What Points to Stress out in a Good Cover Letter
Writing a good cover letter can do a lot for improving your chances at getting the job, even if your resume is not that good. This article will help you achieve that by following some guidelines.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is to avoid grammar errors and misspellings. These types of mistakes can leave a really bad impression.
There are 4 easy steps that can lead you to a professional and eye-catching cover letter.
1. Contact Information
Include your contact information as well the employer’s contact information.
When starting the letter and thinking about the proper title to the person that will read your letter, put yourself in his shoes. Try imagining if you were to be reading that letter, how would you like to be addressed, as “To whom it may concern” or as “Dear Sir or Madame”? But, the first one can be really irritating for some, and the second one makes you sound like you’re coming from the past. Do a little research on the website of the company and see who will be reading your letter.
Start with introducing yourself. Explain what the position you are applying for is and how you found out about it. After that, present the info about yourself like the degree that you have, your career goals, how those goals fit into the company and your area of expertise.
3. Try to sell yourself
Do your homework and research the company so that you know as much as you can about them. Then explain how you can fit into their work, what you can bring to the table and what are your ideas.
The last paragraph is also known as “call to action”. Let the reader know that you would like to be interviewed and thank them for the time spent on your cover letter.
Another important part of your letter besides the content, is also the feel and the look of it. Alignment, style, font size and margins all are accountable for your impression with the employers.
Here are some tips about this:
- The safest bet are margins 1” – 1.5”. Try to fit everything on one page, but don’t make the content crammed.
- Use a 12-point font and nothing lower than that because it strains the eyes.
- The style of the font is a matter of taste and preference. But, it needs to look professional. Also, different styles can affect the font size too.
- Keep a constant alignment through the whole text.