|Posted by 01. Anil K. Jharotia on May 11, 2016 at 8:55 AM|
Creating impressive cover letter
Applying for a job is not as easy as it seems. Having the right qualifications and work experience are the essentials but the corporate world expects more than this. The HR not only looks at your resume, but also expects a good and impressive cover letter. The language, format, font and style among other things matter while creating a cover letter.
Here are a few tips that can make a big difference on your cover letter:
1. Introduction: It is always better to mention the source of the job opening in your cover letter. Mention the reason for the job application and specialization information. Link your experience with the job profile you are applying for in the first paragraph itself.
2. Body and content: The content of your cover letter plays a major role. What to include and what not to include is a difficult decision to make. Make sure you add the years of work experience, name of the companies you worked for, time duration etc. Also, highlight the major projects that you are particularly proud of. Providing detailed information of your strengths and specialization can help the company understand that you are an important asset to the company.
3. Length of the content: Make sure your content is precise and to the point. Remember to limit your content to only one page. The first paragraph of your letter should help the HR figure out your relevance to the company.
4. Correct information: You need to mention the correct job title, month, date on your cover letter, company name and address the application to the recruitment manager. These are the very basic rules that may easily be forgotten while re-purposing your cover letter for different companies.
5. Language: Companies always provide a detailed job description for the position you have applied. Make sure you read it carefully. This may help you set a professional tone for typing your cover letter. Using a language tone that is relevant to the job position creates a good impression.
6. Font: Never use fancy looking fonts while making a cover letter or resume. Make sure you use an easy-to-read simple font. Keeping it simple and standard could impress your recruiter. A cursive font is a no-no option on a professional front.
7. Proofread: Read your cover letter two or three times before sending it to the company. Do a spell check. If possible, request your friend to read your cover letter and get their opinion.