We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.
The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.
Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:
1. Discuss Specific Details
Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.
2. Show Your Success
Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.
3. Make It Look Good
This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.
When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!
What tips do you have on writing cover letters?