When writing a cover letter, keep in mind the purpose of your letter.
Your resume should give an overview of your experience and skills as they are relevant to the roles you are targeting.
Your cover letter is your opportunity to make your application specifically relevant to the particular company you're applying to and the role it has advertised.
Here are some top tips on how to write a cover letter that works.
1. Write a new cover letter for every application
The more specific you are to the reader, their organisation and the advertised role, the stronger your application will be.
Readers typically don’t like cover letters that look generic and like they’re being sent out for a lot of different roles.
The more time you seem like you’ve taken to write your cover letter, the more interested you seem in the role.
2. Make sure to include company specific and job specific information
This includes correct address and role details.
In our experience as professional resume writers, we've seen thousands of letters that simply start with 'Dear Sir/Madam' - with nothing to indicate that the letter is intended for any particular reader.
You should also include the title of the job. This seems like a minor detail, but its absence rarely goes unnoticed.
3. Make sure you address the job requirements
When writing a cover letter, you need to explicitly state that you meet the requirements for a role.
E.g. if a job advertisement lists ‘5+ years’ middle manager experience’ you need to explicitly state that you have X years’ experience as a middle manager.
Never assume that your reader is going to be able to tell this from your resume – some readers will, but others may not. You should reinforce your suitability succinctly in your cover letter.
If you would like some help with your cover letter or resume an expert from Metro Resumes will be happy to help.
By Edward Grant,