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Attach a Cover Letter? No Problem! 6 Tips to Help You Write an Unbeatable Cover Letter

Attach a Cover Letter? No Problem! 6 Tips to Help You Write an Unbeatable Cover Letter

Applying for jobs and internships can be exciting and interesting (especially when you are in one of those motivated moods), however the moment you need to ‘send your CV with your cover letter’ that mood can change. For me, writing a cover letter can sometimes seem like such a tedious, time consuming task, especially because you want THAT job so you need your cover letter to be amazing! Cover letters are your chance to demonstrate your personality and character to a potential employer, and sometimes that is what will be able to set you apart from your competition and the other applicants. So, to help you produce the best possible cover letter, to ensure you have the best possible chance to get that job I have created (through a lot of trial and error and research) my ‘six tips to write an unbeatable cover letter’. 1. Don’t just regurgitate your resume! The potential employers have received your CV, and they will study it harder than your cover letter as it holds all the information regarding your study history and relevant work experience. Majority of hiring managers will keep your cover letter and CV together, so don’t repeat your information! Use your cover letter as an opportunity to showcase your personality, your passion for the industry you are applying for, your interest in the available position and your ability to become a positive influence to the working team. Be creative and individual when writing your cover letter, don’t just create a resume in paragraph-form… BORING! 2. To whom it may concern…. Is not concerned! To whom it may concern, shows inexperience and never sets a good impression for a hiring manager who is beginning to read your cover letter. Always try your hardest to find the proper name and contact of the person who is most likely going to read your cover letter. If their name is not listed anywhere on the job advertisement, try researching the company (look up their website…Duh!) to see if you can find the person you should address your application to. Once you have done what you can to track down the correct contact details, and you are unsuccessful try dear sir/madam, or just jump straight into your cover letter, and forget addressing anyone… focus on the important part of your cover letter, which is the body of the letter. 3. Less is more! You do not need to make your cover letter too long…. Surveys have shown that most hiring managers prefer shorter cover letters, 3-4 paragraphs, or if you can express everything you need to tell the company in half a page, that’s even better! Long drawn out cover letters, usually don’t get read, all the way through. Just jump in to the important things straight away, don’t waste any time or space. 4. We know your name; we know what position you are applying for! Hi my name is *whatever and I am applying for the *whatever position. NO THANKS. The reader of your cover letter is aware of your name and the position you are applying for. Re-writing this information in such a bland, plain and boring way and just sets alarms off in the hiring manager’s head. Try to incorporate those messages in a more creative, individual way or don’t include them at all, as it is not that necessary. 5. File format: PDF Always save your resume and your cover letter in PDF form. Some file formats can’t be opened on other computers, depending on the brand and the software of the computer. So, to ensure your application is accessible to the potential employers, always save your file as a PDF, as it can be opened on every computer. PDF files also allow the layout of your file to never be altered, so what you see (and save) is what the business will see. 6. Finish strong! Make sure you finish your cover letter well! Clearly express your interest for the business and the position (but don’t repeat information) and don’t take too long to portray this information, either. Good luck and happy job-hunting

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