Saturday, 4 July 2015

6 Tips to Write Successful Cover Letter for a Job

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                   A cover letter can help a job seeker stand out from the pack. At worst, cover letter can make a promising candidate seem like an un-creative cut-and-paster. Sadly, the vast majority of cover letters read essentially the same: Retreads of resumes that ramble on while repeating the obvious. Would you read one of these to the end if it were put in front of you? Probably not, and nor would most hiring managers.

                        Of course, the Internet is full of tips and tutorials on writing a cover letter, but few of them give much useful information other than the obvious (“Use good grammar!”). So I got to thinking about what cover letter tips and techniques have served me over the years. I came up with these six golden rules for writing a cover letter somebody will actually want to read. Sample Cover Letter

1) Don’t repeat your resume
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Cover letter is not a repeater of your resume so there is no need to fire bullet one by one from your resume. A lot of people write cover letters as if they were paragraph-form resumes. Fact is that, your letter will be stapled (or attached to the same email) as your actual resume, so you can assume that they’ll at least glance at it (and probably with a keener eye than your cover letter). Instead, use your cover letter to show personality, curiosity, and an interest in the field you are applying to work in.  If I was applying for a job in tech, I might talk about how thrilling it was to see Moore’s law transform technology before my eyes, and how thrilled I am to be a part of this transformation. If I were applying for a job in fashion, I might talk about how much fashion has changed since the 80s (a lot!). Everything has a hidden history. Use it to show expertise and interest.

2) Keep it short and to the point

Less. Is. More. Three paragraphs, tops. Half a page, tops. Skip lengthy exposition and jump right into something juicy. Describe yourself and explain your suitability for the job

3) Address Nobody
Sometimes, you don’t know exactly who you should be addressing your letter to. Nix the generic and bland “Dear Hiring Manager” or “To Whom It May Concern”. If you absolutely don’t know who you should be addressing, then don’t address anybody. Instead, just jump right into the body of the letter.
4) Send it as a PDF or Image

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Not every office computer can read .docx or .pages files, but virtually everybody can open a PDF file or Image file without any conversion. File conversions are bad for two huge reasons. First, they are just as likely to not bother and move onto the next applicant. And, second, conversions can introduce formatting errors.

5) Never ever, ever use the following phrase

“My name is ___, and I am applying for the position as ____”. They already know this, and you’ll sound inexperienced and unprofessional.

6) Close Strongly

Finish off by quickly (and I mean quickly) explaining how your experience or worldview will help you at the job. That’s key. That’s the closer. And it can be done in one to two seconds. If it goes any longer, you’re just rambling the letter.


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  3. Cover letters are not usually necessary but they helped me a couple of times when I felt like I hadn't enough experience for the job. My letters are usually like: hey, I know I lack experience but I write great thesis writing service reviews and else!:)