Are you looking to add a personal touch to your job application? If you are, consider a cover letter.
In recent years, many more companies have integrated the cover letters into their application process. This is because it adds a personal touch to your application, and allows the company to get a better idea of who you are.
Let’s take a better look at the cover letter, and how you could write your cover letter.
What is it?
The first page of your application package should be your cover letter. This letter should be written as a way to introduce yourself and the experience that you can bring to the table. When a company reads this letter, they need to be able to envision how you could fit in the company, and what type of personality you have.
The cover letter is essentially an elevator pitch. By introducing your skills, strengths, and experiences, you can better display your ability to fit in with the company. When writing your cover letter, you need to consider what your resume already says. These documents shouldn’t be repetitive, but should expand on eachother.
By writing a cover letter that compliments your resume, your cover letter becomes increasingly more powerful.
How to Write your Cover Letter?
When writing your cover letter, you need to ensure that it aligns with your resume. By ensuring these documents are similar in style and information, the company will have a better interaction with applications.
If you haven’t built your cover letter yet, we have attached a short guide.
Contact Information: Unlike most documents that you build, your header needs to be filled with relevant information. Here it is integral to include your name, phone number, and email. It is also important to include the contact information for the company which you are applying to work for. By doing this, you can ensure that there are no barriers in effective communication.
Salutation: By using the generic ‘to whom this may concern’, you don’t develop personality. By taking the time to find who the letter will be directed to, and using the appropriate salutation, you ensure that you are taken seriously. The generic salutation is ofter perceived as lazy.
Opening: You only have a couple seconds to hook the reader. In the opening,you need to ensure that you are memorable and engaging. This is also the part of the cover letter where you need to introduce yourself and explain why you want the job.
Body Paragraphs: The body paragraphs are used to showcase skills and strengths while highlighting relevant experience. You may reference your resume or even direct readers to look at your resume for more details. With that said, make sure you aren’t copy and pasting from your resume. It shows greater care and consideration when your cover letter uses different descriptors and details than are outlined on your resume.
Conclusion: When you are concluding your cover letter, you need to ensure that it is no longer than one page. By doing so you force yourself to be clear and concise. Additionally, most companies will only accept a one page cover letter. Ensure you end your letter with a thank you, and a call to action. By asking the company to ask questions if they have any is a great way to conclude.
Cover letters have become increasingly important. We want you to find success in all you do. Keep an eye out on the job boards for opportunities at Vog. You can also check out our website to see if Vog App Developers is the place for you.
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