Are you in the process of applying to jobs? While applications can be tedious, taking time to craft well-developed cover letters can significantly enhance your resume and set you apart from the competition. In fact, taking advantage of a cover letter to convey your skills, talents, and abilities is often key for landing interviews and making a strong first impression.
Here are three of our top tips for how to write an effective and compelling cover letter:
Use a clear and concise format. Unlike a resume, a cover letter should read more as a narrative that provides supporting detail about what you bring to the table both professionally and personally. Using a clear and concise format with an introductory paragraph, body, and conclusion will make it easy for hiring managers to review the main key points of your letter and pull the most pertinent information.
Include specific examples whenever possible. One of the unique aspects of a cover letter is the ability to include specific examples about your past work performance and accomplishments. Examples that highlight metrics – such as percentages or numbers – often complement your prior job descriptions and further bolster your employment experience. Citing situations or circumstances in which you utilized your skills to improve an organization will further support your qualifications and put your talents and abilities in more context for the employer to understand.
Express genuine interest. Above all, a cover letter provides the opportunity to express genuine interest in a job and employer. In your letter, you can describe what attracts you to the position and how your qualifications align with the role. Additionally, you can discuss the organization’s workplace culture and how your personality is a fit for the employer’s environment. Not only does this highlight your interest, but shows you’ve taken time to research the employer’s mission, values, and overall culture.
With these tips, you can craft a cover letter that conveys your qualifications along with your personal interest in a job.
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