The Skinny on Cover Letters
Imagine you are an employer or human resources professional and it’s your job to wade through many, many job applications in the hope of finding just the right person to fit your company.
What’s the first thing you do? Skim cover letters to see which one to read thoroughly, before looking over the resume.
It may not be intentional, but when recruiting you can get a little fussy, particularly when there are a large number of applications. Getting your cover letter right is so important to making it through to the next stage of the recruitment process. Here are some tips to help you out:
What to include:
What to leave out:
After drafting your cover letter, get someone who has great attention to detail to read it. Sometimes you look at things so long, you automatically skip over the errors or omissions.
The last word: If you have to email your cover letter and resume, only use one file. Just copy your cover letter into the front of your resume (then check page formatting throughout doc). By including the documents together this will ensure they don’t get lost or separated at the other end.