Perfecting a Cover Letter

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On the Hunt

Job searching can be very frustrating, exhausting, and require a large amount of work. However, it is important to invest into the job hunt and really put in the hard work that is required when applying to various positions. Every job posting that is open will most likely vary slightly; therefore, it is important that you alter each and every cover letter in order to meet the specifics of the position. You want to be sure every cover letter you submit is catered to the specific occupation you are applying to verses submitting a generic cover letter each time. Granted, changing the cover letter each time you apply will take time, but at the end of the day it could reward your hard work with a great position.

 

Do the Research

It is crucial to do your research about each and every position you apply for in order to make the best cover letter. You do not want to use a standard cover letter template. Employers and non-profit recruiters can tell when they receive a cover letter that has been written for the masses. Therefore, you will want to be sure you write each one personalized for the position. It can also be a huge benefit if you are able to reach out to the company and find a direct contact. By doing so, you will be able to show you put in more work than other candidates because you took the additional time researching in order to find the appropriate direct contact. Additionally, research the company and find out some of their needs as a business. Instead of writing about your past accomplishments, you should apply a more creative spin in your letter. Emphasize how you will use your previous experiences in order to achieve specific goals in a set amount of time for the company.

 

Keep It Short and to the Point

Above all, be sure to relay how professional you are while at the same time keeping the cover letter very personable. After all, the company is hiring a professional individual that they will want to work with for years to come. Therefore, it is important to covey how much the position means to you and why you truly want to work for the company. This is your one and only opportunity to make your first impression and grab the reader’s attention. Instead of viewing a cover letter as a daunting task, see it as an opportunity for you to be able to sprinkle some of your personality throughout the writing. This will help the employers experience a taste of your personality while keeping your cover letter more entertaining to read.