The Importance of Cover Letters Why do we still need cover letters?
What is a cover letter? A cover letter is a quick way for you to summarize who you are, what position you are applying for and what skills and knowledge you have. It helps formulate a good first impression, to draw the attention of the recruiter - as a personal introduction about your competency & that you are perfect for the job due to your requisite skills and experience.
Characteristics of a cover letter Make a good first impression Highlight your suitability to the profile Draw attention to why you are perfect for the job Show your interest in the profile & company
3 different formats of a Cover Letter Paragraph form - 3-5 paragraphs, 1st is introduction, 2nd-3rd are about your suitability for the profile. Best for freshers and mid-level professionals Employer special needs form: Suitable for higher experienced professionals, referring to your specific skill set that is detailed in the job description Shopping list: Making a list of all your relevant skills and suited well for mid-level professionals looking for a career change
Points to remember when making a cover letter Address the concerned person in the greeting. Begin with a personal note on why that job interests you. Mention any certifications that go along with the position. Talk briefly in general about how you are a team player and mention some soft skills Include your contact information clearly.