Oct 29, 2018 - 12:16 PM
Whether it is okay to use contractions in a cover letter depends on who is likely to read it, and the job you are applying to. You want to demonstrate you are a good fit as early as possible, and an effective way to do that is to match the communication style of the employer in your cover letter.
You don’t want your cover letter to come off stuffy or standoffish, nor do you want it to make you look slovenly or semiliterate. If contractions are used regularly in the job description, employer branding, or company blogs, then it is probably okay to use them in a cover letter. But err on the side of caution and don’t overuse them. You always want to look professional and in control of the language you use to express yourself. If in doubt, avoid using contractions.
If applying for a writing job, you need to show mastery of your craft, and the cover letter will likely be treated as a work sample. Contractions are best avoided when applying for a paralegal or grant writing job, for example, but could be used for a content marketing job to show that you can market yourself using the same language that the company uses to market its products.
Aug 06, 2018 - 10:01 PM
If you're worried that using contractions is too casual, examine the job listing and company website. Companies that use contractions in their own writing are unlikely to subtract points if you use them.
You should pay attention to the language you use in your writing. Take the time to customize your cover letter to each individual position. Potential employers read thousands of applications, so they know when you've sent a prewritten letter with a few words changed.
Hiring managers are looking for employees who communicate well and possess the skills their companies need. Research the companies to find what abilities they value the most. You should not only include these on your resume, you should spotlight them in your cover letter. This is a subtle way to look like the perfect match for the position.