Jul 27, 2018 - 10:53 PM
A cover letter basically serves as an introduction to a potential employer. It provides information about the type of work you want to do and how you're qualified for a specific position. This letter may provide depth to information on your resume or include valuable details that didn't go into the resume. With this in mind, there are several things that should or should not appear in the cover letter. Do explain how your past experiences have prepared you for the work you want to do in the future. Include examples of transferable skills and show how they are valuable to potential employers. If you're not sure which abilities to focus on, read through the job description and pick out skills that seem most important. Include specific numbers as much as possible. If you were team leader, for example, tell how many team members you were responsible for. If you saved an employer some money, give specific amounts. Avoid drawing attention to skills you don't have and don't fill this space with trite phrases. You may be a very hard worker, but this canned phrase doesn't cast you in a positive light. Specific examples of results are a much better idea. Of course, you should never leave typos and inaccurate information in your letter.
Oct 11, 2018 - 11:58 AM
Some things you should include in your cover letter are the background that makes you qualified for the job, your most important achievements, and contact information so the employer can reach out to you. You should not include in your cover letter a restatement of your job history that is already on your resume, nonessential information, and jokes or other unprofessional remarks.
It’s also important that you not use a generic-type letter that makes it clear to the employer that you simply cut and pasted information that you used or found elsewhere. Make sure that you specifically address how you’re a good fit for the role. Also point out that you have done your homework on the employer by mentioning, for example, a recent industry award or remarks by a company leader. Employers are interested in soft skills such as being a good communicator, but the cover letter space is limited, so make sure that you’re tackling the key skills listed by the employer and conveying them in as interesting way as possible. For example, “I gained much of my early project management experience working on a pipeline in subzero temperatures, and knew I loved doing it when I took on the same job in desert-like conditions.”