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How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Stand Out

In the age of the digital recruiting, is it still important to know how to write a cover letter? The short answer: Yes.

Yet, far too often, job searchers (for something) treat the cover letter as a little thought after an event to writing a resume. Or they don't bother to write one at all.

Your cover letter is your introduction to a company and an opportunity to make a good first impression on your possible/likely employer. So don't waste it.

Today, a cover letter, like your resume, is not usually hard copy mailed to an employer. In fact, it may not be a letter at all. The smartest job searchers (for something) still manage to include its modern equal somewhere in the body of an email message or an online job computer program. Someone who takes the time and effort to do this will have a leg up.

Here are some tips for writing a cover letter that will convince hiring managers and HR professionals to bring you in for an interview.

1. Don't just repeat your resume

What's the first thing to know about how to write a cover letter? Your words should do more than (say again) important details from your resume. Check out this brief checklist of important functions of a cover letter:

Draw attention to clearly stated/particular skills and experience that make you an ideal candidate.

Talk about/say (clearly connected or related) skills and personal qualities the resume may not illustrate.

Explain why you would love to have the job in question -- and how it advances your personal career goals.

Show you've done research on the company, its mission and key leadership.

2. Custom-design your cover letter to a clearly stated/particular job

Don't use a one-size-fits-all cover letter (example that should be copied) for all the positions you apply for. If you do, you're missing the point: Only a letter that's targeted to the (job that is important now) will make a positive impression. Write a cover letter employers can't ignore by tying it to the elements of the job that match your clearly stated/particular skills and experience. What are they asking for that you're especially good at? Those are the points to stress in the cover letter.

Just as important, gather facts and figures that support your claims. For example, if you're applying for a managerial role, talk about/say the size of teams and budgets you've managed. If it's a sales role, describe clearly stated/particular sales goals you've (accomplished or gained with effort).
In addition to highlighting your talents, you can further decorate (with a personal touch) your cover letter by (showing or proving) your (state of knowing someone or something well) with the clearly stated/particular industry, employer and type of position.

3. Be proud of your past (things that were completed)

Remember that companies don't just want warm bodies. They want confident workers who love their work. They know these are the people who tend to perform better, serve as stronger team members and have greater possible ability to grow along with the business. Don't wait to brag a little.

4. Keep it brief

The blast/attack of information coming at all of us today has created ability to mentally focus on somethings that are shorter than ever before. Cover letters are no exception. Managers are often flooded/overloaded with applications, so (using as few words as possible) matters. Keep your cover letter to two or three paragraphs -- no more than one page if printed. Short is sweet.

5. Address the hiring manager personally

Just as you decorate (with a personal touch) your resume to the role, you should also address the cover letter to the person actually hiring for the position. If it's not spelled out in the job posting, call the employer's main phone number and ask for the name and title of the hiring manager. If you're still in school or just out, your career services office may be able to help you identify the right contact at a company.

6. Use keywords from the job description

Many employers use resume-filtering software that scans for keywords and (figures out the worth, amount, or quality of) how closely resumes and cover letters match the preferred skills and experience.

That means your cover letter should incorporate key phrases you've identified in the job description -- if they honestly match with your background and strengths. During the writing process, review qualifications such as the type of degree needed/demanded, the number of years' experience needed, specified software skills, organization and communication abilities, and project management background.

7. Address any concerns
The cover letter also is a place to (early, to prevent future problems) explain anything that might give a hiring manager pause, such as a gap in employment. If you were out of work, briefly explain what you've done in the meantime to keep your skills up to date.

8. Proofread!

Last, but very not least, once you're convinced you've made a strong argument for your (state of trying to get elected to office), it's time to proofread your work. Typos in resumes signal carelessness or an uncaring (about something important) (point of view/way of behaving) to an employer. Even a single typing mistake can damage your chances of landing an interview. After you've given your letter a final polish, ask a friend with strong grammar, punctuation and spelling skills to review it. Think about/believe providing a copy of the job posting so your friend can make sure you've hit all the right points.

I hope this helps!

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How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Stand Out - Career & Motivation

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
Graduate, Nigeria.
Thank for sharing this out

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