6 Must-Know Tips When Writing A Cover Letter
While it would be easier to let your resume speak for itself, cover letters are a great way to increase your chances of getting noticed by employers and be asked for an interview. Cover letters tell prospective employers who you are, showcase why they should hire you, and help you stand out above all the other candidates.
To make sure your letter is in amazing shape, we’ve collected 6 must-know tips when writing a cover letter. So, let’s dive into things!
Write a Fresh Cover Letter for Each Job
Although it’s convenient to take the cover letter you wrote for your last application and simply change the name of the organization, most employers want to see details about the specific position. Employers also want to know why you’re truly excited about the opportunity and what you bring to the table —which means creating a custom letter for each position to which you apply.
Craft an Opening Paragraph
It’s always good to mention the specific job title you’re applying for as an organization may be reviewing applications for different openings. Something simple and straightforward is often best. For example, “I am excited to apply for [job] with [Organization]” followed by why you’re excited about the role, your past accomplishments and how this position lines up with your passions and gifts.
Highlight Your Experiences
Not sure what skills and experiences you should be featuring? Typically the most important requirements for the position will be listed first in the job description or mentioned more than once. You’ll want to make sure you describe how you can deliver on those key priorities. Be sure to provide tangible examples of how you’ve demonstrated the requirements in the workplace as well as any data or metrics to back up your experience.
Hiring managers love to see statistics. Concrete data shows the measurable impact you’ve had at an organization or ministry in the past. Don’t be bashful to share specifics…How much did the ministry grow because of your leadership? How many businesses did you engage through your community events? What size budget did you oversee? These numbers speak volumes about your leadership and reflect a track record of growth and success.
Keep The Word Count Down
There are always exceptions to this rule, but in general resumes and cover letters are often one side of a page. In fact, more than two-thirds of employers say they prefer a cover letter that’s just half a page (about 250 words). If you’re having trouble reducing your word count, reflect on the job description and be sure you’re only focusing on things directly relevant to the opportunity.
Finish With a Strong Closing Paragraph
The closing paragraph is your last chance to feature your enthusiasm for the opportunity and reiterate how you’d be a great fit for the role. You can also use the end of your letter to add important details such as whether you’re willing to relocate for the job or take on additional training and development opportunities.
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