Jan 29, 2019 - 11:24 AM
Keeping a cover letter to a single page can be tricky, especially if you’re excited about the role, and how your skills and talents align with the role (so perfectly!).
Sadly though, recruiters read so many cover letters (out of necessity) that they are unlikely to read yours if it’s longer than one page. To avoid having a recruiter skip over reading your cover letter entirely, work to condense your message. Be brief and to the point. Make every word matter. If your letter ends up going past one page, look for content to edit out. Anything that could be considered extraneous, or perhaps a bit trivial, should be trimmed.
Although you may share less information by keeping your cover letter to one page, you’ll ensure the recruiter reads it. If you find it hard to condense your cover letter, ask a friend to proofread it for you. You can also read your cover letter aloud—you’ll likely find things to cut out once you hear the letter read aloud. These techniques will help you to keep your cover letter to a reasonable length, so you’ll have the best chances of your letter being read.
Aug 19, 2018 - 04:39 PM
When writing your cover letter, ensure you personalize it to the company. Address it to a specific person if you can; if you can't, address it to the hiring manager of the department you want to work in. Never start your letter by providing your name. Instead, focus on one quick paragraph that shows why you want to work for the company and one that shows what you can bring to the company. Use a professional, yet friendly tone. If you are applying for a job that someone else referred you to, it is a good idea to mention his or her name.