How to Write a Cover Letter

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Writing a good cover letter is a crucial step in the job search process yet many people don’t write one or put in the time to write an effective one. So how to write a perfect cover letter is a question asked every so often. An effective cover letter gives you a greater chance of landing an interview.

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How to Write a Cover Letter Writing a good cover letter is a crucial step in the job search process yet many people don’t write one or put in the time to write an effective one. So how to write a perfect cover letter is a question asked every so often. An effective cover letter gives you a greater chance of landing an interview. Job seekers everywhere keep making mistakes regarding cover letters that ultimately prevent them from getting interviews. There’s a good chance you are also making the same mistake. Here are five tips you should follow to make your cover letter correct and all the more pleasing: 1. FIND OUT THE NAME OF THE HIRING MANAGER: Generally you should write the name of the person in charge at the department you are applying to. If you don’t know the name of the person in charge of the department or the hiring manager then you should contact the company to find out the name of the hiring manager. Writing the name of manager will leave an impression on them that you have put in some effort to write the letter. Also it gives a personal touch to the letter.

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2. COVER LETTER IS DIFFERENT FROM A RESUME: People tend to write the same thing in their cover letter as they have written in their resume. Actually a cover letter is where you describe and highlight your unique characteristics and your reason for applying in the field. 3. KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE: A cover letter should not be comprehensive. It should be short simple and most importantly dynamic. This basically means that you should cover every point in just about a page or half a page. Try to avoid all the blabbering and jump straight to the point. 4. USE KEYWORDS TAKEN FROM THE JOB DESCRIPTION: Use words from the job description to write your cover letter. This enhances the quality of your cover letter and differentiates it from those of your competitors. Hiring managers use software to find out keywords. If your cover letter doesn’t have any keywords then your chances of landing an interview are pretty low. Go back to the job description to pick up keywords for the cover letter. 5. DIFFERENT COMPANY DIFFERENT COVER LETTER: Companies already know what they want in their recruits. Your job here is to identify what the company values the most and try to align your values and beliefs in line with those of the company’s. The truth of the matter is that hiring is a tedious task and hiring managers are tired of seeing the same old resumes and cover letters. Your primary goal should be to make the cover letter stand out from those of your competitors. Following the above mentioned steps will give you an edge over your counterparts. A good cover letter has the potential of landing you a job without an interview. So put some effort into your cover letter and write a fantastic one.

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