Looking for jobs isn’t something I would consider to be enjoyable. It can be discouraging and frustrating, and that’s without the actual applying aspect. Applying for jobs is even worse than looking for them, in my opinion, due to having to alter a cover letter each and every time you submit your resume to a different application.
While I don’t have any tips or tricks pertaining to how to go about making the whole job search process less painful, I do have some knowledge about cover letters and how to create one that will knock the socks off of any employer.
It’s possible I’m being a tad over zealous, but in all honesty, I do know a thing or two about creating strong cover letters. I actually studied it in one of my public relations courses.
When writing a cover letter, it’s best to keep in mind that this is what is used to communicate to an employer why you’re worth hiring. People often treat cover letters like resumes, but your cover letter shouldn’t really contain anything that can already be found on your resume. A cover letter is basically an opportunity to brag about yourself and convince someone you’re a perfect fit for a particular job. Be careful not to come across as arrogant, but rather confident and assertive.
If you want to get an employer’s attention, explain to them why you’re a perfect fit for a particular job. Be sure to mention some of the criteria that’s included with the job description; for example, if the job requires serious attention to detail, incorporate that into your cover letter. If the job is best suited for someone who can speak multiple languages, work that in, too. Demonstrating your willingness to pull key points from a job description and apply them to yourself in your cover letter might give you an advantage over someone else applying.
Make sure to come across as yourself in your cover letter, too. Don’t be afraid to show who you are, and try to avoid using a lot of adjectives.
Keep it simple and straightforward, and don’t overthink it. Cover letter can be a pain, but they don’t have to be intimidating.