What is the reason you require a cover letter in the first initial place? Simple. In order to convince the reader to go on to your resume, and then suggest to be invited to an interview. If the cover letter you submit is exceptional, the person reviewing it could skip straight to an interview. Therefore, you must create the most impressive cover letter you can.
Here’s where the majority of people get it wrong.
In the majority, often, it is the case that job seekers compose their cover letters without having a particular audience in mind. They intend to write a generic, unspecific cover letter to be able to apply to a variety of posts and jobs. However, this strategy rarely works. What the authors end up getting is just a dull and boring cover letter with no specific details or examples.
For instance, here is what you’ll discover within the body of these poorly written cover letters:
“For the last few years, I’ve served as the team leader for the sales department in Really Big Co., Inc. In this position, I was in charge of managing sales-team members, finding new accounts, and also recommending hiring new employees. Over the course of my time as a salesperson at Really Big, sales and accounts increased drastically. I have also been awarded the famous region Three salespeople of the year award three times in a row.”
Do you see the issue?
There are only a handful of details that are concrete, but not a single illustration is to be found anywhere. The information isn’t obvious. The cover letter doesn’t really explain to the reviewer what the candidate can contribute to your firm (benefits). It happens nearly often because the cover letter writer didn’t have a particular target audience in mind. Therefore, the cover letter isn’t straightforward and rarely an interview to get the job accomplished.
A similar idea is better:
“For the last seven years, I’ve been the sole leader of the sales team of Really Big Co., Inc. This was a position I loved immensely and in which I did exceptionally by gaining new customers and increasing the profits of Really Big. I was in charge of hiring, recruiting, training and supervising a team of not less than 60 sales reps in an area of sales that included five states. In addition, I landed a minimum of two brand new customers every month, but my highly motivated sales team was able to grow sales by an annual average of 13 percent each quarter. Take a look at the fourth period of the 2009 quarter. I was able to secure deals with ABC Company and XYZ Company and increased the sales revenue in that period in the amount of $1.3 million. If you’re searching for an effective team leader who will achieve tangible results, such as new clients, more sales, and an improved overall bottom line, I’m the candidate to think about.”
Do you now notice how this paragraph is superior to the one before?
It is essential to create a clearly defined audience in mind and include lots of particulars and illustrative instances. If you are making an assertion, prove it by not letting it just on the table without a solid foundation. So your cover letter, your skills/qualities and your experience will make you more likely to be able to stay in the mind of the reader. Naturally, this can significantly enhance your chance of being invited to an interview since you’ll be different from other applicants.