Never underestimate the power of a cover letter.
It’s definitely worth investing some time into creating a good cover letter. Employers are more likely to employ someone who has spent some time proving themselves and researching. Think of a cover letter as an insight into you and something that will help you stand out compared to other applicants. You don’t want it to be so short it that it doesn’t grab their interest or so long that it loses their interest. Sometimes less is more!
So get your pen and paper at the ready…
Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re going for. Use the job description as a guideline and tie in the requirements to examples of how you meet them. It’s your opportunity to boast about what you can do so don’t feel bad about bragging!
Make sure the information you’ve included is necessary. Get all your best attributes down and give your cover letter a little of your personality. Short, professional and fun cover letters take less time to read and can improve your chances, it will make them want to know more about you. Employers decide within a matter of seconds if they think you’re a worthy applicant. So make sure you are the one that sticks in their minds!
You can’t really expect to be considered if your cover letter looks like every other persons cover letter. Different is good so don’t use cliché and dull words such as ‘hardworking’ or ‘fast learner’. These words don’t make you look creative, different or like someone who can offer something exhilarating to their company. Something many employers want in a successful employee.
An immediate no no is a cover letter full of grammatical errors. They will say a lot about you and your attention to detail. Employers will look at them as careless and unprofessional. Even though cover letters don’t normally have a set structure, it is important to make sure it flows. It should include why you’re getting in touch and why you think you’re the best person for the job.
Always end your cover letter positively. It’s the little details that count. For instance finishing your letter with something that says thank you for their consideration and that you are looking forward to finding out more about the role will show you are professional and interested. That will leave a lasting impression and could be the difference between being successful or unsuccessful.
So there you go…these are some killer tips to ensure you get the role or are at least help you to get shortlisted. Now knock em dead!