Jul 31, 2019 - 01:14 PM
- make a personal connection at the very outset, much like a good handshake.
- illustrate in detail that you are a good fit.
- fill in gaps in your resume.
- offer additional information that can help the employer better understand your application (for example, planning to relocate to the area).
The cover letter is your first chance to make a personal connection with the employer, where you can express yourself more in your own words than in the formal language of your resume. Sometimes you might even be able to address the hiring manager by name. In any case, first impressions matter, and genuine interest and enthusiasm in a cover letter always looks attractive to an employer.
The cover letter is also a golden opportunity to address the job description specifically, point for point, and establish you are a very close match for the opening. The T-letter technique is an excellent way to focus your cover letter on how your background addresses the needs of the employer.
True, there is no guarantee that an employer will take the time to read your cover letter. But many recruiters do read cover letters of resumes that interest them. A good cover letter keeps the conversation moving forward. Unsure of how to write a cover letter? Let LiveCareer's Cover Letter Builder help you out!