When it comes to the application process, you should know by now that everything you do matters. There’s so much attention given to resumes that we often forget how important a cover letter can be for our job prospects.
“The cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell the recruiters why you’re the perfect person for the job,” Peggy Padalino, vice president at JobFox, told us. “It’s also the place for you to show them you have good communication skills.”
You want to be able to craft a creative, easy-to-read cover letter, but trying to make yourself stand apart can sometimes go seriously wrong. We spoke to Padalino for tips on how to write a cover letter that will get you noticed and into the interview.
1. Address the cover letter directly to the hiring manager or recruiter.
2. Don’t reiterate your resume.
3. It’s a professional document, so don’t go too over-the-top.
4. Make sure the reader knows you’ve done your research.
5. Always close your cover letter with an action statement.
6. Keep your letter no longer than one page.
7. Show the recruiter that you’d be a good match based on your skills.