So we all know we need a resume when applying for a job but what about a cover letter? Is it really something you HAVE TO HAVE when applying?
If you want to make a good impression, then the answer is yes. For those who don’t know, a cover letter is a personalized letter addressing to either the company or the specific person (preferably) you are applying for a job with. In this letter, you must address who you are, the position you are applying for, some experience and reasons why you would make for a valuable candidate.
Make sure when typing your cover letter that you do not repeat everything that is mentioned in your resume. That will defeat the purpose of even having a resume in the first place. Highlight important parts from your resume like “Graduated University” or “Gained valuable experience working with so-and-so company” and mention it in your cover letter. That will hopefully spark the employer’s interest to then look into your resume and keep you in mind.
Your cover letter should be about 3 paragraphs long and should basically stat who you are, what you are applying for, a few facts as to why you would best fit the position and contact information. It should be formal and properly edited without any spelling or grammatical errors.
When it comes to writing about difficult situations such as getting laid off or explaining medical leave, make sure you are professional in addressing it. Click on this link for ideas on the best way to write about a sticky situation.
Lastly, the best thing to do is always remember to write your cover letter with confidence. If the job is right for you, then it will show through in your professional manner and set up of your cover letter and resume.
After all of that hard work, hopefully good news will follow. Good Luck!