Do you dread sending over the cover letter? You probably have the same basic template that you edit and send to every employer on your list. But, if you’re not excited about what you have to say, how can you expect a hiring manager to be interested? Instead, you need to demonstrate how you meet their requirements and the ways you’ve been successful in your career. Here are some new ideas for creating a cover letter to get you excited about your own experience and generate interest in your resume.
The most important first step is to make an attempt to find the direct contact’s name for this position. If it isn’t included in the job posting, you may be able to find it on the company website or through LinkedIn. However, if you cannot, never address the letter “To Whom It May Concern.” Instead, go for something less formal and more engaging such as “Good Afternoon.”
The first paragraph should get the reader interested in who you are as a person. You want to engage them and make them curious to learn more about you. Start with something relevant to their hiring needs, but that other candidates may not be able to bring to the table.
Next, craft a paragraph that details how you’ve used your skills and knowledge to solve problem in your past jobs. These accomplishments will be able to give the hiring manager a better picture of why you are a great fit for their position and continue to boost their excitement about speaking with you. This paragraph is not the time to be vague. Providing actual details and numbers makes a bigger impact and is easier for a potential employer to understand.
Express your interest.
While you may think that simply writing a cover letter will express your interest in the job, this isn’t precisely implied. Instead, be bold and state in no uncertain terms not only that you are interested in the job but why you want to work for this particular company at this particular time. Conducting your own research into the company’s values and mission statement or finding recent news articles about the organization reveal you put time into this cover letter and want the job.
Lastly, close you letter by making it easy for them to pick up the phone and call you immediately. Your contact information should be on your resume, but don’t even give them a chance to open the attachment or turn the page. If you’ve created a compelling cover letter, they won’t want to waste a single minute before they contact you directly.
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