some candidates, writing a cover letter can be an intimidating process. There
seems to be endless ways to approach a cover letter, and countless questions to
consider. Using specific guidelines can help make the process seem less
daunting. That’s why we decided to break down the most important aspects of
cover letters, so check out our recommendations below!
Where (or how) do you start?
you even begin writing the content of your cover letter, make sure to include
your name, address, and contact information on the letter, as well as to whom
you are addressing the letter. Simply starting with “Dear Hiring Manager” takes
away from the formality of the letter. Once you do begin writing, try to grab
the attention of the reader right away, by starting with your skills or
discussing what value you can bring to the company. For example, a statement
like, “As a trained professional with over 10 years of experience, I am
confident I bring the skills necessary for this position,” is more personal and
effective than a general statement like, “Please consider my application for
How long should it be?
important about a cover letter is not so much the length of it, but rather how
concisely and clearly it is written. If you can express your qualifications
clearly in half a page, then that works great. Generally cover letters should
not exceed a page, and a half a page to three-fourths of a page is a good
length to shoot for. However, make sure what you are including is absolutely
necessary, and don’t get caught up in flowery or descriptive language—following
that rule should keep your cover letter short and clear.
How should you sell your skills?
the words “I think” or “I might” or any other words that suggest hesitation is
something to avoid. You want to convince these hiring managers that you are
their next dream employee, so use strong words like “I would” and “I am
confident that”. Also, always try to include ‘buzzwords’ from the original job
advertisement when listing your experience, to not only show that you are
qualified, but to also show that you understand what the job entails and have
read the description thoroughly.
How do you leave it?
wrapping up your cover letter, make sure to reiterate your interest in both the
specific job and the company itself. Why do you want to work for this company
above all other companies? Also, never forget to include a way to reach you in
case a hiring manager has further questions. Always thank the company for their
time and consideration, and make sure to end with a professional sign-off.
“Best Regards” and “Thank You” are great options, whereas “Yours Truly” or
“Sincerely Yours” tend to be less professional. Remember, you’re writing this
to be seen by a potential employer, not your friends or family.
Have more questions or concerns about cover letters? Send an email to Rachel Cerrone, our Recruiting Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on any of our social media pages to get your questions answered!
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