Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips

Updated May 16, 2020
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Cover letters, in fact, gained a lot of popularity these days, and even the employers who don’t mention the need one expect it with your resume.

A cover letter, also known as a letter of introduction needs to be written very smartly.

A good cover letter convinces the employer to have a look at your resume, and subsequently, opens the doors of your consideration for the specific job.

The cover letter is the first formal introduction of you as a potential candidate to the employer. Experts have talked about many considerations to be kept in mind while writing this important document.

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips

1. Create a relevance between your skills and the employer’s requirements

The most useful tip for writing a winning cover letter is perhaps relevance. Relate your skills to the job requirements. You can do this in a tabular form by creating two columns labeled ‘You Require’ and ‘I offer’ to show relevance among what the position asks for and what you have to offer as a professional.

2. Make it targeted

Write a different cover letter even for the same position you apply at a different company.

3. Salutation

Letters starting with a proper salutation and addressing the hiring manager by name are more impressive. Try to find out your reader’s name even if it needs a bit of extra effort.

4. Keep it short

An ideal cover letter should be a maximum of one page long. Do not write a lengthy, boring letter. Make it to the point, relevant to the job and short.

5. Job-specific core competencies

To develop the employer’s interest, you can mention a few job-relevant core competencies you possess, to serve as a mini-profile.

6. Reflect pertinent traits

Unlike your resume, a cover letter needs to reflect a few job-related personal traits also. For example, if you come up with a good cover letter, the employer might judge your communication skills and written impression on that.

7. Show interest in the field

Showcase your passion; your cover letter should reflect your dedication and enthusiasm in the specific field.

8. Add a success story

To demonstrate your potential, add a short success story of a similar project you conducted. This will give a better insight to the employer regarding your competencies.

9. Use keywords

To make your cover letter searchable in software, make sure you have included a few job-related keywords in the cover letter.

10. A closing that calls for action

Do not leave without a lingering impression! Show enthusiasm and anticipation for an interview call in the last paragraph.

About the Author

Sam Mogul, MBA (ITM & HR), is a passionate career expert with 15 years of experience in writing and reviewing resumes, cover letters, and career-related content. He founded CoverLettersAndResume in 2011 intending to help job seekers in their job search journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact Us. Or visit our About Us page.

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