Mar 24, 2021 - 09:42 PM
- Make a list of your hard skills.
- Consider different types of hard skills, like computer software skills and management skills.
- Develop stories from your career that tie to your most important hard skills using the STAR technique (situation, task, action and result).
- Include those stories in your cover letter.
When sitting down to write your list of hard skills, consider your training and certifications across different types of hard skills, such as computer knowledge in building software and writing code; management skills like budgeting and scheduling; and countless other technical proficiencies. Once you have your list, you can begin building your stories.
Stories for your cover letter should be short and personalized for the job you're seeking. Each one should speak to the employer's hard skill needs and pain points. Use the STAR method when constructing your stories: present a situation, explain the task at hand and the action you took. Reveal the final result. These stories should be short (1–2 sentences) and straight to the point. Crisp, clean storytelling will keep the hiring manager interested.