The myth that the cover letter is dead is just that — a myth. Employers seek more information about candidates to make informed decisions when choosing applicants to interview. Stand out from the competition during the job search by crafting an awesome letter that sells your skills, experience and personality so you are the first one called in to interview for the job.
Focus on the Company
Include information in your cover letter that shows you have researched the company. Employers want to know why you want to work for the organization, according to Heather Huhman with GlassDoor. Provide details about what you admire about the business goals and mission while describing how your values and work ethic are in line with what the company stands for in the industry.
Mirror the Job Description
Compare your skills and experience to the desired traits listed in the job description. Show that you are proficient in software and hardware programs the company utilizes on a daily basis. Detail your experience that is in line with what the company is seeking in a job candidate. Leave no doubt in the hiring manager's mind that you are the best fit for the position when writing your cover letter.
Avoid deceiving employers just to get an interview. Provide honest details about your experience and skills. Candidates who lack the skills desired for the job can provide information on how they plan to gain proficiency in these areas. Show that you are willing to gain more knowledge or education to meet the requirements of the job, and succeed while working for the company.
Use Creative Language
Hiring managers read through countless letters and often find that candidates use the same terms and language. Be creative and stand out from the competition by using a thesaurus during your job search to describe your experience. Word variations used in a cover letter can also help the letter flow well. Proofread carefully so you are using terms in the correct context.
Ask for an Interview
Conclude the cover letter by requesting an interview. Show that you are confident in your skills by noting when you are available and how eager you are to begin working for the company. Thank the employer for his time and note that you are looking forward to joining the team. Confidence is key when closing the letter.
Hiring managers can easily spot a template or form letter when reviewing application materials. Stand out from the competition by customizing your cover letter for each position and organization. Get creative with your language and craft an opening statement that captures interest and engages the employer. Go above and beyond when compiling the information necessary for your cover letter; you may soon see yourself as part of the organization's team.
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