For many job seekers, cover letters can be the most difficult aspect of a job application. How can one write a professional cover letter that highlights skills while also showcasing the individual’s personality and creativity? The cover letter is the one document that can make the most creative and talented professional seem uninspired.
Don’t let your creativity get lost in the content of a dull cover letter. Ensure that your cover letter stands out with a unique voice and design that shows off your personality and also matches the feel of your resume. The goal is to make the recruiter intrigued to learn more about your work through your writing style and design.
Here are a few quick tips to spicing up your cover letter content and ensuring the reader’s attention is captured the whole way through:
1. Start with a clever attention grabbing opening line.
You can describe your passion, your love of the company or a skill that could set you apart from the rest of the candidates. For example, an event planning professional could start with saying “I have always been known for being the “hostess with the mostest,” so I decided to take my natural skill for throwing an over the top party and make it a career. Now, with over 5 years of experience planning corporate functions, I’m ready to take my career to the next level and would love to do so as the Lead Event Manager with [Company Name].”
2. Keep their attention with quantifiable achievements.
The reader now knows about your passion, so now it is time to tell them how you have successfully put that passion to good use. For example, the event planner could highlight that they planned a weekend long retreat with over 2,500 guests in attendance. Numbers grab the reader’s eye. The more a candidate can quantify, the better!
3. End with a closing remark that shows knowledge of the company and how you can help meet their goals.
Now that they know you, it is time to show that you know what they are looking for and that you can make it happen. To keep with the event planning example, the candidate could close with a remark such as “I know that you are looking to manage and create the most memorable, creative and unique events in the industry and I am prepared to take this goal and make it a reality.”
Keep in mind that the purpose of a complete job application is to make it as simple as possible for a recruiter to realize that the candidate is qualified and will be an asset to the company. A cover letter should provide concrete evidence that you have the experience to meet the qualifications laid out in the job description, which is why it is important to individualize each cover letter instead of using a “one size fits all” approach.
The professional cover letter writers and designers at Elevated Resumes can assist in creating amazing designs and compelling content that can be utilized for the industry that you are interested in but can also be easily updated for each position. They will also provide guidance on how to identify the key skills to pull out of each job description and how to incorporate those into the template provided. This will allow you to gain a whole new skill set when applying to jobs and will ultimately make you stand out as a qualified and prepared candidate.
Submitting one complete, cohesively designed package will show that you are committed to taking the next step in your career while also showing off your individual style!