7 Painless Tips To Writing A Job-Winning Cover Letter
Do you hate writing cover letters? Most people do. However, employers expect to see a cover letter with your resume. They read your letter and form impressions of you as a candidate based on what they read. A bad cover letter (or a lack of one at all) can cause you to lose the chance to interview. Related: How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired The good news is that it’s easier than you think to write a cover letter that gives them a very positive first impression, makes you stand out from other candidates and gets you an interview.
Tip 1 – Use Your Cover Letter To Begin Selling Yourself For The JobThe job search itself is psychologically a sales process, and this cover letter is the very first ‘ad’ that will grab attention and interest—even before they read your resume. The employer is a customer in this process, and just like with any customer, you have to get their attention by talking about what THEY need and what THEY are interested in. “I am very excited to speak with you about this job” is not nearly as attractive as “I am excited to speak with you about how I helped my last company triple sales.”
Tip 2 – Target Your LetterThis cover letter should apply only for this job. Don’t try to use the same letter for each opportunity—it won’t work. That doesn’t mean that you can’t use elements of a good letter for multiple opportunities. It just means that you should have this particular job, at this particular company in mind when you put together your letter.
Tip 3 – Remember That You Are Writing To A PersonThis is one of the reasons that generic, formal letters fall flat. If you would not be interested in reading an overly formal, stilted piece of prose, chances are that the hiring manager (your future boss) won’t, either. Be professional, but use your own voice and inject some personality in your letter.
Tip 4 – Build Your Letter With 3 Paragraphs
- 1st paragraph – Introduction
- 2nd paragraph – Evidence
- 3rd paragraph – Close