Cover letter writing tips

					Cover letter writing tips

One of the most common mistakes which many people make when writing cover
letters is to neglect the entire purpose of a cover letter. While some may go overboard
with the amount and details of information they include in the letter, others, in an
attempt to be informal, take an entirely-too-casual approach. It cannot be too strongly
stressed that writing a cover letter is not the same as writing to a friend or a family
member. Please resist the urge to be chatty, humorous, or overly personal.

The purpose of a cover letter is to provide your prospective employer with a brief
view of the person who is seeking the job and the benefits and value you would bring
to the company as an employee. It is meant to spark his interest in reviewing your
resume and requesting an interview. The cover letter is your way of introducing
yourself, making a good first impression, and outlining how you are the perfect
"solution" to the employer's needs.

A good cover letter will help the prospective employer decide that he wants to know
more about you, and what you can offer to his company. If you keep this in mind, you
will be well on your way to writing a cover letter that does its job.

As your cover letter is the employer's first introduction to you, preparing it correctly is
essential. It is a good idea to write an initial draft of the letter then "sleep on it" and
review it the next day. In addition to taking care that the letter is written in the proper
form for a business letter, you want to pay special attention to your spelling and
grammar. One misspelled word can make the difference between capturing the
employer's interest and landing your letter and resume in the "toss" pile rather than the
"to interview" pile.

The information you provide in your cover letter should be clear, brief, direct, and to
the point. As it is meant to be an overview of what you can bring to the company, you
should focus on the most relevant facts while leaving the details for your resume. For
example, if you have earned a college degree or have had prior experience that is
relevant to the job, you can state these qualifications in your cover letter, but reserve
dates and other specifics for your resume.

Your cover letter should inform the employer that you are interested in the job, and
that you will be an asset to his company. It should let him know that you have the
qualifications or experience that he is looking for in a new employee. It is your chance
to make a positive impression, and to convince him that he wants to know more about