When writing your cover letter, it’s important to understand its purpose. Your resume will explain your job history with tidbits about your skills, but your cover letter is where you can go into further detail about your skills and why you would be the perfect fit for the job. The cover letter shows your personality and can make you stand out from other applicants.
To successfully write an intriguing cover letter, follow the steps below.
1. Research the Company
You may have read the job description, but you should also explore the company’s website to learn more about it. You should start by looking up where the company is located, what their purpose is and what their values are in order to make your cover letter original. Based on your research, you can refer to the company’s values and projects to show you care and to also link to your beliefs and skills. Also, if your job application doesn’t list who the hiring manager is, you can try to track down their name, so you can personally address them when you’re ready to write your cover letter.
2. Follow an Organized Format
There are many examples of how to format your cover letter. Deciding on how you format it is ultimately up to your preference but also keep in mind what your cover letter’s purpose is; you can use a cover letter when applying for a new job, a promotion within your current company or checking another company’s openings.
3. Be Specific
The cover letter is about you and what you can offer to the company, so you need to provide specific examples of your success relating to the job’s requirements and the company’s purpose. When you use specific examples about that company, it shows the hiring manager you are creating original content; unique content shows the company you cared enough about this position to not copy and paste the same cover letter to multiple companies. If a hiring manager can tell you used general content to apply for any job, they will not be interested since you didn’t put forth the effort for a letter, so why would you put effort into the job?
After you’re done writing your cover letter, read through it to make sure it makes sense, there are no grammar mistakes or misspellings, and you follow a consistent format. Your introduction, body paragraph(s) and conclusion should be about the same length to make it easier for the hiring manager to read and to show consistency.
To show you follow directions, submit your application based on how the job description explains to. For example, if the directions state to submit the application via email (instead of on the job posting), be sure to attach the correct documents in the email.
Ultimately, be yourself. You don’t want to promise the company you have skills that you don’t. Based on their requirements, the company will decide if you have what it takes to be a part of their team. Your cover letter will prove your capabilities and is a good place to link to your portfolio, so the hiring manager has more examples as to why the company should hire you. Contact Premier Staffing to help you find your future position.