Irrespective of the field you work for, a cover letter is a must while applying for jobs and even internships. Cover letter can be defined as an important document to demonstrate that you are the right applicant for the job post. Any opening will be flooded with applications and so we are moving to a world where the first-ever step to the big process is through a cover letter. The cover letter goes beyond your resume to explain in detail how you could contribute to the respective company.
There are three types of cover letter and they are:
- Application cover letter
- Prospective cover letter
- Networking cover letter
In this blog, we will be discussing how to make an application cover letter stand out.
A unique cover letter also means it should cover all the basic aspects and anything other if specifically mentioned by the company through their job opening.
Greetings for a cover letter or the salutation is the first impression, and so the goal is to be formal enough with a factor of being nice, some examples are mentioned below:
- Dear Hiring Manager.
- To Whom It May Concern.
- Dear Human Resources Manager.
- Dear Sir or Madam.
- Dear [Company Name] Recruiter.
To make the person spend a considerable amount of time on your cover letter always
- start with a clever attention-grabbing opening line
- keep their attention with quantifiable achievement
- end with a closing remark that shows knowledge of the company and how you can help meet their goals.
One of the courteous ways to end the letter is :
"Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further. Sign off your cover letter with 'Yours sincerely' (if you know the name of the hiring manager), or 'Yours faithfully' (if you don't), followed by your name."
It is also important to not mention unnecessary details in the cover letter.
Following are things that should not be included in a cover letter:
-Any Spelling or grammatical errors.
-The Wrong Company Name or the Wrong Name of the Contact Person.
-Anything That Isn't True.
-Paragraphs That Are Too Long.
-Your Salary Requirements or Expectations.
-Negative Comments About a Current or Past Employer.
-Information Not Related to the Job.
It is true that a cover letter plays a major role in fetching you a job and working on crafting a great cover letter is all the time worth it.
"If opportunity doesn’t knock, then build a door".
– Milton Berle