What is a cover letter and why is it important?
A cover letter tells the employer why you are interested in the position, your professional experience and why you think you would be perfect fit. The goal of the cover letter is to show the employer that you have experience in the field and enthusiasm for the job that you are applying for.
Tips to make your cover letter stand out:
1. Make sure the first line of your cover letter grabs the attention of the reader. Hiring managers only spend about 15 seconds looking over your cover letter and resume. Make your 15 seconds count!
2. Use correct grammar and spelling! A big turn off to employers are cover letters that have improper grammar and misspellings. Proofread your cover letter and have a second set of eyes to to make sure there are no errors at all.
3. Research the position you are applying for. Show your employer that you did your homework and are familiar with not only the position, but the organization.
4. Make sure all contact information on your cover letter is up to date. This is very important. If the employer finds you qualified for the position and wants to contact you, he or she can only do so if you have given the most updated information!
5. Stick to no more than one page. Because employers are usually only spending 15 seconds on your cover letter, make sure your information is clear, concise and to the point. This will allow your potential employer to get a feel for your skills and if they match the position.
6. Your cover letter should only highlight your professional skills. Cover letters are designed to make you stand out professionally- do not include personal information. Your cover letter should also refer an employer to your resume for more details about you professionally.
7. Never hand write a cover letter! Cover letters should always be typed in 12 point font with single spacing. The more professional your cover letter looks, the more professional you as a candidate will seem.
8. Keep a proactive tone. Show your employer that you are ready to work efficiently and want to get the job done.
9. Follow up with your potential employer if you do not hear from them within a week. This will allow you some clarification on whether the position has been filled or not.
10. Monster.com does a great job of listing out everything you'll need for a great cover letter. Check out their website to see how you can improve yours!
Meet the Author - Samantha Beaudry
I am always looking for ways to better myself professionally and sharpen my skills. I am constantly polishing and reworking professional documents!