Tips for Writing Cover Letters
Countless times have we sat and pondered on the best ways to make a CV, however, it is rare to give enough thought to the cover letter aspect of the application. Cover letters have been underestimated by many applicants simply because its sole purpose has been too hazy to gain it any attention. A cover letter is actually your justification to the employer to state why you are the best for the job. Nowadays, it has become customary to include cover letters in your resume, even online application forums like Auto Job Application working from OWCareers, require you to submit this document. Many of us, however, fail to do justice to this piece of writing. To help you out, here we elaborate on ways to construct a refined cover letter, guaranteed to stand out.
Many websites and tutorials on the web will educate you about the obvious basics such as grammar and sentence structure. Here, however, we will reveal some of the most prime tips. A mistake most applicants make is to simply summarize the entire CV into a paragraph form to suffice as a cover letter. This is wrong. Avoid these repetitions, instead, try to express your personality and the curiosity in your line of work. A better option will be to talk about the history or the major events in the field. This helps you to showcase your knowledge on the subject. Use the topic constructively to highlight your expertise in an interesting and unique fashion.
Another thing to keep in mind is to keep it short and direct. Here, less is gold and half a page, tops, is all you need to get to your employer. Try to skip the introducing details and jump right into the midst of the excitement to captivate your reader from the very start. A cover letter directs nobody. Don't address your writing to anyone in particular as it's hard to predict who will read it. You can start it with a ‘to whom it may concern' for example, or just simply dive into the text directly. Also, introducing yourself in the letter as ‘so and so' is a big no. The only thing this approach will do is not let you get a job.
Even the file format matters. Many companies use PDF, however, some applicants send off their cover letters in .docs or .pages file. The employer does not have time to convert your file and most probably they are not going to bother. The likely outcome of this request is simply ignorance, with the employer moving on to the next option. A waste of a perfectly good application. In the ending, the closing part carries a lot of weight. You need to implement a sentence or two, explaining how your abilities and experience could be a valuable asset to the company and finish off without dragging it too long. This gives the letter an air of professionalism that speaks for itself.
Incorporating these tips into your application of work are bound to help you secure a job faster. Our advice is to create a cover letter tailored to the suggestions in order to stand out in a sea of applications. Not only will you be more visible to the employers, your skill set will also be published, helping to prove your abilities to the recruiters. In order to click, a well-written CV must have a complimenting cover letter. The two together outshine many requests for work and will surely up you several steps towards acquiring your dream job. Believe us, it's worth a try.
Contributors : Aiman Ibrash - Adnan Ahmad - Abdul Qadir