A Cover letter should accompany your resume with every job application. The application letter is a targeted, precise, interesting communication tool that provides you with the opportunity to sell your skills and experience.
To help keep your application out of the bin:
1.Make sure your contact details are on it
2.Send you application letter addressed to a named individual rather than “to whom it may concern” whenever possible
3.Clearly address the position you are applying for
4.Make sure your cover letter is tailored to each position and company you are applying for
5.Identify the reason as to why you are applying for the job – be as specific as possible
6.Format your letter professionally and make it visually appealing and coordinated to your resume
7.Add in the requirements / selection criteria of the job
8.Provide or refer to any information specifically requested in the advertisement (e.g. Typing test results)
9.Do sell your skills and experience within the cover letter
10.Do keep it consistent, so make sure the font is all the same and sizing all the same
11.Proof read your cover letter – make sure there are NO spelling or grammar errors
12.Close the letter by sincerely thanking the person for their time and effort
It is a raging, competitive job market out there. If you want someone to look at your resume you need to make your cover letter stand out from the rest! Make it a well researched, engaging, and interesting cover letter to keep the employer wanting more.