The Dreaded Cover Letter

The cover letter is one of the most important pieces one can create in search of their dream job. However, as much as you love the cover letter, I am not sure if it loves us back.

The cover letter is one of those pieces, that you hate to write. Writing one can sometimes feel gruesome and overwhelming; however, with the right tools and perseverance, you can create the ideal cover letter that will allow you to stand out from the crowd.

In a nutshell, the cover letter is a persuasive letter of interest that will help market yourself and explain, “Why they should hire you?”

I will give you all my top 5 tips in writing a successful cover letter!

5. Strong Closing! This is the last thing they will remember you by. Show that you have initiative and persistence. Don’t be afraid to mention, “I look forward to receiving an interview from you”, or “I will be contacting you soon to schedule an interview.” This shows that you have a strong interest in receiving the job.

4. Send to an Actual Recipient. The days of “To Whom it May Concern” are long. Being specific to who you send it to, whether it is the Internship Coordinator or Human Resources director shows that you went out of your way to find out who will actually review your resume/cover letter.  Don’t be afraid to ask for the these persons names.  It also will not hurt to include a reference, whether it is the company’s secretary or someone heavily affiliated with the company.

3. Be Specific! In your body, mention exactly what you will offer, but be careful to only mention your skills that pertain to the job you are seeking. If you interested in a PR firm, your knowledge in deciphering electrical engineer codes will not be necessary. Mention specific experiences that displayed your many skills that you could offer. Also, be specific in what you know about the company and how you can contribute to their company culture.

2. Attention-Grabbing Introduction. The introduction should briefly state the position that one is seeking, and should immediately catch the employer’s interest. If the introduction is stale, they may not read the rest. Find a creative way to explain why you are interested in that particular job or field.

1. GRAMMAR! One of the biggest things that employers seek, but do not advertise, is for potential employees that sound intelligent and smart. Writing is a skill that will never go out of style. It is important for one to create a profound and cleverly-written piece that shows off their sense of style and character.

I hope my tips were helpful.

Other tips:

1. Use the same header that you use on your resume to create conformity.

2. Send a follow-up cover letter if you have not heard back from the company in 2-3 weeks.

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~ by byron72689 on May 22, 2011.

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