You may have submitted to several jobs in your life and odds are, the employer may have asked for you to send in a cover letter as well. But what exactly is a cover letter and more importantly how would you write a cover for a job application? In this post, I shall go over some of the things you should and should not do when it comes to submitting a cover letter.
When you write a cover letter, you should make sure that it is 1 page long, at most. This is because a cover letter is simply a brief overview of your skills and work experience, and a ‘call to action’ to the employer to meet with you in person. Within the cover letter, you need to show that you have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the role. Here’s 5 quick tips for writing up a cover letter for a potential job:
1. State your skills in paragraph or bulleted form that match the skills required for the job
2. Include your contact details at the top of every cover letter
3. Personalize the letter, for example, “To whom it may concern” or “Dear hiring manager”
4. Write simply and clearly
5. Close your cover letter professionally
Even if you are applying online, it is still very important to be professional. The cover letter itself must still be formattable and readable without any mistakes. It is often easy to miss mistakes that are in your own writing, so I recommend that you should re-read your cover letter at least twice before submitting. Try and imagine that you have never written or seen your cover letter before.
At the very end of an email message, try and include a signature at the end. This would include your name, phone number, mobile number, email address and even social network handles, such as Twitter, Facebook and your Linked In URL. Of course, if you realize that your social profiles are too revealing, you should create a separate profile for work purposes.
One final tip to applying online is to send an attachment copy to yourself to make sure that the file can be opened and read by the potential employer or hiring manager who may be receiving your documents.