Aug 20, 2018 - 01:55 PM
The reason your cover letter should be in first person is simple. This document is a letter, which means you write directly to the employer. Your resume should not be in first person, so you should take this opportunity to sell yourself as much as you can. It is much easier to describe why you are the best option for the job opening and what makes you committed and passionate to enter the position when writing in first person. You can simply speak freely and professionally to convince them to consider you.
Sep 28, 2018 - 05:02 PM
Yes, you can (and should) write a cover letter in first person. An effective cover letter serves to complement a resume, and is usually your first chance to make a personal connection with the recruiter or hiring manager.
A resume is a formal document where your skills, background, and accomplishments are presented in a detached manner. Your personality is kept more backstage. While it is good practice to customize your resume to the job description, you should avoid using the first person (e.g., “I”, “my”), particularly when discussing career accomplishments.
The cover letter allows you to bring your professional personality back onstage. It allows you to address specific points in the job description, and illustrate your background with more color and detail. It also allows you to provide additional information that might be useful to the recruiter or hiring manager, such as an intention to relocate to the area.
The tone and language of a cover letter should still be professional, but also conversational. Use the cover letter to communicate your interest and value in your own voice, and to the extent possible, show that you are a good fit by using a communication style that jells with the hiring organization.