Feb 07, 2019 - 02:54 PM
A good cover letter is always one page. You need to provide an immediate understanding of your value and how your background and achievements will make a sizable impact in the role. Your cover letter should complement your resume – not mimic it. Tell a compelling story (in three to four paragraphs) about why you are the best candidate for the job.
The cover letter is not the place to regurgitate the same information the reader will find in your resume—this has been mentioned already but it bears repeating. Rather, the cover letter offers you an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills while providing other information that helps you stand out as an applicant. When writing the cover letter, you must do two things: connect your background to the position for which you are applying and also demonstrate that you know something about the company. Do not underestimate the value of discussing something you know about the company and its goals. By doing so, you demonstrate to the reader that you have done your research – you understand the company’s mission, vision and values. Once you have done that, you should then tie your own experiences, interests and goals to those key areas. You will then have an effective letter that highlights your key skills, knowledge of the company, and how your background fits within their paradigm. Your cover should provide clear, attention-getting information that supports your professional brand.
Aug 23, 2018 - 10:27 PM