Are you wondering if you are doing your cover letters right?
Today we want to go a bit deeper into how to write a professional cover letter.
Cover letters are not always required but when they are, it’s important to give a good impression and even when it’s not required it can be very useful to submit one.
- First thing you need to avoid is to rewrite your CV in the cover letter. Don’t repeat content. You can speak about something related to the position you are applying, show your motivation for the position, write a experience that you had in that field or google some interesting facts. But avoid rewriting your resume.
- If you don’t know who the reader is going to be, don’t address nobody with phrases like: “To whom it may concern” or “Dear recruiter”. They sound very old fashioned.
- Keep it short and interesting. Recruiter’s don´t have much time and lots of CVs so keep the information to the point and try be interesting so he/she keeps reading. Ideally your cover letter should be no longer than a page in length.
- Use PDF format. It looks better, more professional and it’s easier to read on most computers.
- Don’t start with: “My name is _____ and I am applying to the ______ role!” they already know that and you will sound inexperienced and juvenile.
As with everything, it’s a matter of trying different formats and see which one works better for you. Writing a good cover letter takes time and effort but if it’s done nicely it will help you to create a very good impression, and as they say : “you only have one chance to make a good first impression”
Find more related advice on how to prepare a CV or how to prepare a job interview in the following posts.