Cover Letters

Chapter 8

Cover Letters

Statistically, only one third of recruiters read a cover letter. Do you really want to start your job hunt by disappointing 33% of the people reviewing your applications?

draft notes:

Irrelevant information must never be included. Make it specific yet concise. Include the position you are applying for, and specify how you obtained the information regarding the job opening. If they have no vacant position, state why you are interested working in the company.

new grads: Since you have no employment record yet, focus on your skills that may qualify you for working in the said company. Don’t mention any weaknesses. Accentuate only the positive side and don’t allow any loophole in your cover letter. Your goal should be to get an interview.

Use a standard format for a business letter. Be as formal as possible and avoid using abbreviations.

The introduction of your cover letter must briefly describe how you got the information regarding the job or the company, including your career objective and how it is related to your application. The next paragraph must state your educational attainment, skills, and trainings in relevance to the job.

While in the final paragraph, your contact information must be stated such as email address or phone number. And don’t forget to mention that you are looking forward for an interview. Also thank the employer for spending time reading your application letter. Include a strong “call to action” that lets them know you’d like a phone call. Don’t be pushy, but don’t end on a soft “call me, maybe” tone either.