Cover Letters: Why You Should Write One?
Searching for a new job is a skill. Much like anything else, the more you do it the better you get at it. Any expert job hunter will tell you that among the developed skills they have collected, the ability to write a good Cover Letter is probably the most valuable. Here is why.
What Is a Cover Letter and Why You Should Write One?
A Cover Letter has multiple purposes. First and foremost, a Cover Letter formally introduces you (the potential employee) to your hopeful future employer in a positive and professional way. Think of a Cover Letter as The Ultimate First Impression.
Cover Letters are meant to open with a self-introduction and an expression of desire to join the team. That’s the equivalent of meeting someone outside of their house during an open house party and saying, “Hello, it’s so nice to meet you. My name is [your name here], may I join your party?”
Dear [Employer by Actual Name or Company Name Hiring Staff],
I am writing you regarding the [name of position] position. I am very interested in this position and hope that I can discuss employment in the near future.
Why should they hire you?
Now’s not the time to be modest. What qualifications do you have? Are you educated in this field? Have you completed any internships? What achievements have you made? Achievements are huge! They let the employer know that not only can you do the job but you will also excel.
The ability to make the employer picture you doing the job in question is paramount. If you can build yourself up in this section you’ve already increased your chances of getting the job ten fold.
I have [# of years] experience in this field and have a [type of degree or certification]. In one of my last jobs, I was tasked with [give a brief description of what the job entailed]. It was here that I was able to [explain some of your accomplishments]. I feel this makes me a considerable candidate.
Speak to your character.
You’ve introduced yourself and you’ve gone over your qualifications. Now would be a good time to let them know who you are as a person. Again, don’t be modest.
A good recommendation would be to tell the employer what would they be getting if they hired you. Give them three things you feel are quality personality traits that embody who you are as a person. These traits should be traits that build a person who is productive and of high standards.
If hired your company would be gaining someone who is [positive trait], [positive trait], and [positive trait].
Invite them to contact you.
They know you. They know what you’re capable of and they know your character. Know that you’ve wowed them. Not many people take the time to write cover letters. This is most likely why many employers are making them a requirement today. Now all you have to do is invite them to contact you.
Take a moment to let them know that you would be interested in meeting with them. Then advise them of at least two of the best ways to contact you. A good suggestion would be two phone numbers or a phone number and an email.
I hope we can discuss this further at a time that is mutually beneficial. If you would like to reach me, please contact me on my cell phone at [(###) ###-####] or [email or second phone number]. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Close your letter with something professional.
Sincerely, Regards, Best Regards; these are perfect examples of what to close your letter with before writing your name underneath. You’ll get bonus points if you can print it, scan it, sign it by hand and scan it back in for a more professional look. There is also an option to include a P.S. but this should be left to the writer. Some Cover Letter writers feel they get better results by stating they are ready to work immediately in their P.S. This may be worth a shot but it really isn’t necessary. At this point, you’ve already made a wonderful impression and increased your chances at getting an interview.
[Your Full Name Here]
*P.S. – I am ready to start [immediately or with my feet running]
Sample Cover Letter
Dear Sally Smith,
I am writing you regarding the Inventory Specialist position. I am very interested in this position and hope that I can discuss employment in the near future. I have five years experience in this field and I am OSHA Certified. In one of my last jobs, I was tasked with maintaining large quantities of expensive electronics for three of those years. It was here that I was able to hold one of the lowest amounts of SHRINK in comparison to eight of our other locations. I feel this makes me a considerable candidate.
If hired your company would be gaining someone who is loyal, resourceful, and dependable. I hope we can discuss this further at a time that is mutually beneficial. If you would like to reach me, please contact me on my cell phone at (305) 555-5555 or at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to speaking with you soon.