The only thing worse than filling out ridiculously long application forms is writing a cover letter. Cover letters are there for us to tell the employer why we are correct for the job and shouldn’t be dismissed as unnecessary because the cover letter could be the difference between an interview and not hearing back at all.
It’s important to remeber that there is no “correct” way to write a cover letter because each person is individual with their experiences, therefore taking a pre-written one from the internet probably isn’t the best option. It’s important to stand out in the crowd and writing the same jargon as everyone else will not help with that!
At this point I’d like to point out that I’m in no way an expert in this, I am still learning myself and am sharing what I wish I knew when I first started writing cover letter.
The Purpose Of A Cover Letter
The purpose of the cover letter is to introduce yourself and tell the employer why you’re the right candidate for the job.
How Long Should It Be?
Normally cover letters should be quite short, no longer than a page. It’s good practice to learn to condense your experience to a short paragraph because employers aren’t looking for an essay (well, depending on the job…) they’re looking for an easy guide to the candidates.
How Do I Start A Cover Letter?
Research the role, the company and the person you should address it to. Write down a list of bullet points that outlines your skills that match the job description and person specification for the job before you start to write the cover letter. Most of all, make it personal to each job. Each cover letter should match the job you’re applying for, not just the industry.
How Should I Structure It?
There is no correct answer to this, but I’ve made a handy guide to help you out. You can find it here for a small fee: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/714264457/a-guide-to-creating-a-great-cover-letter?ref=listings_manager_grid
I spent a long time making my guide to writing cover letter, so would really appreciate you checking it out!
Things Not To Do In Your Cover Letter
Typos Or Mistakes
Always, always, always spell check, grammar check and get someone else to read your cover letter so that it’s the best it can possibly be.
Including Your Whole CV In Your Cover Letter
The cover letter is supposed to be the accompaniment to your CV, not the same thing. Always condense the information in your cover letter and let the CV do the main work in this respect.
Use “I” Too Much
Remember that your cover letter is about what you can do for the employer and what you can bring to the job, now what you think you’re good at. Once you’ve written it go back and take out all the “I”‘s.