Aug 17, 2018 - 06:45 PM
"What do recruiters really look for in a cover letter?" is a question that jobseekers have been asking since the rise of cover letters. Unfortunately, the answer is ever changing, especially as the workforce grows and becomes more competitive, needs change, and demands shift. However, because you want to apply today to get a job tomorrow, today's advice can help you.
According to The Muse, a killer cover letter is one that demonstrates your likeability, compatibility, and skill sets. According to research, the person most likely to get the job (or at least an interview) is the person who can show that he or she is all three of those things quickly and succinctly.
If you're worried about your ability to stand out via a cover letter, there are a few tips that can help. For instance, describe your achievements in a previous, similar role. Discuss your skills and experience in a way that shows how you can fulfill the employer's needs. Don't be bland—the more excited you sound, the better (but don't use exclamation points!). Finish off by telling the recruiter why you're the best match for the role.
Finally, tailor your cover letter to each individual role. If you come off as canned, your application will likely end up in the trash bin.