In this crowded job market, a well written and persuasive resume cover letter can make a potential candidate stand out among many applicants. Job seekers should research and implement tips on how to write an employment cover letter.
Ideally, the cover letter should be addressed to the hiring manager or point person in the department. Usually this person is the supervisor or manager who will be receiving the application from their human resources department, headhunter, or directly from the applicant. If the name of the hiring person is not stated in the job materials, the applicant should make an effort to find out. Calling the human resources department or general company phone line to obtain this information would be a start.
Applicants should write a resume cover letter than focuses on the distinctive qualities and specific job accomplishments that sets them apart. All too often, cover letters are packed with generic terms and cliches, without providing any crucial details. Employers want to read about the applicant’s exceptional work achievements and job duties. When possible, provide actual numbers for work accomplishments, such as how much increase in sales or how much money was saved as a the result of your efforts.
Also the cover letter should attract the attention of the reader and thus it should not be overly long. At the most, the cover letter should fill a one sided page with normal margins. The applicant needs to write concisely and strategically in order to convey why they are the right candidate. This is not an easy task and it will require many revisions before the letter is complete.
Cover letters should also be tailored to the specific job and company. This can be accomplished by highlighting different aspects of your career or elements of your personality in the letter, according to what is relevant to that particular company.
The resume cover letter is usually the first document that potential employers will read. It is important that the letter is constructed to concisely and accurately describe why the candidate is the best fit for that position.