How To Write A Cover Letter

    We all come to a point in life when we need to look for work. Finding your first employment isn’t always easy since you probably have little experience. An essential part of the job-seeking process is your cover letter, which will help your potential employer better assess if you are the right person for the job. Are you nervous about possible grammatical or stylistic errors? For that, you can use a cover letter editor to help you in this regard. When it comes to structure and content, below are some quick tips to consider when you are writing a cover letter.

    What is a cover letter, and why do we need it?

    Having a cover letter is standard practice in the employment process. Although it may not always be mandatory in the recruitment and employment process, it certainly serves as a powerful tool to draw attention to yourself and your best qualities, which you can highlight in the letter. Therefore, globally, the overwhelming majority of job-seekers attach a cover letter to their resume to guide the attention of head hunters to the applicant’s most attractive qualities. While the resume simply lists various essential information, a cover letter gives the reader a guided insight about why you might be the best person for the job. The cover letter tends to be roughly about 250-450 words, which is the length proven to retain the attention of the reader.  

    What are the main guidelines? 

    The ideal size for a cover letter is 2-4 paragraphs, or, as previously stated, 250-450 words. The text should include:

    • An appeal.
    • The essence of the letter and a logical conclusion.
    • A call to action for the employer.

    Ideally, if you have the opportunity to address the human resources manager by name, that is the best way to go. If not, a more general “Dear Human Resources Department” or even “To Whom It May Concern” would do. 

    The body of the text should briefly describe your achievements and skills (highlighting those skills that you feel are best applicable for this particular position). You should also describe in detail what value you can bring to the company, indicate that you meet the requirements specified for the position (education, experience, knowledge of particular software, etc.), and finally, why your application is uniquely qualified.  

    Tip: Do not forget to edit and personalize your letter each time you apply for a position, tailoring the text each time. There is nothing worst than realizing in horror that you’ve sent your generic cover letter without tailoring it to a job you really want. Save the file in pdf format (for design letters) or in Google Docs for text documents with a shareable link. 

    Cover letter when changing fields.

    Sometimes, your cover letter accompanies your application for a position that represents somewhat new territory for you. Perhaps you are looking to expand on your experience by moving into a new field within your profession. For example from copywriting to internet marketing. Your lack of experience can certainly be a deterrent for potential employees. Try to compensate for your lack of experience with something that would make an employer overlook the fact that this field is new for you. This could be a proven mastery of another vital and much more difficult to learn skill that would serve you in the new position. Or perhaps a track record of quickly excelling in new fields, as well as your evident desire to develop and evolve in your profession.  

    This might sound counterintuitive, but don’t focus too much on yourself. The company that you are applying to is looking for someone to do something for them. Which means that above all else, they need to know how you can contribute to their company. So, while sharing your accomplishments is important, make sure you describe how these accomplishments will help you perform your duties at the company and positively contribute.  

    While it may be tempting, don’t write too much. Although the details of why you are the best person for the job and how you came to be who you are are fascinating to you, the reader will lose interest quickly if you submit a novel-like story about your life. Studies show that roughly 70% of employers prefer a cover letter that is roughly half a page long.  

    Also, in the spirit of keeping the cover letter short and to the point, don’t feel the need to share the details of every single job your’ve ever held. Write specifically about experiences that are applicable to this position.  

    And lastly, needless to say, there is absolutely no room for misspellings and grammatical errors. Double-check your work. Triple-check it. Show it to someone else, and then recheck it.  

    Good luck! 

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