How to Write a Cover Letter and Cover Letter Tips for New Applicants

By Rachel M — Published February 04, 2018

How to Write a Cover Letter and Cover Letter Tips for New Applicants

How to write a cover letter to seal the deal?

When you write a cover letter, you show prospective employers how professional and courteous you are. Showing these behavioral traits could mean the difference between you being chosen for the job and someone else being hired.

Writing a cover letter has some very obvious benefits for job applicants. Here are some cover letter tips that you can try out yourself:

 Put attention on your achievements
If you’ve taken part in the Mock UN competition or a high school chess tournament, then the cover letter is the place to write about it. When employers see your list of achievements and extracurricular participation history, they will view you as a proactive individual who is willing to take on challenges in the workplace.

 Make the cover letter a mirror to your personality
How you write is a reflection of who you are, and the cover letter you send to prospective employers will give a clear indication as to what type of person you may be.

Is your cover letter concise and to-the-point? A concise cover letter may indicate that you’re very focused on the tasks you take up, making your skills, prized assets. Signs of your behavior, mindset, and personality are clearly reflected in the style you write the cover letter. So, write it well to reflect your positive traits.

 Explain your worth to the organization
Sometimes, you may forget to mention a special skill that you possess due to the stress of the interview. But, it is highly unlikely that you will forget to mention these skills and abilities in your cover letter.

If there are any projects that you’ve handled or you have experience in jobs that would prove invaluable to the company, you should mention them in your cover letter- it can help you get the job. When employers read your cover letter, they will understand why they should hire you.

 Shine light on your positive side
Does your cover letter have little to no grammatical errors? The interviewers will know that communication is your strong suit. Have you mentioned hobbies and activities that require similar skill sets as that for the job? If yes, it will show employers you have the right skills and abilities needed for the job.
The cover letter is the best place to boast about your skills, without making yourself look like a show-off.

The parts of a good cover letter

 Salutation
The salutation is the ‘Hello’, ‘Good morning’ and ‘Dear sir/madam’ that you write in your cover letter. It is the feature that you use to acknowledge the reader and his/her position in the organization.

Nowadays, employers prefer to be on a first-name basis with their employees. So, if you know the employer’s name, use it in the salutation. For example, ‘Good morning Mr. John Williams’.

 Opening paragraph
The opening paragraph is where you introduce yourself to the employer. This section should include:
• Your name
• Your current educational degree (if fresher)
• Your current place of employment (if employed)
• The job role you’ve applied for
Including these will give the employer a basic understanding of your capabilities and experience.

 Body of the letter
This constitutes the main part of the cover letter. Here you’ll need to include the list of:
• Projects handled in the organization/university
• Personal and professional accomplishments
• Likes and dislikes
• Your knowledge about the company (with reasons as to why there is a culture-fit between you and the company)
• The reason why you are good for this job and this particular role
The body of the letter can be written in 1-2 paragraphs.

 Closing statements
Finally, end the letter by mentioning key points like:
• Notice period at current company
• Expected date of joining

You also need to mention your keen interest to work with the company and must suggest a date for a follow-up meeting or call.

The cover letter should be ended with a ‘Yours sincerely’ or ‘Thanking you’, with your name, signature, and the date.

 

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