Would you like to increase your success rate when applying for jobs? If you are actively applying for roles, how successful are you at securing an interview? If you’re feeling a bit demotivated by the whole job search process or are starting to think about applying for roles, I am here to let you in on a little secret… your cover letter is a key factor to your job search success.
In fact, your cover letter is an essential tool when applying for advertised roles. It is the first point of contact with the hiring manager, whether that be a recruiter or the decision maker recruiting on behalf of their department or organisation. It has the power to determine your fate and whether you get your dream job. I know this sounds dramatic, but it’s true! The quality of your cover letter can influence whether your job application is placed in the YES pile or the NO pile.
The good news is that my proven approach to writing cover letters gets all of my clients invited to the all important job interview. So let’s go through the key factors you need to consider when writing your cover letter so we can make sure this powerful piece can get more recruiters and hiring managers putting you in the YES pile when they read your next job application!
Letz Create’s Proven Cover Letter Checklist
Every single role you apply for must have a cover letter tailored to that role, with the letter to a person rather than just the general Sir/Madam. This means you need to take the time to research the role and company, or the recruiter who may be representing the company, and do your best to find the name of the key point of contact who will be reviewing the job applications.
Key information to include when you set out your cover letter is:
- Your address and contact details usually on the right side at the top
- The employer’s (or recruiter’s) name and address usually on the left side
- The date
- Dear (insert Name)
- Personalised and relevant information
- Address all key selection criteria in a table
- Mention resume and sign off.
1. Highlight the Right Information
Make sure your cover letter is highlighting the right information so that a potential employer gives you the big tick for the interview. I suggest you put yourself in the hiring manager’s seat. Make your cover letter easy to read and respond specifically to the requirements of the role, in summary form.
2. Respond to all Key Selection Criteria
There is a lot of advice on how to provide a snap shot of relevant skills, qualifications and experience. The proven formula I have used that’s led to success with my clients, is to address all Key Selection Criteria ‘head on’ in a table that highlights how your experience, educations and skills meets the requirements for the role.
With this approach you actively demonstrate that you understand what they are looking for and how you meet the criteria. It is tailored, to the point and easy for the prospective employer to put you in the YES pile.
3. Reference your Resume and Finish with a Call to Action
Then mention that your resume is attached and finish with a call-to-action such as requesting an interview or asking to meet before signing off politely.
If you wish to learn more about my proven approach, please contact me for a 15 minute complimentary Career Chat to discuss how to get the big tick and on to more YES piles. Click here to book a time today,
Looking for more?
You may also be interested in viewing my free webinar, Job Search is More than a Resume. In this webinar, I take you through the steps on how to prepare for a successful job search, including:
- How to prepare a stand out Resume
- Writing a winning Cover Letter
- Interview secrets explained
- The importance of LinkedIn
- Networking online and offline
- Jump Start Your Career
Click here to access the free Job Search is More than a Resume webinar.