A cover letter is an important way to showcase how your unique combination of skills and experience meet the key requirements of the job description. It is your chance to show a clear link between your knowledge, experience and abilities and the needs of the employer. Writing a good cover letter is crucial. But when it comes to writing one, most people don’t know how to do it. The tips below will help you get a better understanding of how to write a cover letter that gets you interviews!
- Keep it brief
The purpose of your cover letter is to make the company curious about you and interested enough to invite you for an interview. Keep your cover letter brief and to the point. By doing this the hiring manager can easily see what you have to offer. This will come across as professional and will save him/her time.
- Tailor your letter
Don’t write one cover letter and send it to every company! This won’t get you the desired result of an interview. Your cover letter is not adapted to the requirements and values of the vacancy and the company and will therefore in most cases not be good enough for an invitation for an interview.
- Sell yourself
The goals of your cover letter is to make the hiring manager curious enough to invite you for an interview. To obtain this result you have to sell yourself. Make sure to write about your positive traits and skills which are applicable to the vacancy and the company. Of course you should never lie, but think smart when writing your cover letter. Write about yourself in a way that will make the hiring manager curious about you!
- Make your letter unique
The hiring manager probably will receive a lot of cover letters, so you have to stand out in order to get his/her attention! Do this in a unique way that suits you. For example, you can use a quote to describe yourself. Be creative with your cover letter and turn it into a unique application. While doing this, make sure to keep tip 1 in mind and keep in brief!
- Do your research
We already said this, but we can’t stress this enough. Do your research before you write a cover letter! By doing this you can write your letter by including things from the vacancy and the company which will make you letter 10 time better. Doing your research is also important because it helps you to identify if the company suits you and your interests.
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