Summary:

A common mistake people make is that they sometimes don’t realize that a cover letter is not the same as a resume. While in a resume you provide a clear point by point presentation about your career and achievements, a cover letter is a personalized letter from you to the person responsible for the hiring process for the job you are interested in. It is a way to express the personal side of your career story and can be a very nice way to complement your resume.

6 Tips For Writing A Cover Letter

A common mistake people make is that they sometimes don’t realize that a cover letter is not the same as a resume. While in a resume you provide a clear point by point presentation about your career and achievements, a cover letter is a personalized letter from you to the person responsible for the hiring process for the job you are interested in. It is a way to express the personal side of your career story and can be a very nice way to complement your resume.

In this article we will share with you some tips that will help you in the process of writing a cover letter.


1.- What information should be included in a Cover letter?

  • The position you are applying for
  • How you found out about the job opening
  • Why you are interested in working for the company
  • The reasons why you are applying for that specific opportunity
  • Your skillset, experience and how your personality traits will help you succeed in the role


2.- Make it easy to read (Must match Resume)

It is important to use the appropriate language depending on the situation and the matter discussed in the cover letter, but using a font, a color and a style that complements the letter and makes it attractive to the eye is just as important.

Make sure to choose a recommended font for business (new times roman, arial, verdana, etc.) and not set the font size below 12 points. The margins should be set to 1” or 1½” depending on how long or short your cover letter is. Your font, size, margins and color should match the ones in your resume, otherwise your application is at risk of looking unprofessional.

Make sure that your cover letter looks full, but is not just overly stuffed with words.


3.- Do not fail to do your research

Before you start writing your cover letter, make sure that you do some research about the role requirements and the company. Familiarizing yourself with the job requirements will give you the opportunity to pull out the most relevant points in order to highlight your specific skills that will make you an ideal candidate for the posted opportunity. Knowing about the company culture will give you a clearer idea of what type of company they are, the things that they value, and if you really would like to work with them in the future.


4.- Show your enthusiasm about the role

Throughout your cover letter, it is important that you use language that communicates the passion you have for the kind of work you do. Believe it or not, your word choice plays one of the most important roles when shaping how recruiters or employers perceive your attitude toward your previous work experiences and the role itself.


5.- Limit it to a single page

Hiring managers are usually very busy, so the idea of reading a multipage cover letter does not sit favorably with them. If your cover letter is too long it might give the idea that you are prone  to rambling and are an unappealing candidate.

Try to only focus on the most relevant and important points that you want to share. Remember it is a “cover” to your resume. It should be limited to one page in length.


6.- Personalize your cover letters for each company.

Every company has specific needs and problems that they are trying to solve by hiring a new worker. Even if you are applying for the same position at different companies, find a way to personalize each cover letter in a way that is distinct for each organization.

Of course you want to impress upon them that you are more than competent to do the job, but it's also important to demonstrate an awareness of the company’s goals, and how you might be able to help them achieve them. By doing so, your cover letter will be far more compelling to read and will frame you as a thoughtful and engaging candidate.


Is a cover letter really necessary?

“Cover Letter *optional”. This might give you the impression that a cover letter is not necessarily needed when applying for the position. The truth is that cover letters are more important in certain industries, while less important in others. Be sure to understand the norms and expectations of your industry. 

Keep in mind that your resume is a very formal document. It should only have information relating directly to the work you are applying for. It is used to highlight your accomplishments and contributions at previous places of employment, but what it can’t do is show “personality”. 

Your cover letter is the place to introduce elements that might make you stand out from the rest of the competition, even if they aren't required for the job. For example, you may be required to work only in English, but if you have fluency in multiple languages that may be attractive to an employer looking to grow in international markets. Or, your role might not require you to make public appearances, but having a high level of comfort making presentations to large audiences might make you a prospective candidate for advancement at some point in your career.

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