Knowing how to write an effective cover letter can be an important part of job hunting. As employers review applications and resumes, a well-written cover letter can set you apart from other candidates with similar skill sets and experiences. When writing a cover letter, there are a few simple tips to keep in mind.
Before you begin writing your letter, research the company and position for which you are applying. Instead of writing a generic cover letter to use for multiple employment applications, write individual letters specific to each opening. Customize your letter based on the information you learn about the employer.
Your letter should be typed and follow a standard business letter format. Be sure to include a heading with the date and address. Address a specific person in your salutation. Keep your letter brief. Most hiring managers are busy, and appreciate it when applicants can quickly summarize qualifications in a cover letter. Check your grammar and spelling before submitting your letter. Even if the position you are applying for doesn’t require good writing skills, you appear more professional when your letter is written well.
As you market yourself, refer to the job description as you discuss how your experiences and skills qualify you for the position. Focus on explaining how you would be an asset for the company, instead of reviewing reasons why you want the job. Employers do not hire based on candidate wants or needs; they hire based on your credentials. Don’t repeat what is already listed on your resume; talk about what makes you a good fit for their company and that job specifically. Explain what sets you apart from other candidates.
For more tips on how to be successful in your job search, contact a Penmac Staffing Specialist today.