'Cover' your job searching bases

06.05.2014


'Cover' your job searching bases
'Cover' your job searching bases

No matter the specific needs of a company you're applying to during your job searching, there will always be two constants. Hiring managers will want to see your resume, to prove that you have the mettle and experience to succeed in the company, and they'll want a quality cover letter, which will back up your resume while giving more reasons why you're the best person for the job.

While many people think that cover letters may have gone the way of the dodo, with online profiles taking their place, that's just not the case. A hiring manager may not pore over your cover letter if your resume isn't the best fit, the letter is absolutely necessary if they want to know more, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. It's recommended that you use the framework of the letter to be more creative and add potential to your application.

In the opening paragraph, one good way to better meet reader expectations is to show your value. This doesn't need to be overly complicated but should simply show why hiring you would help an organization. This paragraph needs to show that you're excited about what their requirements ask of you. After this, the resulting paragraphs should read like a written venn diagram that meets at the center of their requirements and your qualifications. Doing this can be an effective way to quickly state why you're such a good pickup. Finally, you should end the cover letter with a standard request for an interview.

Touching it up

So your framework for the cover letter has been developed, and you're confident about your chances. However, if you're willing to spend just a little more time on it, you're likely to improve your odds of getting an interview even more, Business 2 Community reported. The first line of the cover letter, for one, shouldn't just be a bland description of how you found the job opening itself. Stating your excitement to possibly land the new job is an easy way to rise above this. If you really want to catch your potential manager's eye, you may want to include an anecdote relevant to the company itself.

Names can't be overlooked early in the cover letter either, but you should include a manager's name only if you're able to track them down on LinkedIn or the company's website. Including the wrong name won't help your chances. In the absence of such a name, simply write "Dear hiring manager," which reaches the perfect divide of impersonal yet respectful.

You're unique, so prove it

Business 2 Community noted that there may be dozens, even hundreds, of people who apply for a given job. This means you'll need to separate yourself from the pack when it comes to your cover letter. It's not just what makes you great for this position, but what separates you from others, that will help you get your foot in the door. As a result, you should tell a story or give clear examples of how you rose above in past experiences and utilized your skills to get ahead.

It can be tempting to keep telling these stories to really impress the manager, but if your cover letter is longer than a page, the average manager won't even read that far. Be concise and relevant in the letter. If anything seems out of place, it likely is. Keep your writing relatively brief and end the deal with a call to action, showing why you're a better hire than the competition. This will help you keep pole position when it comes to landing the job.

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