Curious to know what floats a hiring manager's boat when it comes to cover letters? Read on and be in the know!
1. It breaks the “rules,” but it works.
Your cover letter is YOURS. Nobody else could have made the statements you’ve made here, because nobody else shares your life story and your unique job history. Throughout your entire letter, you speak from the heart, you use your own words, and you tell us exactly why you—and only you—are a perfect match for this role. You describe the unique experiences that pushed you toward this field, and you describe how the jobs you’ve held in the past set you up for success in this specific role. But the time we reach the end of your letter, we feel like we know you.
2. You’ve clearly thought about this job and what it will entail.
Of course you don’t know very much about this company or our workplace culture. We don’t have a huge international brand presence, and it’s reasonable to believe that you’ve never heard of us prior to finding this job post. You’ve never worked here before and you’ve never met anyone on our team. But you’ve done some research. You’ve checked out our website, and you seem to understand how our business model works and how this role supports our success. You gathered all you could from the site and used your imagination and common sense to fill in the gaps. You’re smart. We like that.
3. You know how to summarize.
Despite all the information you’ve packed into your letter, the entire documents is still less than a page long. You’ve provided a complete picture of your background, shared your understanding of the company mission and culture, and drawn a clear line between what we need and what you have to offer. How did you do that? It’s like magic!
4. You’ve shared your vision with us.
After reading your letter, we find ourselves looking into the near future, and we see a very clear picture. We’ll call you up, meet with you in person, and let you further explain how you and this job are a perfect match. After that, we can let you take control and trust that you’ll follow through. Flash forward to the end of the month, and you’ll be settled in. You’ll be at your desk making valuable contributions, and we can get back to business and move on with our next task. We like that vision. Let’s make it happen!
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