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Posted by Admin | 6 years ago | Filed Under Finding A Job

Many Job applicants unless specifically asked almost never include a cover letter in their job applications. Even when the employer’s asks for it, they make it an afterthought and most cases never include it.

The idea of including a cover letter in a job application seems difficult to most job seekers and where some include it, they would just make use of a generic copy that they use for multiple job applications. Needless to say, they are rarely shortlisted for interview.

A cover letter is a letter of introduction that highlights your key accomplishments and fit for a job opening. A cover letter adds focus to your resume. Few employers seriously consider a resume that is not accompanied by a cover letter; thus, a cover letter needs to be part of your job-search strategy and must be tailored to each job, each employer.

Studies have shown that most employers with thousands of applications to look through rarely get past the first page of your resume. Given that a resume usually has a defined structure and outline and can’t really communicate your personality to employer as a letter would, job seekers might want to consider always including a cover letter with any application they send in.

See a cover letter as an opportunity to write to your employers and communicate with them in a less strict and personal though formal tone.

Your cover letter can explain things that your resume can’t. If you have large gaps in your employment history, reentering the job market or changing the focus of your career, or relocating and conducting a long-distance job-search, a cover letter can explain these circumstances in a positive way.

A cover letter can also state why you want the job, how your skills and experience make you ideal for the position and explain key traits that makes you the best fit for the role.

In writing a cover letter ensure that you keep to the following guides

  1. Proper Introduction: In the first paragraph, mention the position for which you are applying, and why you are a great match for the role, based on your previous experience, education, 
  2. Proper Letter formatting: A cover letter should fit on one page, with normal font size (10 or 12 point, in a readable font style such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri) and generally kept to three or four paragraphs. Include your name and contact information at the top in a business letter format. Address the cover letter to the hiring manager who oversees the position for which you are applying.
  3. Never EVER use templates or copy others: Every position is unique.
  4. Be brief and focus more on the job description and requirements in writing your letter

Never underestimate the importance of a good cover letter.

1 Blog Comment(s)

Adediran Adedaposola, 6 years ago

Looking at the headline, one would have thought it was AGAINST th e idea of a cover letter. Nice write up.

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