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How to write a cover letter that gets the job?

How to write a cover letter that gets the job?

Cover letters have been an integral part of the recruitment process for any organization. However, in recent times, people are of the opinion that cover letters are not as important as they once were. But is it true? 56% Human Resource Managers of Multi-national companies beg to differ. In fact, 49% of HR managers believe that a Cover Letter is the second best thing to give your resume a boost. If writing Cover Letters is not your forte, fret not because, in this article, we will understand how to write a cover letter that gets the job.

The cover letter is a single-page letter addressed to the person or the organisation offering the job you’re applying for. It reflects on the present YOU and compels the reader to read your resume. Every job application you make should be, invariably, enclosed with a cover letter; save there are clear instructions not to send one.

Let’s understand why a cover letter makes an impact.

First things first

The hook paragraph- the very initial paragraph that your reader goes through!

If the hook paragraph is not intriguing enough, the reader won’t take the pain of going through the rest of them. Make sure your words are simple, elegant. Articulate the whole paragraph in a manner that displays genuineness and the willingness to do work. This demands a thorough evaluation of your connection with the job.

Your ‘why’ should entice the reader to go further with your cover letter!

Know what is not on your resume!

This is really important. Most people blabber what they have already mentioned in their CV or resume, and bores the reader. Evaluate your resume and take note of things that are not in it, some positive things that are part of your personality but didn’t get any space on your resume!

Once you are through with the evaluation, you need to put down whatever you came up within a very neat, unambiguous manner. This allows the reader to get a hold of what you are in real life. You need to build around the positive parts and write so as to project those qualities in relation to the job responsibilities.

A Glassdoor guide to writing impressive cover letters cites an instance wherein let’s say you’re applying for the position of a marketing director. The job description necessitates several years of marketing experience, a deep knowledge of lead generation, and fairly strong communication skills, amidst other aspects. The guide suggests describing how you previously ran numerous campaigns for your clients and delivered more than they expected of lead generation. Talk about how you also educated and mentored newly hired associates. This led to an enhanced client retention rate.

The Art of saying things

The art of saying things, in words, can be sometimes tough.

You may have had examples of you leading from the front or an instance that highlights your social or other skills, but to get the message across the table is very important. One of the articles from Forbes gives a beautiful example of how to convey things the way you want. The author says, “If I’m in a conference room and the video isn’t working, I’m not the sort to simply call IT and wait. I’ll also (gracefully) crawl under the table and check that everything is properly plugged in.”

A couple of lines like this will, besides highlighting your soft skills, also lighten up the tone of your letter.

A call to action (CTA)

Finish your cover letter in a way that motivates the reader to act. A call or maybe an interview! But don’t put this plainly; otherwise, things might get messed up.

Instead, allow the CTA to be humble, polite and open to discussion, suggesting that you have more to offer.

Last, but not least!

Do your best in avoiding typing errors or unnecessary salutations in your cover letter. If need be, get your cover letter checked with any Grammarly kind of website, that identiefies the potential grammar or typing errors in the cover letter. This will ensure that once the reader’s attention has been caught, his flow doesn’t break due to such errors.

Did I misspell ‘identifies’ in the previous paragraph? If your rhythm broke, you got the message. And if it didn’t, it is quite possible that you made a similar mistake in your cover letter!

Now keep calm and write an effective cover letter for your dream job.

All the luck!

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Aditya Raj

Content Strategist & Social Media Manager

A technology enthusiast, Aditya has a background in Chemical Engineering. With a renewed focus on the relevance of social media in the O&G industry, he loves to pen down the emerging concerns around the same.

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Aditya Raj

Content Strategist & Social Media Manager

A technology enthusiast, Aditya has a background in Chemical Engineering. With a renewed focus on the relevance of social media in the O&G industry, he loves to pen down the emerging concerns around the same.





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