Our top tips on writing a kick-ass cover letter for your resume
A cover letter is your first opportunity to make a lasting impression on your future boss. Your job application may be sitting in a pile of hundreds of other resumes and your cover letter is the chance to stand out from the crowd. We’ve outlined below our top tips for writing an effective cover letter to help you land your dream role.
Create a personal cover letter for each and every job you apply for. There is nothing worse than a generic cover letter that an employer can tell has been adapted for their role. It may take a while to do - but it’s worth investing in the time if you really want the job!
Don’t tell your future employer what the job is going to do for your career and why it is a good fit for you…. Tell them what you can do for the employer and what value you can bring to their company and the role!! At the end of the day, your future employer does not want to hire you because “this role will develop your skill set and is the perfect stepping stone in your career”, they will hire you because you “can not only do the job well, but you have the experience required to grow their business and develop the role”.
Take the time to SPELL CHECK your cover letter and have someone read over it before you send it. As recruiters, a pet peeve of ours is when someone tells us in their cover letter that they have exceptional attention to detail….and then their cover letter has grammatical errors and spelling mistakes all throughout it. By not proofreading your cover letter, you are telling your future employer that you rush your work and make errors along the way.
Let your personality shine through! An entertaining and genuine cover letter will stand out from the generic cover letters. Don’t be shy!
Consider the layout and design of the cover letter and make sure that it matches the brand you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a role in a creative field, perhaps put a little flair into the layout and look of the cover letter in order to show off your design talent! Or, if you are applying for a corporate role, follow a professional layout addressing the firm you are applying to.
Keep it concise and to the point. You have 10 seconds to capture the attention of the reader, make sure that you are direct and clearly outline the relevant experience you have for the role. Keep the cover letter to half a page, you are not writing a novel.
If there is a name on the job advert with the hiring manager, address the cover letter directly to them.
Job hunting is time consuming, but it’s worth it. Invest your time and energy in writing a personalised cover letter for every role that you apply for and it will increase your chances of landing your dream role.