How to write a successful cover letter
Did you know that writing a cover letter is a crucial step in the job seeking process? Many people don’t attach it to their resume at all or don’t put in enough time to create an effective one. Some might think that it’s unnecessary or even useless because all of their information is already listed in their resume. However, it’s wrong to assume so.
The main idea of the cover letter is to introduce yourself, tell the potential employer about who you are, your interest in the position and why you think you would be a great candidate. It is also different from a plain old resume because you add a human touch to it. It means that it should feel like you are having a friendly conversation with your future employer.
Does this sound challenging? It definitely might, and we understand why. However, don’t get discouraged because you can always ask a professional for help. Resume Genius is at your service and we are eager to assist you with whatever challenges you face. We are also happy to share some tips with you on how to write a successful cover letter that attracts attention and results in an interview invitation.
The Purpose of the Cover Letter
- Introduce yourself
- Talk about your relevant skills and accomplishments
- Explain why you are a good fit for the company
• Keep in mind that you must tailor a cover letter for every position you want to apply for.
A good cover letter should start with a header. You need to include your name, phone number and your email address. It should look similar to what you have on your resume but you may omit your physical address (if included in your resume). You should then include the receivers’ name, their position, the name of the company and its address. It’s not always easy to find the name of the hiring manager; however, don’t give up if you can’t. You can either contact a professional as they have their ways of finding out things like this or just don’t include it. It’s acceptable to start the letter with Dear Hiring Manager/HR Manager, for instance.
One more important thing that needs to be mentioned is that you should keep your cover letter between half a page to two thirds of a page long. Remember that most employers spend less than a minute when reading your resume and a cover letter.
• Keep your cover letter short!
Content of a Cover Letter
A perfectly balanced cover letter should consist of three paragraphs. However, if you are not applying for an entry level position, it’s acceptable to make it longer. The content of the cover letter is extremely important. So if in doubt, do not hesitate to contact professionals.
• Introduce yourself
In the first paragraph, you should introduce yourself and mention the position you are applying for. It’s good to include where or how you found the opening, the title, or a job ID (if any). You should lead to the next paragraph by stating a brief summary of your qualifications or your interest in the position.
• Sell yourself
In the second paragraph, you should list
your qualifications and achievements that make you a good candidate for the
position. Ensure that you highlight the right experiences and showcase the
right skills. Remember that you want to stand out among hundreds or sometimes
thousands of other candidates. At Resume Genius we know how to make it happen. It
won’t be enough to just list a couple of things you accomplished in your
previous position. Make sure to write how you exceeded expectations of your
employer and give some measurable examples.
• Call for action and gratitude
In the last paragraph, you should emphasize that you consider yourself a good fit for the position, based on your qualifications. Here you should include a call to action, which in this case is an interview invite. In this same paragraph you should thank the readers for taking their time and for considering you for the position.
Let’s look at the result we receive by
following the tips given above. This is an example of a solid cover letter that
will definitely draw an HR manager’s attention.
As a bonus, we provide some additional tips on how to write a successful cover letter: