I read an article recently that detailed why 95% of recruiters don’t read cover letters. One recruiter put it best when he said cover letters were generally so bad, he concluded they weren’t worth reading.
From the candidate perspective, it is clear we don’t like writing them: “Well, it doesn’t say a cover letter is required, so I must not need to send one, right?” Wrong!
Each job or internship you apply for is different from the last… different job, unique requirements, another company. So, it remains very important to customize every cover letter as you apply!
The hiring manager wants to know you’re not just sending out a generic letter to all employers; in fact, if they sense a “form letter” hiring managers will often immediately delete the application…
For most job seekers, cover letters seem to be the bane of their existence; they hate writing a cover letter even more than their resume. When job seekers ask if they really need to send a cover letter, I have a short answer for them: “Only if you really want the job.”
Here’s a simple formula for writing an effective cover letter that will entice recruiters to want to get to know you more…
For many job seekers, the cover letter is often mistaken to be secondary to the resume. You spend more time crafting your resume than your cover letter. In fact, you should spend equivalent or more time on your cover letter than your resume. The cover letter is your pitch to get through the hiring manager’s door.
Understand that the intent of a cover letter is to instigate the action of setting up a face to face interview. Cover letters that instigate action are known as “Action-Oriented” cover letters.
Below are some tips to create an “Action-Oriented” cover letter:
When writing the closing paragraph of your cover letter, it’s easy to have a passive voice because you don’t want to appear overconfident. For example, if you say, “I look forward to hearing from you,” that’s great — but that doesn’t seal the deal. The closing paragraph must be one of the strongest elements; after all, it is the last impression you leave in the reader’s mind…
Here are five action-oriented, confident phrases for the final paragraph of your cover letter proven to help you close the deal… and get your next interview:
Yes, you should submit a great cover letter with each of your job applications.*
Do you know, however, that a cover letter doesn’t have to be written in “business block” form? Fact is, your cover “letter” doesn’t have to be a letter at all… if it gets the hiring manager’s attention.
Here are five examples of nontraditional cover letters (and some non-letters) that landed people job interviews…