A resume cover letter is an official document, usually one page, that is sent with a job application. The letter introduces the applicant to the hiring manager and fills gaps in the resume. The letter is an applicant's opportunity to convince the company that they deserve the job.
A good resume cover is likely to give you an edge over other applicants. Therefore, a few tips on how to write the best cover letter would go a long way. At the top of your cover letter, be sure to include your name and correct contact details. Do not bother including a postal address if you have none, you only need to include your phone number and an email address.
A winning cover letter should have a targeted addressee. Having the name of the hiring manager would be a plus for you. Do not address the manager as “To whom it may concern” or “Dear sir/madam”, it is not only irritating, it is outdated. All human beings like to hear their names mentioned. And for your information, knowing the hiring manager by name is not canvassing. Address them as “Mr” or “Ms.” once you have their names.
In the first paragraph of your cover letter, do a brief introduction of yourself. Tell the hiring manager who you are, your skills and how you got to know about the vacancy and why you suit the job. In the second paragraph, show how your skills fit the job description and how you will help the company achieve its objectives. Use the last paragraph to thank them for reading your application and going through your resume. Leave you contact and urge them to get in touch.
Be sure you have the details of the job. At the subject line or in the opening paragraph of your letter, name the position. If you got to know of the position through an advert or an agency, go through the advert and get as much details as possible. You can also call the company or the agency to find out more about the position. Find out the kind of candidates the company is looking for and list your relevant skills which match the position. If the job advert gave a list of desired skills for the position, try as much as possible to respond to the requirements. Show how you have used the skill or your experience before and how you hope to use it if you get the position.
Find out more about the company and their style of doing things. Tailor your cover letter to suit their language. Speaking a company's language makes them believe you are best fit to join them. The name of the company should be in the job advert, if not, call the advertisers or the agency and ask for the name of the company. Once you have it, go through their website and get as much information them as possible.
Proofread and edit your cover letter. Once you are done writing your first draft, go through it to ensure it flows and has no spelling and grammatical errors.
In conclusion, to write a winning resume cover letter, observe the following:
- Include correct contact information.
- Address your letter to an individual.
- Have details of the job.
- Have details of the company.
- Proofread and edit your letter.