5 Steps On How To Write A Breakthrough Cover Letter
A perfect cover letter is like the far-off lake that a parched desert wanderer spies on the horizon. The harder you try to reach it, the further away it seems. Does it really exist – or is it just a beautiful mirage?
Cover Letters TOTALLY Matter, AND They're Underrated.
What is a cover letter? Do they actually help you when you're applying for a job?
A Cover letter is, obviously, a letter sent along with your resume to talk about additional skills and experiences you have. You want to talk about why you are interested and passionate about the field and company. Make sure you write a cover letter that is tailored for each company you apply to. Hiring managers can tell if you wrote a generic one and pressed copy and paste 100 times.
Cover letters are the first thing human resources, recruiters, hiring managers, etc. see when they look at your application and resume. And duh, of course it helps. It can only benefit you - even if HR doesn't read your cover letter, it shows effort and as a good candidate in this job seeking world, we must invest time to perfecting the art of the cover letter.
1. Put in time and effort.
2. Realize that a cover letter will give you an advantage.
You're sitting in front of your screen, moments away from closing Microsoft Word. But then you realize that cover letters are the first thing people see along with your resume. It's your chance to be the lively, captivating person you are and win them over with how you are so passionate about the field and how you're different from every one else applying to the same job.
3. Do your research and know your audience.
4. Know yourself.
5. Show, don't tell.
Lifehacker.com has a handy list of three things every single employer needs to get from a cover letter before he or she moves on to a resume:
1. You're smart
2. You'll get things done
3. You'll fit in well with their corporate culture
I obviously know you fit all three of these categories... so turn on your computer, and start that bangin' cover letter!
*FINGERS CROSSED* that your resume and cover letter lands you an interview!