A new job search process begins with gauging your market value. The excitement of sending out details mostly dampens with the thought of sending out complete information with introductory cover letter. It is quite clear that you need to tailor your cover letter and resume with every application that you make. Tailoring is fine, but you cannot afford to have a new cover letter for every new application. You need to get a ready draft with the essential parts and ready. Tailoring can occur with margins according to the role, company and job description that the company has.
No matter how in-depth your resume is, it should be accompanied by a cover letter as the beginning of your job search process.
What can a Cover Letter Do for You?
– It communicates to the employer why your experience and skills are relevant to the job
– It tells the employer that you understand the position
– It tells the employer that you have a background that adds value to the table
– It can convince the employer about your genuine interest in the position before they reach your resume
– At times, even if you lack somewhere in skills and experience your passion that is reflected in a well written cover letter can get you a job interview
Design a Cover Letter that Grabs Quick Attention
It is a fact that a recruiter pays minimal time to an application they receive, Hence it is important that you as an applicant should draft a cover letter as well as resume that grabs quick attention of the employer.
A well-designed cover letter is the one that shouts out loud the answer to the question “why do you fit right for this position?”
5 Essential Parts of a Cover Letter
For an eye catching cover letter, you should follow a proper mechanics. The essential parts of a cover letter should include:
#1 The Salutation (Addressing the Recruiter)
Get a name. Use your networks, search the internet or directly get in touch with the company but find a name. Find the name of the HR of the organization or better the direct hiring manager. Avoid phrases like “to whom it may concern”.
#2 An Opening That Explains your Focus
The beginning of your cover letter should immediately grab the attention of the recruiter. Let the reader know that you are interested in employment with reference to the job posted by the organization. From the start push your brand and create a value that adds to the given role.
#3 The Paragraph That Acts as a Hook
Include examples of work performed and achieved results in this paragraph. For example, if you are wishing to work in Dubai, tell them how can you adjust in Dubai and still achieve the desired results. Keep your focus on the results that have direct link to the opening you are applying to. Cover some key competencies that define your success.
#4 The Educational Paragraph (Use Pointers)
The educational paragraph educates the recruiter about your roles and responsibilities in a gist as your resume is a detailed version of the same. Also, you can add information about the company and how your roles relate to the current opening. This will further assure the employer about your capabilities and add to your present chances of getting hired.
#5 The End
Close your cover letter by summarizing what you have to offer and request for a definite action. End formally with a statement like “looking forward to further discuss my resume with you”. Sound positive and very interested.
You can use this template to design your cover letter. You can also look for cover letter samples online to help you draft your cover letter.
While drafting your cover letter, you now know what to add. There are somethings you should have a note of to avoid any glitches in your cover letter.
What not to do in a Cover Letter?
#6. Never state what you are lacking.
#7. Never lie about your experience; providing false information is the worst thing to do in your cover letter.
#8. Do not talk about the reasons of leaving your past job.
#9. Providing salary information; it is not required at the first document of interaction.
#10. Avoid sentences like “I believe I am a good fit for this job”.
#11. Do not shift your focus from why will you be a great fit for the job
#12. Do not bad mouth about your previous employer
#13. Never include clichés, buzzwords and descriptors
#14. Do not share anything personal in your cover letter; keep it completely professional
The Closing Note
Very few employers do not need a cover letter. In order to be at an edge of other applicants, you should always have a ready draft. Though it is very important to tailor your cover letter according to the job application.
Every part of the cover letter reveals an important part of you and why you are a great fit for the opening. So give each part of the cover letter good amount of time.