How to write an awesome cover letter and get your resume readMay 19, 2014 // Tips and Advice
The ultimate goal in finding a job is that your resume is read by the company where you send job application. In theory, this is a very simple process, but in practice it’s a little different.
On one side is YOU looking for a job, while on the other side is THE COMPANY that needs a person who will do the job. You send your resume to the company and hope that someone call you for job interview, but what if your resume does not even get read? One way of increasing your chances is attaching a great cover letter, as the job of the cover letter is to entice the reader to learn more about you and read that resume.
The main purpose of the cover letter is to interest the employer to read your resume. In order to succeed, your cover letter must be excellent. A hiring manager, recruiter or HR person are swamped with a bunch job applications. Therefore, it is very important that your cover letter is unique and special, to highlight you in the crowd of other cover letters.
The key question/problem the cover letter should answer/solve is “Why select you?” This means you have to clearly state what you do better than others, what makes you unique and how the reader would be making a mistake by not considering you for the position.
We will present you the way how to write an awesome cover letter and get your resume read. Here are a few guidelines on putting together an awesome cover letter:
Make sure you put your personal details at the top of the page, get all the details right and check them a few times before sending off:
- Your Address
- Mr. /Ms. (Name of Employer)
- Company Name
- Their Address
- Dear Mr./Ms. (Their Name Again)
Reasons – first paragraph:
You need to begin with telling the reader what job you are applying for and why. Keep this short and to about two-three sentences, cover these points:
- Reason for writing and which role you are applying for.
- Drop any names of people you know in the organization here, e.g. “John Smith in your department encouraged me to send an application as he thinks I have the required skills to succeed.”
- Give any compelling reasons you have applied for the position or company. Keep it short and sweet, with the view to inspire the reader.
Achievements – second paragraph:
Here’s your chance to tell the employer why you are the man/woman for the job. Bring out some of your most relevant skills and experiences and mention how they will be applied in the new position. Pick out three examples of major achievements and provide the story to back these up:
- Start out with a short introduction focused on your achievements and how your skills and experience will be a good match for the new job.
- Support and back up your introduction. This is where you exhibit your evidence in terms of specific positions/roles/responsibilities and so on.
- Don’t write too much about one accomplishment that you are the most proud of as you don’t know what the reader will think.
- Repeat the job title and company to further position yourself as the right person for the job in the mind of the reader.
Looking forward to an interview – last paragraph:
A short paragraph that simply mentions your attached resume, tells the employer you are looking forward to an interview and let them know you will be in contact by a specific date.
Don’t forget to thank the person reading your cover letter for their time and consideration.
Your Signature (scan this)