Tips for A Great Cover Letter.
Cover letters are often a crucial piece of landing a job and most employers will request that you submit one when applying for a position. We have listed some tips below to help you write a killer cover letter that will knock an employer’s socks off.
Tip 1. Make It Brief
Employers don’t have the time to read through a cover letter as long as a book. Cover letters are meant to give the employer a brief overview of your qualification and skills while using examples of where you learned these skills. Your resume is there for the in-depth background and your cover letter should just be a brief listing of your professional skills.
Tip 2. Linked in.
According to a recent survey by Jobvite, over 90% of employers use linked-In when evaluating a potential hire. So, if you don’t have Linked-In I suggest you get a profile and upload all the information that is on your resume so the two match perfectly. Your cover letter needs to have your linked-In URL in the header with your contact information. This allows employers to easily find you on Linked-In and review your qualifications. You will also want to place your Linked-In URL next to your contact information in your resume.
Tip 3. Thank The Employer.
In the last paragraph of your cover letter, which would be the conclusion. You will want to thank the employer for taking his time to read your cover letter. You will want to use a professional tone, just as you would for the rest of the cover letter. Here is an example: “I would like to thank you for reading this letter, I have attached my resume, and I look forward to hearing from you.” You will also want to say thank you again above your signature. Here is an example of how that should look.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Tip 4. Paragraph Spacing.
As mentioned before the cover letter should be brief. You will want to use multiple small paragraphs with plenty of spacing. Believe it or not, most people do not like to read, especially when it’s for their job. In this case, the person recruiting the new employee. When something is typed in small print and bunched together, it appears very intimidating and tedious to read. Nobody wants to read something that looks tedious and time-consuming. By breaking up your cover letter into small paragraphs you will eliminate this feeling of intimidation and have a better chance of getting your cover letter read.
Tip 5. Flow.
You want to make sure everything in your cover letter flows. It has to follow a logical progression of ideas from start to finish. It always good to start with why you’re interested in the job, then tell them why your qualified for the job “Past work experiences that are relatable” and lastly tell them that you are excited about the opportunity to work for the company.
If you follow these simple tips you will greatly increase your chances of landing a job in today’s competitive job market.