A cover letter is your chance to distance yourself from the competition… a chance to prove you have the right skills, attitude and values for that specific company.
And yet a cover letter can backfire. If not done well, the reader will know – in just a few seconds – that you are not the “detail oriented” and “passionate” professional with “excellent communication skills” that your resume says you are.
We often hear or read about the death of the resume. And yet somehow it continues to hang on for dear life.
Nowadays, though, it seems that this dire prediction has reached another long-time job search tool: the cover letter…
Has anyone ever walked you through exactly how to create a great cover letter? One that is different than all the others the recruiter will receive, tailored perfectly to fit the job description and company, and sure to impress the reader? Well, our friends at UNC Student Affairs have done exactly that in five surprisingly simple steps: Research and formatting Styling persuasively Starting strong Articulating your match Clearly stating next steps Check out this thorough guide… and then set out to write the perfect cover letter!
While there are many examples and templates out there, there isn’t really a specific step-by-step formula available for writing the best possible cover letter… a cover letter that works, every time.
Today, we fix that. Here are the five steps you must take to create the perfect cover letter…
True, 50% of recruiters will never see your cover letter. But what about the 50% who take the time to read them and, in part, base their hiring decisions on what they read?
For those decision makers, do you really want to submit a resume without a cover letter? Be dismissed by a recruiter for a lack of effort?