Cover letters act as teasers on the resumes that they accompany. All the information that you have provided in a resume is usually built up upon in a cover letter – never reiterated.
A resume is always written first – based on the resume, and a cover letter is written to give it some augmentation.
Even though all cover letters are based on typical letter writing principles, there are a few things that you will need to look into when writing a cover letter.
The general framework of a cover letter includes the format, and what goes into the format. A well-structured cover letter goes places. A not so well-structured one is left to be archived or binned.
Making a connection with the employer is vital in a cover letter.
Since this document is the only way you can reach out to a hiring manager (whom you have never met), it has to be flawless.
Below are some things that you need to keep in mind if you want to write a cover letter that has a high success rate of being read and considered:
Cover Letter Format 2018
The fact that all cover letters have an introductory paragraph, middle paragraph(s) and a concluding one will probably never change – even in 2018 which is expected to be highly competitive.
But before you begin making plans to fill these sections, you need to see how a cover letter should be opened.
Your contact information along with the current date begins the letter, followed by details of the hiring authority to whom you are addressing the letter – name, designation, company name and address – and a salutation.
Once you have these in order, you can begin writing the body of the cover letter.
It is where you hook the hiring manager into reading not just the rest of the cover letter, but the accompanying resume as well. A dramatic opening will help your case considerably.
Introduce yourself by saying why you are writing the letter, make a connection by highlighting what appeals to you about the position in question, and summarize your strengths and capabilities. Keep this paragraph short, creating a lead to the next one.
You have a choice in how much content you want to write in the body of the cover letter.
One paragraph is usually sufficient but if you feel that you have more information to give, expand it to two or three. But make sure that the information you provide is usable for the employer.
This part of the cover letter should highlight your experience, skills, and accomplishments. By merely addressing these three areas, this part of your cover letter will become attractive.
Reiterating your interest in the job by using a proactive approach is what the concluding paragraph is all about. Do not repeat any information that you have already provided in the preceding paragraphs.
Make sure your cover letter ending is action-oriented by stating that you will contact the employer to set up an interview date and time, instead of leaving it open for him or her to call you.
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