If you are not including a cover letter with your resume, you’re making a big mistake! A cover letter sets you apart from other candidates. It says who you are, past work experience, and what you can bring to the company if they hired you. It shows your personality and sets the tone for how the potential employer will perceive your resume.
Here are a few tips on how to make your cover letter attractive and informative to a potential employer:
- Address the letter to the appropriate person. If you don’t know their name and title, then use “To the Human Resources Department”
- In the first paragraph, include the position you are applying for and the job number if it is provided. For example, “Please accept my cover letter and resume as my application for the Administrative Assistant position.” Also, you can include where you heard of the job opening and the name of a person you know in the company who may have referred you or would speak highly of your abilities.
- In the second paragraph, briefly introduce yourself and the personal skills you possess. For example, you have a positive attitude or you thrive in workplaces with tight deadlines. Make sure that it is meaningful and reflects who you are as a person.
- In the third paragraph, mention your work experience, abilities, and the skills you have gained that would benefit their company. Focus on three of your best attributes and give examples. Read more