You must be thinking that a cover letter is an outdated option and your resume can speak up for you.
The increasing competition and higher demand in the job sector have forced people to stand out from the crowd. People are trying every possible thing to get their dream job, like impressing the hiring manager, making a perfect resume, and creating a good career story.
One more trick that will help you get closer to your dream job is creating a perfect and professional cover letter.
This guide will show you;
- What is a cover letter?
- How to create a perfect cover letter?
What is a cover letter?
Similar to other letters, the cover letter is also a one-page document we send to different job openings alongside our resume. A resume is more about explaining our educational background and career history/work experience, with the limitation of its extension to 2-3 pages.
It allows us to provide additional information about our experiences and skills and to explain it to the employer. However, this letter can have extended detail about why you are a perfect candidate for the position.
Tip~ Read the job description carefully then list the skills and requirements accordingly.
Now, let us move to the various rules to follow to create a perfect personal statement letter.
How to create one?
Put yourself in the employer’s place. Think about what you will like the most about a candidate. Talking about themselves or only talking about yourself? The best way to impress your employer is to talk about themselves and the organization, showing you have done your homework.
It is not about you or them, it is about what they want for the organization from the candidate. You have to tell them what you can do for the organization.
Your resume can be a great place to highlight what you have achieved in your previous work. But in this personal statement, you can highlight and explain how it can help you and your potential employer grow.
Quantifying your accomplishments. The recruiters just scan resumes so it’s important to add some numeric values to your letter that will seize the recruiter’s attention, in minimum time.
If you have already mentioned the same numeric values in your resume, then do not replicate them in your cover letter, you obviously do not want to repeat the same details everywhere.
Do your research. You don’t have to spend 3-4 days before your interview in research, just spending some time a day before your interview will be enough for you to impress the employer.
Tailor the cover letter according to the position and the company. Tailoring the cover letter for the position and the company you will apply for may take time but will make an effective and killer cover letter. Using the template, generic or at the best-handwritten cover letter, everything is waste according to the hiring manager, if it does not apply to the job position.
Having a customized letter of introduction shows that you have a genuine interest in the position you are applying for, and you will give your best in the job.
Tip~ Explain questions like; “what you have done?”, “what importance it has for the position you are applying for?”, and “how your experience can help the company grow?”.
Writing a cover letter can be interesting if you know what to write and how to write. And writing a cover letter is not just about writing a normal document. It allows you to search your the skills and interests that you can add.
This article will help you understand the whole process of writing this letter, as just like a resume you should have a customized version of your cover letter that will help you stand out.