Ten Cover Letter Tips
If you want to make a great first impression on a prospective employer, review these ten cover letter tips and ensure you are doing everything you can to create a positive professional image.
These are vital elements of a good cover letter and cannot be emphasized too much.
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- The same paper that you used for your resume. They should match. If the papers do not match (or if they are of poor quality), then you might as well not send anything at all. What you are telling the employer is that professionalism is not one of your strong suits. Also, ensure that your cover letter is not a copy, but an original, freshly printed and addressed to one individual within the company.
- Accurate spelling. Ensure the name of the person addressed in the letter is spelled accurately and that you have his/her correct title. No one likes to have his/her name misspelled.
- Identify the specific job for which you are seeking to be hired. Do not make the employer guess at what you are interested in doing. With smaller companies, this is not as much of a concern, although it is still proper to list the position you are targeting. With larger organizations, this is an essential element of your cover letter.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the organization. In the second or third paragraph of the cover letter, include some of the information that you learned when you researched the company. This lets the prospective employer know that you are willing to take the necessary steps to do a complete job and that you are willing to work hard for what you want.
- Easy to read language. Do not use acronyms, slang or jargon. The best way to do this is to be conver- sational, but at the same time, professional.
- Explanations of anything that your resume does not easily convey. For instance, if you have a gap in your employment, use the cover letter to explain that.
- White space. Do not cram the whole letter so full of words that the the reader's eyes do not get a break. Use white space effectively. If the letter is too wordy, the reader will skim it rather than read each word.
- A positive attitude. You have to show the employer that you have a great attitude, enjoy your work and will do whatever it takes to succeed in the position. The best, and perhaps the only place to do this is in your cover letter.
- Active language – verbs. Sell yourself. This is not a license to use "I" at the beginning of every sentence, but you can state in clear and well-defined language what you can do to assist the employer in reaching specific goals. Engage the reader in wanting to know all about you. Generate excitement. When you speak convincingly, your reader will find it easy to agree with you.
- A request for an interview. Let the employer know that you will follow up at a certain time on a particular date. Simply state that you would like to meet face to face to further discuss the mutual benefits of a potential working relationship.
These ten cover letter tips may hold the key to your professional future. Create your cover letter and resume making every attempt possible to win a prospective employer's favor and you will be well on your way to getting that desired call for an interview.
Of course, there are more than ten cover letter tips that could have been expressed here, but these are some of the most essential elements and ones that often go overlooked.
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