Do a bit of homework and see if you can get the name of the person who is doing the hiring. You will certainly stand out if you are able to do this right.
Put the current date on your cover letter along with your phone number so they can call you in for an interview.
When writing about the position you seek, try and be as specific as possible. Mention the advertisement you saw or how you heard about the job. Give the exact title or reference number for the position you want.
Make sure to tell them why you want to work for them specifically. What about that company stands out to you and why would it mean so much for you to be a part of it?
Never use the word “if” in your letter. Write as if they ARE going to call you in for an interview. Tell them when you will be available. This is exactly how you write a cover letter that will knock their socks off.