10 Cover Letter Tips You Don’t Want To Miss
Author: MyEasy Resume
Here are 10 Cover Letter Tips that will help you create a powerful and effective cover letter.
Tip #1 – Play Detective
With a bit of persistence you should be able to locate the name of the contact that you are to send your cover letter to if you do not have it already. If for some reason, that information in unattainable, you can address the letter with a name such as ‘Dear Human Resource Manager or Dear Job Search Committee). We recommend that you do not use ‘To Whom It May Concern’ as it is dated and can come across a bit stale.
Tip #2 – Spell Well
Make sure you have the correct name (and spelling!) of the contact name of the person at the company that you will be addressing the cover letter to. Take the time to call and ask if you are not sure how to spell the person\’s name (i.e. Terri or Terry). People are very particular about their names and if they are spelled correctly.
Tip #3 – No First\’s
When addressing the contact person in your cover letter, use ‘Mr. or Ms. and their last name. We do not recommend addressing the person by their first name as it does not display the respect and professionalism.
Tip #4 – Title, Title, Title
Find out what the exact title of the position is that you are applying for (as it is listed in the job description). Many companies name their positions differently (sales manager, sales account manager…) so take note to make sure that you write it correctly. It shows that you are detail oriented.
Tip #5 – Short Is Good
Keep your cover letter short! It is there to provide a great introduction to you and your skills, not your life story. Let your paragraphs be short but powerful!
Tip # 6 – The I\’s Don\’t Have It
Although you are trying to describe your awesome skills and experience, try not use the word ‘I’ in every sentence. You want to skillfully showcase your talents by explaining how you will create an impact for this company and why they should call you for an interview.
Tip #7 – Let Your Resume Speak For Itself
Here\’s a key cover letter tip, leave your resume in your resume. Don\’t add too much or directly quote your resume throughout your cover letter. You reader will have plenty of time to review your resume.
Tip # 8 – Be A Problem Solver
Tell them what you can do! Let your employer know what you can offer them specifically. What problems can you solve? What experience do you bring to the table that can create a positive impact for them?
Tip #9 – Be The Detective
Bring value by adding a unique statement about the company you are applying for in one of your paragraphs. Your research skills will be apparent and it shows that you took initiative.
Tip #10 – Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Don\’t forget to add your signature to the cover letter as it shows that you took the time to personally address the letter. You only get one chance to make that first impression!
Here\’s to success on your job search!
About the Author
Scott has been writing resumes and cover letters for the past 20 years and has now created my-easy-resume.com. If you would like to know more about how to create a summary of qualifications, visit his free resume help site at http://www.my-easy-resume.com.