Do you find it difficult writing cover letters or have you ever asked if it is necessary to send in a cover letter? ( I used to skip that option when I started applying for jobs).
In this short article, I will be sharing a template I use for writing my cover letters.
Disclaimer: I am writing this article because recently in my job search, I have been getting some favorable response as to moving to the next phase. Open to new ideas!
What is a Cover Letter
A Cover Letter is a document sent along with a resume that provides additional information about your skills and experience to an employer and why you are a qualified candidate for the job.
Why You Should Attach a Cover Letter?
Trust me hiring managers look at it (heard it from one!). Before I even get started on why you should write a cover letter, see it as bait to entice the hiring manager to move forward with your resume. You should write a cover letter because it gives you a cutting edge over so many other applicants, shows the hiring manager or the reviewing team you understand what you are applying for.
Before you start writing do this!
- Read the Job Description properly and note down keywords
- Do some research on the company and understand their goals and values.
A Simple Cover Writing Template
Short intro on you, where, or how you heard about the role (if it is from your network, utilize that and put a link too) in the first paragraph.
A paragraph summarizing your skillset, best work, and contributions(include links where necessary).
A paragraph of your connection to the role hammering on the job description( utilize the keywords I mentioned earlier but paraphrase not verbatim).
How you are willing to improve and grow with the company as regards company goals( I do a lot of background research here).
A convincing note on why you want to work with the company and what you are bringing to the table ( Throw in your genuine sugar words here)
Thanks and positive text towards a favorable response and discussing the job role with the company.
If you are job hunting like me, I wish you good luck in your search!
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