7 ways to make your cover letter stand out
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- 1. 7 ways to make your cover letter stand out
- 2. Dont let your resume get lost in the pile with hundreds of others. Follow these tips to make your cover letter stand out
- 3. Address the actual person Ditch the Dear Sir/Madame or To whom it may concern. Use the hiring managers actual name and make a good first impression. You might have to do some research but you can find the persons name by reading through the job advertisement, searching online or phoning the company to ask.
- 4. Make the first line count Grab the recruiters attention in your first line by being direct and telling them exactly why you want the job. Let them know why youre the best candidate.
- 5. Mention the job ad or where you heard about the position The company youre applying to might be recruiting for more than one role, so mention the job title and where you heard about the position in your cover letter.
- 6. Include details that you havent listed on your resume If you have achievements or special skills that you havent listed on your resume, your cover letter is a great opportunity to have them noticed. Dont take up valuable space; just a short summary of your key strengths is perfect, your cover letter should be no longer than a page.
- 7. Dont just copy and paste Take the time to tailor each cover letter for each individual job application that you send. A recruiter will instantly dismiss a resume with a cover letter that is obviously not addressing their selection criteria.
- 8. Make contacting you easy Its important that you send your cover letter and resume in a document format that the recruiter will be able to open. Generally the formats to stick to are Word documents and pdf files. It is important to read the advertisement carefully to see if the recruiter has asked for a specific format. If they cant open the file, youll have no chance of getting an interview. Next, ensure your contact details are listed clearly so they can contact you.
- 9. Check it. There are no excuses for mistakes such as typos and incorrect spelling in your cover letter. Make sure you proofread, and then proofread again. Making simple mistakes could cost you the job.
- 10. Now youve got the tips, its time to start applying. Good luck!
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