Are cover letters essential?
A professional Cover Letter is a must when applying for any professional position. You wouldn’t wear just one shoe to a job interview so don’t send your Resume without an accompanying and coordinating professional Cover Letter. Think of your cover letter as a strategic tool to entice employers to consider you for an interview. Therefore, it has to stand out from the rest. Because hiring managers review dozens of job applications every day, they look for specific content in cover letters that tell them the most about the candidate and meet their professional expectations.
The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce you to a prospective employer through a personal and professional narrative of your interests, qualifications, personality and why you are the best fit for the desired position. While your resume is the place you want to highlight and promote your career achievements, a cover letter is where you want to give the employer more insight into your attitude, personality, and work ethic. Employers use cover letters to gauge how an employee may fit within their company culture.
The first thing to consider when writing your cover letter is to make sure you take the time to tailor your cover letter to the specific organization and person (if possible) you are applying to. Research the company and pay attention to the job posting carefully to be able to offer valuable insight about yourself and how you will be of benefit to their company, as well as how you will fi in their company culture. Each letter should reflect professional aspects of your personality and enthusiasm for the industry you are in. It is a great idea to mention your personal drive and passion as they pertain to the position you are seeking, and to express pride in your work as well as what led you to embark on your professional journey.
A cover letter can make or break your chances of being selected for an interview. Make sure yours presents your background, expertise and personality in the best possible manner to give you the best chance of getting the interview.
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