Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What to include in your cover letter

Cover letters are an important part of any job application. It provides you with an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates. What is your personal point of difference? You can also succinctly address the selection criteria in the job advertisement – summarise how your experience makes you a great fit for this role. Also, address the person mentioned in the job advertisement to give it a personal touch. Check your grammar and spelling as the cover letter can always give the employer information on how well you can write and express yourself. I have seen many cover letters that talk about the candidates’ personal lives. Please don’t talk about your children and your marital status, and don’t plead to be given a chance to prove yourself. Keep it professional and focused on the requirements of the job being advertised.

Do you have a great cover letter that gets you results every time? Share your tips.

3 comments:

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Jen said...

I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post. I agree with not mentioning anything about your personal / family life.

I just wanted to share a few tips as far as what to include in the content of the cover letter.

Make sure you answer the employer’s top question: “What can you [job seeker] do for my business?”

Focus on how your skills, background, and accomplishments align with the employer’s needs.

Use keywords and phrases taken from the actual job description.

Point out relevant information that is well supported in the resume.

Expresses confidence without being arrogant.

Also, make sure that you express thanks to the reader.

I hope these help. Have a nice day.

Mon said...

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