- Tailor your cover letter to each job application
The cover letter should be tailored to each job application and the applicant should emphasize on relating their skills and experiences to the advertised job. This will prove your relevance to the job and the company and indeed the industry.
- Convey your passion
Cover letters can be very formal and monotonous. Instead, efforts should be made to clearly state your ambitions and passion that is relevant to the applied job and industry. The cover letter should demonstrate how the applicant will help solve the critical problems in the company by using their skills.
Specific emphasis should be made on mentioning accomplishments. Most job descriptions should give the applicant a good idea about what skills are required. It is then important to highlight those specific skills and show your ability through your accomplishments in the cover letter.
Accomplishments should be included throughout the cover letter highlighting the relevant skills and strengths that enabled you to achieve them.
- Relevant key words
Due to high number of applications, recruiters are most likely to resort to automated application processing tools. Hence, it is imperative that the applicant should include as many keywords as possible in the application and should highlight them in the cover letter. Its also important to describe abbreviations that you use in your application as the recruiter may not be qualified to assess your technical skills and may create more questions about your information
- Strength and weaknesses
While being truthful in your application is of utmost importance, the application should focus on the strengths. Weaknesses should be reserved to only when asked to state them during interview processes.
- Be Concise
Be concise in your application which includes using clear fonts and highlighting of relevant information with correct use of bold fonts and bullet points. Formatting can make a big difference in grabbing recruiter’s attention or dumping the resume in the bin.
- Proofread and check for mistakes
Grammatical and spelling errors in a cover letter are very common yet fatal mistakes in applicant’s cover letter. It is important to check for grammar, spelling also to describe abbreviations as it will help you connect with the recruiter. The applicant can seek assistance from fellow colleagues, friends, family or even professionals that can help them with proofreading the application and offer suggestions to correct, modify or improve your application.
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