Employers read thousands of resumes during their career. At one point, all seem to resemble each other. Your mission is to create a special resume introduced by an effective cover letter.
A resume, although containing a list of all your accomplishments cannot display aspects of your personality or your passion for a particular job. A cover letter is the perfect way by which you can introduce yourself to a potential employer and tell him more about you: what are your achievements, what can you bring to the table (what skills do you have for this job). Not to mention the fact that through a cover letter, the potential employer will see how you express yourself. Moreover, you can formulate ideas into paragraphs and not in the form of bullet points as you would with a resume. Let’s say that the cover letter has a more personal touch, which is necessary in the process of finding a job.
Many candidates spend hours in creating each section of the resume and then attach this cover letter full of mistakes, without realizing that, in fact, it is as important as the resume itself.
Try to avoid spelling errors or typos, using a text editor program such as Microsoft Word, which allows you to automatically check the text for mistakes. It is good to read aloud the document after you finish it to detect any mistakes omitted. After you have checked at least twice the cover letter, you can attach your resume and then send it.
Here are some of the most common questions and answers about the cover letter that will help you create the perfect “business card”:
1. Can I write a cover letter by hand?
A cover letter may be written on the computer and printed only in black ink, if the employer did not specify that he wants it to be written by hand. If you want a handwritten letter, you should use a quality pen and be careful not to make mistakes.
2. How long should my cover letter be?
Do not exceed one A4 page. Arrange the text so that it appears centered on the page.
3. Who do I address the letter to?
If you have the name of the employer, address the letter to him, if not try to find a name on the company’s website or phoning and asking who is the head of the department. If you cannot find it, then address your letter Dear Sir / Madam.
4. When should I send a letter of intent?
The cover letter should always be sent along with your resume.
5. How should I close the letter?
A cover letter is a business letter and therefore it should end with “Sincerely yours / Sincerely”.
6. What are the main points that I should include in my cover letter?
In the first paragraph state what position you are applying for and why you are the best candidate for the job. In the second paragraph provide details on how you can help the company and what are the qualities that make you suitable for the job. In the third paragraph write about your goals related to the company and the job you are applying for. Request an interview to the reader and state that you will keep in touch.
This information should be comprised into a maximum of four paragraphs, including a contact address and signature.
7. Can I send the same cover letter for each application?
It is preferable to adapt your every cover letter for the job you are applying for. It is very easy for an employer to dismiss a standard letter.
8. What should I do after I sent a letter of intent?
Remember when you sent the letter and follow up with a phone call after about a week. During the waiting period for the response from the company, continue to apply for other jobs.
9. Should I use different fonts and a special kind of paper?
This is a formal letter, so do not use fancy fonts, stick to Times, Times New Roman or Arial. You must print it in black ink on white paper. Print the letter on the same type of paper as the resume.
10. What kind of language should use?
Use a simple language, avoid clichés and too common phrases. Try not to use too many “I can”, “I have”, “I am” at the beginning of sentences. The language must be firm and easy to understand, use action verbs and avoid abbreviations.
Do you think you have a good cover letter?