Cover letters are just as important as resumes, and while many wonder if it’s worth sending, this tool can really make all the difference. Here are some cover letter strategies to keep in mind when applying for a position.
Load up on credentials: Think of your elevator pitch, what is the most important thing you want people to know? This is a great way to create your first paragraph. From there, the next section should showcase your resume in depth, highlighting big accomplishments with detail added.
Prove yourself: Let your accomplishments speak for themselves so you convince the hiring managers you’re right for the job. Take time to show you can help solve problems, meet deadlines, or any other skills the position and company is looking for.
Highlight achievements: Take this time to highlight achievements or awards. You cover letter is supporting material for your resume. It’s where you express interest in the position and explain briefly why you would be a good fit, so point out recognition or contributions/achievements you’ve made. Reference these accolades to help you stand out from the crowd.
Address any questions before they do: If you’re applying for an out of state position, take time to note on your cover letter you are relocating. Many recruiters will look at a resume and see another state and disregard. If you politely address any red flags, this will give you the upper hand.
Hiring managers appreciate when candidates are up front. This avoids assumptions and the chance for you to be noticed. It also shows maturity and professionalism.
State availability: Be clear about when you’re available. More than likely the hiring manager will want to fill the position quickly so stating your availability can help both sides from wasting anyone’s time.
Be clear and concise: Just like your resume, your cover letter should be clear, concise, and grammatically correct. Make sure you spell check the document and even have a second pair of eyes read through it for any errors. Take extra time to review your cover letter so recruiters are become interested in you.
Contact info is a good idea: Have all of your information available on a cover letter. Include emails, phone numbers, and any other valuable info you think is important. This shows you’re detail oriented and eager to be contacted.
Writing cover letters can be tricky business, but these helpful tips will help streamline the process so you can get your resume and cover letter in the right hands!