How to Tailor a Cover Letter

You’ve found the best job for you and you have written The Perfect Resume, now what?

Of course, the next step is to write the The Perfect Cover Letter! But where do you start? Read on and we’ll guide you to the write the best Cover letter suited for your needs.

What is a Cover Letter?

Simply put a Cover Letter is a motivational introductory letter of yourself.

It lets your future employer know your credentials and interest in the open position you would like to apply for. That is why it is incredibly important that you write in detail how your skills and experience match what the job is asking for.

What makes a Good Cover Letter?

As with your resume, you want to invite the reader to live in your world, encouraging them to read towards the end. Like a good story, it needs to capture the basic technicalities like good spelling, basic grammar, and coherence. But more importantly, it needs to have focus, unity, and good development. Whilst authors need people to read their books, the same goes for your cover letter.  You need the employer to read it from start to finish!  It is your career, your life, your future.  So, you need to get it right, right from the beginning. 

A good cover letter complements the resume by expanding your skills and expertise related to the job. Keep it short and simple! The employer does not want to read your whole life story, so don’t write more than one page. Make sure that your name and contact details are also visible. Your email address should also cultivate a professional impression, so don’t use that one email when you thought you would marry Justin Bieber, “jennyBIEBER4ev3r@xmail.com”. Save that email for your mates.

Having an email that has your first name and last name is good. Info@ThePerfectResume.com.au now that’s professional!

Furthermore, do include the name of the hiring manager, their position, or the company. Yes, you can use, “To whom it may concern,” but use this as a last resort. Go above and beyond to research their name.  

How to Write the PERFECT Cover Letter?

The Cover Letter is like a sales pitch! So, when one goes for a job, one needs to know why you believe that you are the right person for the job.  Speaking their language helps. If there’s a technology, application tool, software or skill that the job requires then mention it in your cover letter. Don’t forget a very important facet, ask the employer to contact you. After all, you want an interview, to show the employer that you want the job and that you are the only person for the job, a standout above the rest. 

Now ask yourself a question, why do you want this job? Have you asked yourself the question yet? If you have answered the question, you have made a step in the right direction. Forward that is. Talk about why you want the job in the cover letter, why is it important to you. Why you think that you are the best candidate for the position. Read the job description carefully from beginning to end. Underline the keywords and make your experience fit. Just like in a tailor shop. I am sure you don’t want to arrive in a tailor shop and come out looking like second-hand Jane. You want the pants to fit and fit PERFECT. After all, you are unique, there is no other like you. So, don’t copy-and-paste. Focus on your notable contributions and your major attributes. Research that company, do your homework and tailor your cover letter to the job description for the best chance of success.

So, the layout and content are important bricks, but the words, phrases and sentences are the mortar. These build the framework for your formal documents. Therefore, make no mistake, your grammar needs to be polished and poised. That means no mistakes and no shorthand at that. Grammarly is great for proofreading your resume and cover letter prior to sending it to your new employer.

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At Theperectresume.com.au these important aspects of writing a cover letter cannot be emphasised enough.

 

Example of a Cover Letter

[Organisation]

[Department]

[Contact details]

Long Date

Dear Hiring Manager,

Re: [Insert position title] opportunity

With over a decade’s worth of experience in administrative settings, I have gathered insight which will be valuable towards the position as advertised.

I have high-level organisation capabilities with the ability to prioritise competing demands and schedule workloads effectively. Having been previously commended for my positive and hardworking attitude, I would be as driven and self-motivated to provide customer-focused service, administration and business support for your department.

I am technically competent with swift, accurate typing skills and am quick to adapt to various computer systems and software. I have the self-motivation and results orientated drive to work autonomously, however, I am also a collaborative team member, with friendly interpersonal skills, who upholds company values and works together to achieve common goals.

Throughout my career, I have developed strong communication skills with a refined customer focus. I enjoy building relationships with stakeholders and have refined my communication skills by keeping them informed of any changes to manage expectations.

Maintaining clean and ordered databases has been acknowledged as a talent of mine. I pride myself on my attention to detail when reporting and entering data while safeguarding data as secure and up to date. I am well practised at maintaining company records in a manner that upholds people’s privacy and confidentiality, and as such consistently documents clear and concise records in the relevant databases.

My included resume reflects my career, and as such, hopes it piques your interest to shortlist me for an interview. I can be contacted on 0400 000 000 or via email at example@outlook.com at a time of your convenience.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

First Last Name

 

Do you need help in writing the PERFECT Cover Letter?

Here at Theperectresume.com.au, we can certainly help you create the BEST cover letter, customised and tailor-fitted for your job. Send your resume, cover letter and a link to the job you are applying for to info@theperfectresume.com.au. We can run your application through our Applicant Tracking Software and let you know how you rank regarding your keywords.

You are looking to score 80% within the ATS to be a major competitor for the position. We can help! What are you waiting for? Oh, and good luck at the job interview.

 

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