The last thing an interviewer wants to read is yet another dull cover letter.
He's just read one which simply refers to the 'attached resume' and 'looks forward to hearing from him' and little more. He turns to yours and it says the same. So do the next 5 cover letters. He yawns.
Then he comes across a good resume cover letter. It's interesting, compelling even and the bored interviewer sits up and takes note.
He gets to the end of the letter and reaches for the resume or CV. He already knows the candidate meets his needs from the letter but he's eager to read the resume or CV nonetheless.
He likes this candidate. In fact, he'll invite him for an interview.
Shame it's not you.
But it could be. A well written cover letter really can win interviews. It's the first thing interviewers read and it's an opportunity to make a great first impression that shouldn't be missed.
Here are 8 resume cover letter tips that will help you on your way to writing great cover letters.
Whether you're replying to an advert or approaching employers speculatively, tell your future employer what you will contribute to them. To do this, you need to read about the company. Find out the nature of its business, its products, needs, etc. Briefly discuss how you can advantageously help your employer if they hire you.
Do not be shy! Say exactly why you are right for this job and what you can do to help make the company successful. You must sell yourself because no one else is going to.
Finalize your cover letter with a request for action. Say something like: "I look forward to hearing from you," or "I will be available for an interview at your convenience." The purpose is to encourage your potential employer to take positive action which may lead to your hire.
Keep your cover letter short and to the point. Ideally it should only consist of one side of paper.
Always type your letter, unless you are asked to send a handwritten one.
Our final resume cover letter tip is to carefully check for misspellings, typos, grammar, etc. Correct any mistakes, print out the letter and sign it with your signature.
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