Why do you need to know how to write a covering letter for a resume
First impressions count and your covering letter is your chance to make a good first impression when you are applying for a new position. This is why you have to ensure that your covering letter is able to grab the attention of the reader and make them see that you are an ideal applicant to select for an interview. You have to remember that the purpose of your job is to get you an interview and not tell the reader every little detail about you; that is the purpose of the interview. At this stage you want to show the recruiter that you are a perfect match to their specific requirements.
So how do I write a covering letter?
Let’s break this down into some simple steps to help you work through your letter and say just the right things to get yourself noticed by the recruiter. But before you even start writing your letter make sure that you actually have the specific skills, experience and qualifications that they are looking for. Recruiters can receive hundreds of applications for a single position and you will be wasting your time if you send an application for a position that you are not qualified to fill.
Step one with how to write a covering letter: the introduction
The opening of your letter is not overly complicated and should not be difficult to complete. Firstly try to address it to a named individual rather than just a general greeting; a simple call to the company in question should get you the name of the person that will be dealing with the recruitment process.
Your opening paragraph should simply state who you are and the job that you are applying for. Ensure that you mention where you saw the job advertised and also provide a reason for you applying for the position. Don’t however say anything negative about your current employment as a reason for applying for your new position.
Step two with how to write a covering letter: your main body
The main body of your letter should be just two to three paragraphs and is your opportunity to clearly show why you are a good match for the position that is on offer.
To do this you should:
- Review the job advert and identify what you feel are the top 2-3 skills, experiences or qualifications that they are looking for
- Identify your specific accomplishments that will meet the needs that you have identified
- Write a short paragraph for each; provide clearly illustrated examples of your skills don’t just make a statement without backing it up clearly
- Don’t just repeat word for word what is already written in your resume
- Ensure that what you write clearly shows what you can bring to their organization
Step three of how to write a covering letter: your closing paragraphs
Your final paragraph is your opportunity to remind the reader of your interest in the position and when you are going to be available for interview. It should cover all of the following points:
- Highlight that all of your qualifications and experience will be found within your attached resume
- Ask for an interview and state when you will be available for the interview
- Tell them that you are looking forward to meeting them
- Say that you want to learn more about both the company and the position
The above are all simple tips to help you understand how to write a personal statement and cover letter examples 2016. Don’t forget when you have finished to carefully and thoroughly proofread your letter to ensure that your letter is completely error free. Simple avoidable errors are going to give the recruiter completely the wrong message. If the letter is to be sent ensure that it is printed out from a good quality printer onto a good quality paper and match headers and style to your resume to look more professional and don’t forget to actually sign it.
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