The dreaded cover letter – it takes so much time to write them, but do people ever read them? The answer is YES, and sometimes that is the deciding factor between you and another candidate for the perfect job. Here is a story from one of our previous clients along with some tips to help you with your cover letter.
A colleague reached out to our team to assist with a cover letter. She had a generic cover letter and used that as the basis for every job submission; she only changed the heading, company name, and job position – everything else was the same. Every cover letter must be tailored for each job. The letter must exhibit that you know what the company does, that you have skills that relate to the company, and potentially how you think your skills will help the company move forward with its mission. While this is very time consuming, this is what it takes!
- Do your research. Specifically understand where the company is going in the future, see what skills they value most, and then align your skills to that company. Show how you can be a valued addition to the team; this is key for everyone’s cover letter.
- Address the letter to a person or group. Do your research to find who will receive the job application. A personalized letter shows you did your research and you are interested in the company.
- Check your grammar and spelling. Have a friend review it; most times if a potential employer reviews a cover letter that has spelling errors they will drop the candidate then and there.
While cover letters are very time consuming, they are completely worth all of the effort. Now hurry up and go do that research!!