Writing The Perfect Cover
Letter, Part 6
(Writing The Best Cover
Letters To Go With Your Resume)
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Learn About Cover Letter Types
The type of cover letter you are going to write and submit should be thought of carefully because it should be based on your title or status, the job posting and how you are submitting to. Cover letters also differ in types depending on the recipients – like if you are sending to a recruitment company, to a friend or an acquaintance who can recommend you for a job.
Standard Cover Letter
The Standard Cover Letter is the best type to use for regular job posting.
Cold Cover Letter
If there is no job posting of a company but you are really keen on working for that employer, you need to write a Cold Cover Letter.
Referral Cover Letter
A Referral Cover Letter type is needed if you have been referred for a job, by an employee of your prospective client, under the company’s referral program.
Find the Right Contact Person
While writing a cover letter, it is important to know who the company’s hiring contact person is. This is significant because sending a personalized cover letter addressed to someone in particular is better than sending one addressed as, “To whom it may concern.”
Review Sample Cover Letters
If you have some spare time, spend that in reviewing available samples of cover letters. By doing this, you will get a good idea of how effective and winning cover letters are formatted based on job descriptions and qualification requirements. Hopefully, reading through the sample will inspire you to create your own killer cover letter.
Use Keywords in Cover Letters
Always check the job posting for the descriptions or list of qualifications, because these are the keywords that you should use. So, in each job application, customize your keywords in order to get better chances at being called in for interviews. An effective cover letter is one that will make the hiring manager take notice of you at first glance. It should be written based on the information you have in your resume. It is important to think back in your resume writing to make sure that everything matches.
Three Editing Secrets for a Better Cover Letter
A cover letter usually has three to four paragraphs, which tells the hiring manager or recruiter who you are, why you are applying for the job and why they should consider you for an interview. With only three or four paragraphs, you simply cannot afford to waste space by including useless words and ineffective phrases. So, editing is important. Asking someone to take a look at your cover letter is one way of having it proofread and edited. But of course, another set of eyes may not always be available. So, you are left with only one option, to edit your own cover letter. Do not worry too much though, if you were able to go through resume writing, you can do the same with cover letter writing. So, start off by doing your best in writing the most creative cover letter that you can and then save the copy. Rest for a while and then once you think that your mind is ready for another adventure, open the cover letter and start reading it thoroughly.
Pretend that You Did Not Write the Cover Letter
You already know that you and the job match. You also know that you and the company can benefit from each other. Sometimes though, such knowledge can make you unaware of the mistakes that you have committed. So, pretend that you are reading a cover letter written by another person. If you are a hiring manager, do you think that the content is convincing? Are there missing components that could have made it a lot more effective?
Take the Risk
Sometimes, it takes boldness and creativity to end up with a very convincing cover letter. Before you write the official cover letter, try writing down a paragraph or two about yourself. Be the most honest that you can and describe yourself as student, as an employee and as an accomplished person. Keep that file saved and then start on your cover letter. When it comes to the part where you are going to sell yourself pull the hidden file and take the plunge. Use your bold and brave descriptions and be done with it.
Edit your Cover Letter the Old School Way
Sometimes staring at your computer screen for too long will make your eyes and brain so tired that you will not be able to see anything wrong with what you have composed. One of the first things that you need to do is to spell check your content. The importance of proofreading cannot be emphasized enough whether you are writing a resume or a cover letter. The next thing that you should do is to print out your cover letter. There is no better way of proofreading and editing than doing the tasks on a printed document. While reading the document, it would be a good idea to read slow and out loud. That way you can hear how the content sounds. You will be surprised at how easy it will be to find mistakes or to realize you have missed adding some words (like the, an, and a) when you do editing this way. Cover letter is an essential tool when applying for a job. If you are still asking if you really need one, then the answer is yes. If you are wondering if anyone still reads a cover letter, then again, the answer is yes. So, make sure you have a creative, effective and customized cover letter. If you really cannot do it, ask help from a professional resume writer.