A Beginner’s Guide To Cover Letters

Many may wonder what a cover letter really is and what is its purpose. Some people may look for examples of cover letters yet still be confused about why it is needed. In this blog, we will discuss a cover letter’s basics, what it is, why it is important and some basic steps to make a cover letter.

What is a cover letter?

  • A cover letter or a letter of motivation is a one-page introduction letter accompanying another document like a resume. It is usually the first thing your employer will see so you have to make it good in order to make a good first impression on your employer. Most employers won’t look at a resume that does not come with a cover letter so be sure to make one accompanying your resume. 

Why is it important?

  • A cover letter serves as an introduction to you and your background experience. It tells the employer that you are interested in a position in their company and that you have something valuable to contribute to them.
  • It is important because it helps the employer know how your skills align with the role you’re applying for and why you are interested in the position. It also provides a better understanding of your suitability for the position and what you can bring to the team. 

What is the difference between a resume and a cover letter?

  • The main difference between a cover letter and a resume is that a resume is short and fact-based. Its main purpose is to provide a list of a candidate’s professional skills set and experience. Whereas, a cover letter’s main purpose is to tell the employer why they should hire you and why you are the best candidate for the job.

Steps to make a cover letter

#1 Introduction

  • In the introduction, state your purpose for contacting the employer, the position you’re interested in applying for, and how you discovered or became aware of this position. If you found it on a position announcement, mention where you saw it, and if you were referred by someone, mention their name. 

*Tips to start a cover letter

  • Address the hiring manager by name
  • Inform the company of what you can offer them and the value you can bring.
  • State an accomplishment.
  • Show your passion and enthusiasm through your cover letter.
  • Show your love and dedication to the company.
  • Be concise
  • Exhibit creativity and humor.

#2 State why you are perfect for the job

  • Do research about their company and services. This is the part where you show them that you’ve done some research and that you know something about their company. Address the position you are aiming for and provide statements and evidence on how you meet their qualifications. This is the part where you convince your employer that you have exactly what they need.

#3 Conclusion

  • End your cover letter by saying that you’re interested in an interview, and how you can be contacted (whether via email or contact number). Pro-tip, state when you’re going to make a follow-up about your resume, this shows that you are interested in the position and want to be involved in the process. 

*Tips to end a cover letter

  • It may be common sense, but don’t forget to thank the hiring manager.
  • Follow by adding a “Sincerely” or “Best regards”
  • Then leave a space then add your name as a simple sign-off.

A good cover letter can be more effective than the resume itself so doing your research is a must. Learn more about the company and the position that you are applying for to make it easier to relate your skills. It also shows your dedication to the company you’re applying to.

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