Many people think that sending a cover letter along with your resume has become an obsolete exercise. Recruiters won’t even look at the cover letter, they infer. But is that really true? Apparently not! Cover letters do play as a deciding factor when you are between being called for an interview or not.A cover letter will let the employer know in detail why you are the best one to be chosen for an Interview Your resume might be one needle in a haystack but your cover letter will set you apart and make you more visible to the employer. A recruiter will generally spend about one or two minutes on reading your cover letter, so you need to spend quality time and effort to make it impressive.
So, if we have declared that a cover letter is a necessary element in your job search then let’s discuss some points that will support out claim.
- A cover letter will set you apart from the lot. It works in the same way as advertising does for a product. It will make you sell.
- A cover letter is your opportunity to reveal your personality to you recruiter and build good rapport with them. It is infused with facts about your personality, interests and experience which you resume won’t have as it is more fact bound.
- A cover letter will act as your story telling device. It will help you to tell the things about yourself which might seem totally irrelevant if included in your resume. Your can explain it to your recruiter why you are the best man for the job and should be given the opportunity to prove it.
Here are a few tips how you should prepare your cover letter so that it will serve the purpose to the fullest possible extent:
- Never write a generic cover letter. Always address directly to the specific company or organisation that you are applying for because they are good at spotting generic styles of writing.
- Avoid starting your cover letter by “To whom it may concern”. Try and find out from the company or the recruiting agency about the specific person responsible for taking the final decision of choosing you and address directly to that person.
- Your cover letter should be absolutely free from any typographical error or grammatical mistakes.
- Keep a positive tone throughout your letter and take this as an opportunity to explain in detail about certain aspects of your career graph which are not mentioned in your resume like taking a break in between or changing your genre of work completely.
- Don’t be too formal in your language. Keep a light tone of words and don’t try to impress your recruiter by using big and difficult words that you would not be generally using while speaking.
- Sell yourself to the point where you can be sold. Be humble and confident about your abilities but don’t come out as too arrogant or fake just for the sake of getting the job.
Keep the length of your cover letter to one page otherwise the chances of losing your recruiterâ€™s attention is very high. Generally three to four paragraph of writing will suffice.