Post # 1
I’m applying for jobs, although I feel like my cover letter could use a little spark. What have you done to get yourself noticed? If you work in HR, what have you noticed on a cover letter that made you want to call the person back? Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Post # 3
I always research the company’s mission statement and values. Then I tailor my cover letter accordingly explaining how my skills and personality fit in with the company’s mission.
Post # 4
Honestly, unless an application specifically asks for a cover letter, you don’t need to include one (unless you know this to be different for you profession, like a copy editor or something).
I am a corporate recruiter and receive hundreds of job applications each this week through the company career portal, Craigslist, CareerBuilder, etc. I don’t read cover letters, but head straight for the resume. If you’re submitting applications via email, it’s nice to have a short note of introduction and declaration of interest, but 92% of the time there isn’t anything in a cover letter than will speak more than the resume.
Post # 5
Just be you.Be open and honest why you feel you are right for the position. The jobs I have landed have been just that and as Ellegee says “short and sweet”.
Post # 6
If you can, include anything you may already know about the reputation of the company you are applying to (I’m assuming if you are applying, then you like the company and want to work there).
This really paid off for my Fiance who had always dreamed of working for a particular company, and really spoke to that in his cover letter. He was one of 10 interviewed out of 400 applicants and got the job.
Post # 7
I agree with ElleGee.
When I’ve posted positions, I don’t ask for a cover letter and I generally don’t read them. I may skim them, but that’s rare. However, when I did skim them, it’s usually not a good thing because it’s either a ridiculously long, drawn-out cover letter or a very poorly-written one that caught my eye.
If you do need a cover letter, it should be short and sweet and not repeat everything on your resume. It should be exactly pertinent to the company and include the reason(s) why you specifically want to work there and what makes them stand out as a company and as an employer. Are they a household name? Did they impact your life in a way that inspires you to want to work there? Are you really interested in this industry and they are a major player? You should also focus on what YOU can do for them and what you bring to the table. Companies want to hear how you will benefit them.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies. Yeah, all the jobs I’m applying for ask for a cover letter, although I’ve heard from recruiters that most of the time they don’t even read them….
@Ellegee: Out of curiosity, what is a good length for this sort of thing? I think I’m at about a page for most places I apply.
Post # 9
@Au Jardin: When a posting asks for a cover letter, the altering motive is to also judge your written communication – writing and grammar. Keep the letter brief and succinct, as you would regular business communication but still written well and obviously proofread.
I think 2-3 short paragraphs is a nice length. Don’t feel like you need to fill up a whole page – just include what’s really important that can’t be gleaned from your resume.
Post # 10
I read a lot of resumes and cover letters when my firm is looking to fill a spot.
First and foremost I look at the applicant’s writting style, grammer, and tone. I want to know they can write. Although we do ask for a writting sample, those are often haevily edited by someone else while the cover letter is almost surely the applicant’s own writting.
I look for mentions of experiences or qualities and values that are compatible with the firm and our approach to the industry. So definitly research the company’s mission statement and history and write about how your experiences or goals speak to that. THe cover letter is an oportunity for you to highlight something about yourself that doesn’t quite belong on your resume but is an asset nonetheless.
Post # 11
The cover letter is where you can communicate your desire for this position and your passion for the work. I agree with Ellegee that sometimes no one will ever read your cover letter, but just in case someone wants to see one, I would include it.