How To Improve Your Cover Letter In 8 Simple Steps
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Creating a presentable cover letter is hard, sometimes even harder than creating a resume. If you are a fresh graduate venturing into the professional world, one thing that you must have definitely heard from your seniors or teachers or company professionals if you ask them for a job is “Send me your resume along with a Cover Letter and I will see what can be done.”
While all of us work really hard on our resume, we hardly pay any attention to the cover letter. Let me tell you that poor chap named ‘cover letter’ is actually the most important and first thing that the recruiters notice. So if that isn’t good, don’t expect too much then.
If you really want to create a good impression, it’s important to prepare a good and original cover letter along with a pleasing resume. So here are a few simple tips that people probably won’t tell you but will create a lot of impact to make a good cover letter.
1. Don’t Express Your Excitement Too Much
It’s natural for us to be pumped up about a good career opportunity. But don’t show unnecessary excitement through words like “I am thrilled” or “It is a sheer pleasure to take this opportunity”. Instead show enthusiasm by writing about the kind of work you do and how it’s helpful for the company.
2. Don’t Mention About Reference Directly
We feel that if we mention the guy who shared this opportunity, then chances are we would be considered. Wrong! You don’t know what kind of equation that guy has with the company. Plus, you might not be the only one whom he informed about the opportunity. It’s better not to disclose the name at all. Display your motivation for the profile instead of just knowing the guy from that team.
3. No Need To Tell The Employer That You Saw The Job Post In An Ad
The HR people know wherever they posted the job openings, so don’t just bank on that to create a lasting impression. Instead, talk about the profile requirements and the skills you have. Also research on the company history, its achievements and shortcomings to create a lasting impact!
4. Make Your Experience Relevant For The Job
The company wants a person with an experience of 2 years or more and you jump off your seat to apply for it. But do you actually have the relevant experience? Don’t focus on the number of years you have worked; instead, talk about your qualifications and how resourceful you are. Useful tip: use one great motivating quote to prove your point!
5. Don’t Literally Treat It As A Letter
Just because it’s called a cover letter, it doesn’t mean you have to write 2-3 pages describing how valuable you are. Trust me half way down the letter, the employer might just doze off. Only talk about the skills you have, why this profile interests you and why should they count on you. Wind it up in 1 or 2 paragraphs, don’t exceed.
6. Too Much Of Anything Ruins It All
Cover letter is sort of a window to your profile. Of course it needs to be decorative, but only with your skills and not flowery language. If after every sentence you mention how thrilled you are about this opportunity, it’s not leading anywhere. Share the testimonials and reviews you received for your work.
7. Editing Is Super Important
Though you know this by now, but this simple step can work wonders. Always be extra cautious about spellings, verbs and sentence construction while writing a cover letter. Revise and edit every single word. Also, avoid false information and don’t exaggerate any skill to a level that it looks unbelievable.
8. It’s Not For Everyone To Read
Most of us do this. When we don’t know whom to address the letter to, we write ‘To whom so ever it may concern.’ But writing this in a cover letter will give a wrong impression. Make some extra efforts to know whom you wish to send this to and then address it to that person.
These tips are really simple and we are sure not everyone would suggest these to you. So try these and come up with your original cover letter that will make you stand out from other candidates.
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