When applying for jobs there are many things to consider when applying. It is not all about the resume. Although the resume is very important it is also equally important to have a compelling cover letter that catches the employer’s interest and makes them want to know more about you. Let’s break this down into what you want to accomplish through each paragraph of your cover letter.
In the first paragraph you want to begin by drawing the person who may be reading your cover letter in. You want to be personal to an extent and introduce your area of expertise. Be sure to state the position you are applying for and where you found the job. This is important because employers want to make sure you are attentive to detail and are not a spammer.
Your next paragraph should really focus on your personal skills and useful traits that you have that will help you to be the perfect fit for the job. You want to be honest, but be careful to not write too much because then you may come across as boastful. You want the employer to be confident that you have the essential skills to complete the day-to-day tasks of the job they are hiring for. You want to have prepared statements throughout your cover letter that are going to keep the employer intrigued and encourages them to look at your resume and then possibly call you.
The final section of your cover letter needs to easily wrap up what you have already said. Your cover letter is a quick advertisement of yourself, and if an employer’s eye isn’t caught and held throughout your letter you can kiss the job goodbye. Talk about why you want the position offered and how you are going to bring something unique and exciting to the table. Employers do not want to see a copy and pasted cover letter. You want to personalize each cover letter you write depending on the position being offered.
Through out the cover letter, be sure that you keep the tone professional. While it may be tempting to add your own style to your letter, employers may be put off by too much flair. A professional tone shows you are serious about the job and mature enough to do it, so limit your use of bold style.
Overall, in the world of searching for jobs, it is all about uniqueness. Employers want someone who is going to bring something fresh and exciting to the position. Everyone has special skills and traits. Use these personal traits to your advantage. Draw the employer in and make them want to interview you and to know more about you. You want an employer to read your cover letter and know what you’re about as they pick up the phone to call you.