On the first page of our Cover Letters Guide we introduced some general principles of good cover letter writing. Here we help you with the content -- what to say.
Here are 10 Top Tips for great resume cover letters.
If you are sending a resume cover letter in response to an advertisement, refer to that in your letter as well.
Tell the employer what you will contribute to the job.
Find out about the company's products, its needs, the nature of its business and so on. Discuss briefly how you can be advantageous to your potential employer if you get the job.
Whatever the case, make sure you research the company and know something about them and what your job would entail before you write your cover letter. Then make sure you highlight your specific assets and the benefits these will bring to the company.
This is not the time to be shy! Say exactly why you are right for the job and what you can contribute to make the company successful. If you don't sell yourself, no one else is going to.
Close your letter with a request for the employer to act. Say something to the effect of, "I look forward to hearing from you," or, "I can be available for an interview at your convenience." The point is, you want to say something that is going to encourage the employer to take a specific action with regard to your potential hire.
Keep your resume cover letter short and sweet. Ideally, it should be no longer than one side of A4 paper, perhaps shorter. Make each sentence and paragraph concise, brief, and to the point.
Always type your resume cover letter unless you receive a specific request to send a handwritten one.
Use good quality paper, preferably white with black print. If possible, make it the same quality and color as your CV or resume.
Carefully check for typos, misspellings, etc. Carefully correct any mistakes you find then print the cover letter and sign at the bottom with your signature.
Don't enclose any other material unless asked, such as references or copies of educational certificates.
Keep copies of your resume cover letters, the dates you sent them, and to whom you've written. Not only will it help you keep track, but it will also prevent you from writing to the same person twice, by mistake.
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