How to Write a Professional Cover Letter

Isn’t it ironic…it’s hard work finding work! Fortunately, there are several resources available to help get you closer to landing your dream job.

One of the most important components of the job application process is your cover letter – it’s your first chance to make a great impression. Your candidacy for a position could either start strong or end quickly based on the strength of your cover letter. It’s important to use your cover letter as an opportunity to articulate why YOU are the best person for the job.

Here are 4 helpful tips on how to make your cover letter shine above the rest:

1. Know the Company

Before you begin to write your cover letter, do some research on the company. Learn about its culture, what it does and what it’s looking for in its employees. It’s also acceptable to reach out to the company and find out who will be reviewing your application. That way, you can address your cover letter to a real person. You may even get to speak with the person and establish a connection right away.

2. What Do You Want to Highlight?

Look over your resume and find 3 of your greatest accomplishments as they apply to the job, and discuss them within the body of the letter. Cover letters are meant to be short teasers, so half a page of writing broken into three or four focused paragraphs is usually sufficient. Leave some mystery for the reader and share other information about yourself during your interview.

3. Make Your Cover Letter Stand Out

Choosing words that convey enthusiasm and passion is also important. You need to let people know that you are excited about the position and have plenty of talent and skills to offer. Open with an attention-grabbing first sentence, such as a personal experience related to the content of the job. Then include one or two unique qualifications that can help you stand out from other applicants. Make the reader curious to learn more about you.

4. Leave a Call to Action

When you end your cover letter, it is wise to request an action on behalf of the reader. A good example is, “I look forward to hearing from you soon to set up a time to interview.” A sentence like this encourages the reader to contact you and conveys your confidence that you made a good enough impression to land the interview. If you don’t hear back within a week, follow up with the company to check the status of your application. This demonstrates to them that you are genuinely interested in the position, and keeps your name fresh in the recruiter’s mind.

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