What is a cover letter?
A cover letter is a single-page letter that basically introduces you to the employer, with the aim of them reading your résumé and then hopefully inviting you for an interview. A cover letter should always accompany your résumé, folio or application documents when applying for a job or looking for work.
Why is it so important?
Along with your résumé or folio, a cover letter is the first impression a potential employer will have of you. Almost immediately, this short paragraph will tell them if you are suitable for a job with them or whether you’re not so it is important to create a cover letter that makes them want to read your résumé and organise an interview with you.
So here are our tips on how to write a great cover letter, which will make employers turn the page to your résumé and don’t forget to check out the link below for cover letter samples and templates plus even more information.
- Include some brief information about you
- Mention the job you are applying for or the type of work you are looking for
- List some personal skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for or the type of work you are looking for
- Make the reader want to know more about you by reading your resume
- Finish with a call to action for the employer (such as organising a job interview or meeting)
- Address it to a specific person (if possible, the person who is hiring)
- Talk about yourself too much (you want them to read your resume so make sure you leave something for them to read)
- Have spelling or grammatical errors
- Have a generic cover letter that you give out to every job you apply for (it looks lazy… make sure it shows that you are familiar with the company and what the job requires)
- Address it “to whom it may concern” if you can avoid it (try and find out names as it looks much more friendly and shows that you put in the effort)