|Cover Letter Tips
A cover letter is a letter of
introduction in which you present yourself to your
prospective employer. Of all the documents
that form part of your application, it will probably
be the first document that will be read. It
has to be clear, self-contained, simple and a good
read the first time around.
The cover letter should be
looked at as complementing your resume. The
two go hand-in-hand. Don't repeat what is
already in your resume. Rephrase, shed a new
perspective or emphasize what is in your resume
well-written cover letter will give a personal touch
to your application, draw attention to your
strengths and spark interest in the reader. A recruiter that is impressed with your
cover letter will pay more attention to your resume.
writing long cover letters and stick to what is
essential to advance your application. Address
issues that are not addressed in your resume, such
as why you are interested in the position, how you
became aware of the opening, etc.
Avoid going passed one page and a half, unless you
have very good reasons to do so.
Some experts argue that
a cover letter is at best
neutral. This means that most of the time, it is
that will seal the deal.
This view is not shared by everyone. For
applicants that have a weak candidacy, the cover
letter can often be the trump card to the
We hope that the cover letter tips in this section
will help you improve the cover letter that you
already have or, if you do not yet have one, form
the basis for your cover letter to be.