5 Quick Tips for an Effective Cover Letter
If it’s been awhile since you’ve written a cover letter, the rules have completely changed. Many recruiters skip cover letters entirely and go straight to the resume. That doesn’t mean that they’re not still appreciated. It’s just that recruiters are so bombarded with applicants that they don’t have time. So how do you cut through the noise?
- Keep it short and sweet. Try to keep it under 200 words. Long enough to capture attention but not enough to bore or make your resume useless.
- Don’t be trite or vague. The company wants to know how you can help them. Don’t give them vague platitudes about being a team player or that you’re seeking a job. They know that. Tell them how you can help them.
- Limit the flattery. It’s fine to say that you love the company but don’t gush on and on about how much you love them. That doesn’t tell the recruiter anything and makes you look like a sycophant.
- No typos. Some rules never change. Use tools like spellcheckers and Grammarly to clean up your writing. Proper spelling and grammar mean a lot.
- Drop the past. The recruiter doesn’t care why you left your previous job or why you need this job. They have to be focused on the present and the future. Too much focus on the past or complaining about it is a red flag. If they’re really curious, they’ll ask at the interview.
A cover letter is intended to get your foot in the door with your favorite company. By taking the time to craft a well-written introduction, you pave the way to the job of your dreams.