Each passing year brings or takes away something in our life. Have you ever wondered what tips would be useful when writing a cover letter in 2014?
Cover Letter Tips 2014
Whether you are planning to change career or want to stay where you are for one or more years you should check out our covering letter tips for the new year.
1- Be Social
These days employers / recruiters love social media a lot. The platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin etc. are places where people communicate and leave breadcrumbs for anyone, including employers to find information about a persons background and behaviour easily whenever they need to. Using social media effectively can give you the job you want however it can also be your downfall or prevent you getting you a job too.
2- Be Unique
Write something different, be unique, stand out from the crowd with your creativity. Recruiters are seeing the same things hundreds of times everyday: “I have seen this job on …. I am looking forward to hearing from you ….”. If you can inspire the employer to read on to your CV and experience by concisely explaining why you are better and different than other candidates you will be at an advantage.
Be as unique as you can. Do not simply copy any other cover letter that you found on internet.
3- Be Personal
Covering letters are a great tool to explain to the employer why you want that job. You can include personal details that wouldn’t be appropriate on your CV such as how your personal situation would be suitable to that post.
4- Different Letters for Each Application
Don’t just send out the same cover letter for each one of your job applications. It’s ok to have a good format to follow however the content should change to suit the job description and include the keywords from the job description every time you apply for another vacancy. Your CV should also be revised to include keywords if you are applying for lots of different types of jobs (for example your CV applying for a post as a Sales Assistant would be very different to an Administrator).
5- CV and Cover Letter
You should always make sure that your CV and covering letter should match each others content. If the cover letter is an excellent introduction to your CV, but your CV doesn’t refer to the appropriate experience that you have mentioned then this could cost you the opportunity of an interview!
6- Highlight Important Content
If you have some vital content which is important to convey to the prospective employer, then you should highlight this and make it stand out. Enbolden the text or leave it in a separate line to make it stand out. Changing the format of your cover letter so it doesn’t look like everyone else’s will usually assist you in the long run.
7- Be Honest
Tell the truth about the information you are giving within your letter.
Tell the truth about:
- Qualifications you have obtained
- Work history you provided
- Things that make you better candidate for the position.