Cover letters are what help you stand out in a job application. Resumes cover the skills an applicant needs for a job, and cover letters convey the candidate’s fit. Here are a few tips that will show you how to write a cover letter, followed by some examples.
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
- Explain how you’re going to do well in the job – talk about the company’s pain points and explain how you can help fix them. Start with a problem and position yourself and your skills as the solution.
- Show them you’re going to do well in the company – fitting into the company culture is an important aspect for new hires. You should display the same values as the company’s core values.
- Show that you’re likable and have a great personality – being enjoyable to work with is always a strength. Use the cover letter to display your personality and get your recruiters to like you and want to work with you.
- Tell a story that’s not on your resume – you should not be repeating information they already know from your resume, instead, tell a story or talk about a skill.
- Use numbers and examples – use your cover letter to give real-life examples of how you excelled at work and used your skills. If you have numbers and metrics to back up your stories, even better.
Cover Letter Examples
- A before and after version of a cover letter to show you what improvements you can make.
- Three cover letter styles; conservative, speculative, creative.
- A few examples of cover letters for different situations.
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