Some people might ask themselves: is a cover letter necessary? Well my friends, the answer to that question is definitely yes. A cover letter is your chance to impress the hiring manager for the job you’re applying for by showcasing your skills and your personality.
Your cover letter fills in the experience gaps between your resume’s bullet points. Not sure where to start? I’ve compiled some tips to help make the process a little easier.
Short and sweet
The guide should be no more than one page. Start with a sentence or two about yourself and what drew you to the position.
I would suggest excluding intro’s like: “I want to apply for this role because it’s something I know I will be great at and I want to work for you.” Why you ask? Because the hiring manager already knows this otherwise, they wouldn’t be reading your cover letter.
The next couple of paragraphs should highlight your experiences that are relevant to the job and what skills you can bring to the company. In other words; why should they hire you. Remember to keep this to no more than three paragraphs, keeping it short but still including the information they need to know.
Your skills are an asset
Do you want to catch the readers attention? Start by letting them know why you’re the best candidate for the position. Have a good read through the job description a couple of times before you start writing your cover letter. Once you have a good grasp on the role, highlight the experiences you’ve had in past jobs that are relevant to the one you are applying for. It’s important to also include some soft skills too. Things like communication skills or time management skills; these attributes demonstrate how you handle projects or different situations in the workplace.
Newly graduated? Fear not. You can still emphasise your education and abilities. For example, if you worked on large projects or did volunteering, these experiences can show the hiring manager that you were proactive in university/college.
What do you bring to the table?
This paragraph can sometimes be difficult to write because you really have to sell yourself. It’s not always easy to market yourself in a positive way, and a lot of people can find it difficult to do it. Why not start with what drew you to the job? Managers want to know they’re hiring someone reliable – if you’re authentic, it gives you credibility and this can work in your favour.
The second half of this paragraph is where you explain why they should hire you. Do your research and find out why they are looking to hire. In most instances it could be because there’s an open position, a new position is needed to create a solution to a problem, or a new role needs to be created. By selling them on how you fit their needs, it will show them that you are determined to secure the job.
Finish it off nicely
In the last section of your cover letter, include a couple of sentences on how they can contact you and when you’ll be following up. I strongly recommend following up with the recruiter or hiring manager as they go through hundreds of applications and there’s a good chance they might not remember yours, even if it’s a good one. Following up one to two weeks post sending your resume will make it easier on them and shows how much you want the position.
We know cover letters aren’t the easiest things to write but myself and the team at ACM Healthcare are always here to help. If you want more information or advice about writing cover letters or resumes, please feel free to send me an email at email@example.com