You’ve probably heard it all over the news, and from friends and family: the job market is hot right now. Everyone is hiring. There’s never been a better time to move up in your career, or transition into a new role. However, to do that, you will need to make sure you have an excellent resume and cover letter so that you are able to get that elusive job interview which stands in the way of you and your new position.
In this blog, I will give you tips on creating a cover letter that will help you land more interviews. Are you looking for resume tips too? I have you covered! Check out my previous blog where I go over resume writing tips.
Without further ado, here are some tips to help you craft the ideal cover letter:
1) Use concrete and memorable examples: Your cover letter is where you can really stand out to potential employers. Be sure to highlight work experience that is unique and will capture their attention. You also want to tailor your examples towards some of the requirements the employer listed in their job listing.
2) Don’t go over one page: You want to be able to summarize your skills and experience without rambling on and on. Keep your cover letter to a page or less, and make the recruiter’s life (and your own) a little easier.
3) State your diversity, availability, or vaccination status: Some listings will especially encourage diverse group members to apply. Others will state that you need to be flexible with working evenings/weekends, and many require new candidates to be fully vaccinated. If you meet any of these criteria highlighted in a job listing, it’s a good idea to state that you are flexible, fully vaccinated, etc., as it will bolster the likelihood of you securing an interview.
4) Review for mistakes: Having grammar and spelling mistakes are an easy way to get disqualified from the competition. Carefully go over your cover letter, or have someone else check for errors.
5) Do your research: A great way to demonstrate that your cover letter isn’t simply recycled, is by showing the employer you’ve done your research. Try to find the name of who your future supervisor might be and include it in your cover letter. Provide examples which help highlight the knowledge you possess about the organization you’re applying to.
Have more tips that I didn’t go over? Be sure to include it in the comments below, so others may benefit from your knowledge!
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