Cover Letter Writing Tips

Updated on January 8, 2019

A cover letter accompanies your CV or resumes when you apply for a job or sending your job application documents.

It is your personal and professional introduction to a prospective employer.

In essence, a cover letter highlights your interest in the advertised job and briefly relates your skills and qualifications to the needs and demands of the prospective employer.

Keep in mind that a cover letter is not a summary of your resume. As a matter of fact, it is an invitation to your prospective employer to read your resume.

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When writing a cover letter for any position, adhere to the following useful tips in order to make it an attractive piece of writing.

Cover Letter Writing Tips

• Whenever possible, address your cover to a named individual who has the power to hire you.

• Emphasize the future, not the past. That is to say, what kind of expertise and capabilities you would bring to the prospective employer.

• Change the structure of every sentence to a great extent.

• Edit and rewrite your letter at least three times in order to create a refined version.

• Show your unique personality by adhering to a business-like approach.

• Carefully address any career red flags such as gaps in jobs or education and reasons for a career change.

• Usually, email cover letters do not require headings, date, and addresses.

• If you have attached a resume, references or transcripts, type “Attachment(s)” after two lines of your signature and name.

• Keep a soft copy of your cover letter for future references.

• Always have some friend or family member proofread your letter to identify any typos or misuse of words which might not be caught by a spell checker.

• Use a laser printer on a high DPI.

• Make use of a high-quality paper on standard-size (8.5″ x 11”).

• Choose white or off-white paper, which must match with the paper of resume.

• Send your letter in a big envelope so that sheets of cover letter and resume can fit inside without being folded.

7 Cover Letter Don’ts

• Do not over-stuff your cover letter with the pronouns “I,” “me” or “my.”

• Don’t talk badly about your previous employer, coworker or work environment.

• Don’t use too-informal language or abbreviations.

• Try not to repeat the same idea.

• Keep away from any negativity.

• Never exceed the length of your letter to one page. Writing a long cover letter means that you are trying to hide some negative facts.

• Don’t forget to sign your letters immediately above your typed name.

Cover Letter Writing Tips

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