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How To Write A Cover Letter
First impressions count! A personal cover letter is an opportunity to showcase what you have to offer and to arouse the reader’s interest. But many people are confused about how to write a cover letter. Here are our top tips for writing cover letters that will get you noticed.
An easy way to do this is to apply the AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action) tactic used in marketing and advertising as an approach to writing your cover letter.
Cover Letter Writing Tips
Address your letter correctly. Don’t start out with a generic “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To whom it may concern.” It’s impersonal and defeats the whole purpose of your cover letter. If you don’t know who to address your application to, research it and find out. Sometimes it’s as easy of making a phone call to the HR Department of the employer and ask. Otherwise, get busy on the internet, connect with people who work in the organisation, or check through LinkedIn.
Use the cover letter to tell them why you’re applying and what’s important to you in your career. If you know someone in the organisation, you should name drop – its a very competitive market and if you really want to get interview, make your connections known. This is no time to be shy.
Express your interest in the role, and include a call to action. This means including something along the lines of “I look forward to hearing from you” or if you’re feeling bold, and you’re comfortable being more assertive, you could say “I will be in touch within the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information.” (This approach is not for everyone, nor for every job, so use your discretion with this method).
Make it clear in your cover letter how the employer would benefit from having you as their new employee.
Briefly give an employer the most important information about you and its relevance to them.
Why are you interested in this position?
What have you done so far that will also help them?
What is your story and why is this of interest to the employer?
Refer to all the key requirements in the job advertisement.
One page is enough. The reader doesn’t need your life story – nor will they have the time to read anything more than one page. Keep it simple, and get straight to the point.
Which job are you applying for? Never assume that the recipient will know what position you are applying for, as companies often have more than one opening at any given time.
Don’t forget to include your contact details on your cover letter. Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t include their contact details on their cover letter).
A great way to get an employers attention is with a ‘pain’ letter – if you know what gives them the biggest grief in their organisation, tell them how you’re going to solve that problem for them.
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