Cover letter must haves
Before we discuss what your cover letter should contain in order for the employer to take
notice and review your resume, it is critical that understand the importance of having a
cover letter. The most commonly made mistake in resume submissions is not including a
copy of your cover letter. If you are emailing your resume, the cover letter can be included in
the body of the email, or attached (although employers typically prefer no attachments in
email submissions). If you are faxing or mailing your resume, assure that the cover letter
comes before the resume. Omitting a cover letter from your job application appears
unprofessional to your potential employer; having a well-written, personalized cover letter
allows the employer to get an insight into who you are, how you communicate and how you
present yourself as a professional.
Here are some great tips on composing a winning cover letter to accompany your resume:
- Address the letter to the appropriate person. The biggest mistake professionals
make is not taking the time to address their cover letter to the appropriate person, such as
the recruiter or the hiring manager. Take the time to address your cover letter to the
appropriate person; if the job description does not include a person as a contact, take queue
from the text and address the letter to the team listed as the contact. Using generic lines,
such as 揟 o whom it may concern,?is not acceptable on a cover letter.
- Know what the goal of your cover letter is and express it clearly, and concisely. Sel l
yourself in the best possible light; make sure that you sound confident professional in your
cover letter. Concentrate on the positives, and highlight those qualifications that make you a
perfect candidate for the job. Even if you are insecure in your qualifications, or feel that you
may be slightly under-qualified for the job, put your best foot forward.
- Customize your cover letter to the position you are applying for. It is very important
that your cover letter address why you are the best person for the job you are seeking. This
includes indicating the job title in the cover letter. Generic statements, or statements
indicating that you are interested in any open position with the company, make you appear
unprofessional and unprepared.
- Answer these two questions: why do you want this particular job, and what can you
do for the company? These two questions must be addressed in the cover letter in order to
let your employer know that you are serious about your interest, that you have considered
the opportunity and how it fits with your professional goals, and what you are willing to
bring to the table in order to benefit the organization you want to work for.
- Proof your cover letter. Errors and misspellings leave a poor impression on the
- Close the cover letter by indicating to your potential employer when you intent to
follow up on your application. Do not end the letter with a statement that leaves it up to the
employer to call you at their convenience. Let the employer know that you want to follow up,
when and how you will do so. This confirms your interest in the position, and your
professional etiquette. Note, you must follow up when and how you indicated on the cover
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