You’ve requested it and we’re delivering. Today we’re going to teach you how to write a cover letter. Not just a good one but an excellent one!
Nowadays there is a lot of confusion when it comes to cover letters. You wonder if you should send one, if they are still appropriate or modern and of course, how to write one properly.
We’re here to demystify all of these questions and doubts and to teach you everything you need to know about how to write a cover letter, a great one, which will land you more interviews faster.
How to write a cover letter
First of all if you’ve read our guide on how to write the perfect follow up email after an interview, you already know a few key elements that also apply on how to write a cover letter. They have some similarities like their impactful nature and the power they hold to land you the job you want.
Both need to be written in a way that is:
Professional and clean without sounding like a machine.
This is a little rhyme that you should memorize as it applies to all aspects of your professional life – from writing a resume to writing a thank you letter.
It is essential. It is impossible for someone to pay attention to your text if it sounds robotic and impersonal, always demonstrate your charisma.
Another similarity is the need to:
Show your unique personality.
As the first thing an interviewer will read, a cover letter is your biggest opportunity to introduce yourself to them. If you want to stay on their mind and set yourself apart from the competition, you have to make sure that what you write has enough:
Depth and subtle quirks to represent who you are as a person.
Confidence and excitement.
The two traits that should always be present in any text you write while applying for a job, including of course a cover letter.
These traits are attractive and engaging, they will keep the interviewer or reader interested on what you have to say and make them trust your words a lot more.
Now, before you write anything you should do:
Research and learn as much as you can about the company
-in which you want to work in.
Not only will it help you ace the interview by being prepared for some tricky questions but it will give you crucial insight about the company’s work ethic and environment.
You need to find if it’s uptight and professional or more casual and relaxed.
It’s incredibly useful as it will guide you on how you should tone your text, you will of course always need to make it presentable and professional but in some cases it gives you an advantage to be more casual and talk in a more natural and informal way.
Again, research is key.
Always check for grammar and spelling errors.
We cannot stress this enough. It can be your downfall on an otherwise perfect letter.
Read and reread your text to make sure you don’t miss them.
Now that you know the basic ideas and key points on how to write a cover letter we can proceed to the next step – writing your very own.
To make this process a lot easier we’ve made a post about cover letter examples so you can read it carefully and truly understand what makes it so great.
It’s the best way for you to get started on your own since you have this rock solid cover letter sample on which to base yours. We’ll see you there.