Keep in mind that recruiting has very much strayed away from the traditional handing in of a CV and a Cover Letter. Companies hire through their own personal and professional networks, recommendations, online job postings & social media sites such as LinkedIn.
With that in mind, there are still some traditional companies and employers that take your cover letter into account. And the bottom line? If a job ad asks for a cover letter, you’re going to have to give one. So better make it good.
- Short & Sweet
Keep it to one page. No one wants to read any more than that.
- Keep It Relevant
You should be writing a new cover letter for every job you apply for. That’s not to say you can have a template you work off, but the specifics will need to be altered according to each job.
- The Trick Is In The Job Ad
Every job lists the qualities they are looking for in an applicant, e.g. “attention to detail, good organisation, works well in a team etc”. You should be addressing each point that they have listed and demonstrate how you have put these skills into practice. Give specific examples.
- Do Not Repeat. I Repeat, Do Not Repeat
Don’t double over with what’s in your CV and what’s in your cover letter. The letter is a chance to give examples and why you’re good for the job, not to summarise your resume.
- Spell Check
There’s no excuse for spelling and grammatical errors. You will be an immediate “bin pile” if you can’t demonstrate basic language skills.