Cover letters should complement your resume. The aim is to show the prospective employer why the experience on your resume makes you a great candidate for the job.
Here are some tips for creating the perfect cover letter:
- Before you start, run around the garden, or up the stairs - it gets your body going and gives you a natural high.
- Try to feel confident - an upbeat tone comes out in the cover letter.
- Start by writing to the person who is recruiting - never Dear Sir or Madam. If you don’t know their name, call the company, find it out and make sure you spell it properly.
- Start with a relevant point about why you’re applying. For example, if the company has just won an award, mention you want to be part of this successful team (it shows you’ve done your research).
- Use the cover letter to support your resume, with plenty of positive points about what you can bring to the company.
- Avoid saying, “I’d be very grateful if you could possibly consider…,” This just sounds like begging.
- End with a confident statement such as, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
- Follow up your application with a phone call a week later - especially if it’s a speculative letter.
- Stand up when you’re making the follow up phone call - it makes you sound more confident