How to Write a Cover Letter

by CosmicScale
Career
Published: 7 months ago
|Updated: 7 months ago
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Perhaps the most challenging part of the job application process is writing an effective cover letter. And yes, you should send one. Even if only one in two cover letters gets read, that’s still a 50% chance that including one could help you. Before you start writing, find out more about the company and the specific job you want. Next, catch the attention of the hiring manager or recruiter with a strong opening line. If you have a personal connection with the company or someone who works there, mention it in the first sentence or two, and try to address your letter to someone directly. Hiring managers are looking for people who can help them solve problems, so show that you know what the company does and some of the challenges it faces. Then explain how your experience has equipped you to meet those needs. If the online application doesn’t allow you to submit a cover letter, use the format you’re given to demonstrate your ability to do the job and your enthusiasm for the role.

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Have a strong opening statement that makes clear why you want the job and what you bring to the table.

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Be succinct — a hiring manager should be able to read your letter at a glance.

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Share an accomplishment that shows you can address the challenges the employer is facing.

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Don’t try to be funny — too often it falls flat.

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Don’t send a generic cover letter — customise each one for the specific job.

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Don’t go overboard with flattery — be professional and mature.

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