The perfect cover letter for your job application
When you’re applying for a job, your cover letter is your first opportunity to make a great impression.
It sets the tone for the employer reading your application, and summarises the key information you wish to convey.
It’s important to take the time to write a cover letter that tailors to the specific position and company you’re applying to.
Here are some tips for writing the perfect cover letter:
Introducing yourself might seem like an obvious tip. However, many people make the mistake of not doing so in their cover letters.
You should also state the position you are applying for. Always presume the person reading your application has little patience or time. Including this information in your cover letter will help to quickly hook the reader’s attention.
Why you are interested in the position
You are trying to stand out from the crowd. By discussing your interest in the position you have an opportunity to create a connection with your potential future employers.
Take time to research the company and the position. Highlight what about the company and the position interests you. Show that you have put thought into your application and are genuinely interested in the opportunity.
By answering some of the below questions, you can separate yourself from other candidates by showing that you have done your homework and are enthusiastic about the opportunity;
- Why are you interested in this specific position?
- What about the job and the company appeals to you?
- Why do you think you’d be a good fit for the job?
Your skills and experience
By summarising your skill set and experience, you can quickly demonstrate to potential employers why you are the best candidate for the position.
Focus on the skills and experience that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
How has your previous experience prepared you for this job? Use specific examples to illustrate how you have used your skills in past roles.
Include any qualifications, accreditations or awards that can highlight your strengths applicable the role.
Conclude your cover letter by thanking the reader for their time, and your hopes of hearing from them soon.
Include your contact information in case the reader has any further questions.
A typo in your cover letter can be the difference between the employer getting in touch with you and throwing your CV into the rejection pile.
Proofread your letter multiple times before sending it off, and ask someone else to do so as well. Typos are easy to make, but can be very costly when applying for a job.
What not to include in a cover letter
- Confusing or long paragraphs – Stick to short, concise sentences that are easy to read. Long sentences and paragraphs to an unengaged reader will make them skip to the next applicant.
- Negative statements – This includes negative comments made about past employers. Negative statements are a sure fire way of creating a perception you are a problem, even if the scenario is true.
- Salary expectations – This should be saved for later in the interview process.
- Generic phrases – Phrases such as “I am a hard worker” or “I am a team player” can come. This makes your cover letter come across boring and uninspired.
Get to work
And that’s it!
The perfect cover letter is personalised, well-written and tailored to the specific position you are applying for. By following these tips,You should now be perfectly equipped to write an irresistible cover letter that wows your potential employer!
Now for your CV.
Does your CV now continue the good work your killer cover letter has started?
If not, read our article on how to create a killer CV.
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