Writing Services for applications: Cover Letter Writing Tips

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Application Writing Blogs | 0 comments

Lisa Thomas Writing Services understands that there is a lot of competition out there, whether you are applying for a job or a school course there will be tens, if not hundreds of other applicants.  As such it is essential that your application stands out and reflects your passion.  Attaching a cover letter that really sells you to perspective employers along with your application, could be what secures you an interview.

I know that the thought of putting together a covering letter can be quite daunting, but the fact remains that employers want to see and often request a cover letter .   Experienced in cover letter writing services, I have put together a brief list of what to do and what not to do.

Do:

  • Show your passion:  The cover letter should express your enthusiasm for securing the job or school program and make the reader understand why you have chosen to apply.
  • Show you’re a good fit: The job description will tell you the skills and experience required to make your application successful, and the cover letter is your chance to show you meet this criteria.   Consider your experience and demonstrate how you have used and/or gained the necessary skills in your cover letter.
  • Show how you could benefit: You want to show that selecting you is going to be beneficial for the company/school, consider your skills and how you can utilise these in the role/program you are applying for.
  • Do:  Keep your cover letter short and concise, no more than two pages.  Consider that there will be lots of applicants and therefore lots to read for those selecting a shortlist.
  • Do: Include information that is not on your CV but explains how you are a good fit, or why you have a passion, a cover letter should not be a rehash of your CV, it should tell more about you on a personal level.
  • Do: Talk yourself up, I’m not saying brag about your accomplishments, I’m simply saying don’t be afraid to sell yourself, and don’t sell yourself short.
  • Adapt from a generic cover letter:  Write a generic cover letter that displays your best skills.  Then as you apply for a job/program use this and adapt it so that it is tailored towards the the role/program you are applying for.
  • Do: Remember to read and re-read your cover letter, checking all the time for any errors.  Consider asking someone else to read it for you, they may be more likely to spot mistakes your mind inadvertently corrects.

Don’t:

  • Don’t include irrelevant information:  Avoid including any information that is not directly relevant to the application. If you include something that might be considered as irrelevant, say how it is relevant.
  • Don’t use every example:  Though I did say give examples demonstrating where you meet the criteria, limit this to two, maybe three examples, displaying different qualities.  Try to summarise all examples into one or two paragraphs.
  • Don’t waffle: Include plenty of information, but keep it concise, don’t waffle or your target audience may lose interest. A cover letter should be no more than two pages (that includes half a page of addresses, dates and sign-offs).

Follow these guidelines and you should create a suitable cover letter for your needs.  If you struggle to sell yourself, or have difficulty in knowing what to include, consider hiring professional writing services, like Lisa T’homas Writing Services.  Whether you want a cover letter proof read, a critique, or cover letter writing services, I can help create a letter that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Contact Lisa Thomas Writing Services or see my page of writing services for more information about my CV, Cover Letter and Follow-up Letter writing services.

 

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