How to Make A Superb Cover LetterWriting different types of letters were taught way back in high school and college. And now that you''ve graduated, it''s time that you make your own letter, a cover letter to be exact.
After graduation, most of the students will begin their search for a job. And in applying for a job, you would need to submit a resume together with a cover letter. If you''re a serious applicant, you should know the importance of having a cover letter to back up your resume.
Here are helpful tips to help you in making your very own cover letter.
Make sure that you use a paper that is of good quality for your resume and letter, and use the same paper for both. In this manner, it shows the prospective employer how professional you are in applying for the job.
Don''t make your letter very long. A lengthy cover letter appears to be a life story. A one-paged cover letter is more than enough.
The addressee''s name should be correctly spelled, including his or her title. Bear in mind that no particular person, especially that of authority, want his/her name spelled incorrectly.
You can include a few sentences about company information to show that you''ve done a bit of research, and that you''re really interested in applying to the company.
Old standard is old standard, so don''t forget to sign your letter in black or blue ink pen.
Your letter should appear conversational, and make sure that you use concise and clear sentences.
Remember that you''re selling yourself, but it doesn''t mean that all your sentences start with an ''I''. There are still other ways to state your goals. If you can generate the reader''s excitement, then he or she will agree to anything you say.
An original cover letter will create a more favorable impression compared to copied ones. It tells the employer that you took some time to make the letter on your own and that is added point.
The traditional format of business letters is enough, as long as your statements are clear and stands out; your letter can speak for itself.
If you have gaps in your employment history, you can explain it in a light manner, but just make it brief.
It is best if you state the particular job that you''re applying for, letting them guess what you have in mind is not a very good idea.
State your request to get an interview and as to how you''ll follow up your application.
If you have a positive attitude, it naturally comes out in your letter. If you''re enthusiastic, you can easily catch your employer''s attention.
Express your desire to work hard and focus your attention to the employer.
If it is possible, quantify all your job experiences. Tell ''how'' you helped previous employers rather that stating your duties and/or responsibilities.
If you''re mailing your resume, make sure that the cover letter is on top. Fold it in thirds; but it is much better if you can use a larger envelope so you won''t need to fold it. A resume and cover letter without creases are better than folded ones.
When applying for a job, everything matters. If you give extra attention to details, your resume will be noticed and who knows, you might be on the way to the job that you''ve applied for some time.