A well written, compelling cover letter can show the hiring manager that they absolutely must invite you for an interview. In my recruitment job, I see a lot of cover letters on a daily basis. Sadly, many of them are bland and forgettable and often way too long.
stand out, it is for the wrong reasons – as you can see for yourself if you read the beginning of a cover letter I’ve recently received for an Office Admin role! “So how’s your equal opportunities record doing? Slipping a bit? I can help you. With me, not only do you get a token female-with-a-disability, you get a token lesbian as well! (and I’m Scottish, does that count?) And that’s before I’ve even lifted a finger.” Surely, it is better to attract the attention of employers by pointing out your achievements relevant to the position you’re applying for? Your cover letter is your best chance to show to your prospective employer that you’ll perform really well in the job, that you’re likeable and will fit in well. Here are my three top tips on how to make your cover letter shine:
Keep It Concise And To The PointTrust me, it is very boring to read a long cover letter especially if you have many applications to review. Succinct and to the point is always better than a long essay. Imagine you only had 15 seconds to tell the employer why they should hire you – what would you say? Then put THAT in your cover letter. All you need to include is:
- Why you are writing
- Why you are qualified (highlighting specific accomplishments)
- Thank you with a call to action