While the importance of writing an effective resume is widely known, the cover letter is often overlooked. There is no “right way” to write a cover letter, especially as they are a chance to showcase your creativity; however, there are some things that are not recommended to do. A cover letter should effectively and concisely explain why you are a good fit for that particular position. A cover letter is not something that should be mass produced and sent to every position you are applying for. The cover letter is a chance to connect the dots for the hiring manager as to why they should interview you for the position.
I recently had a cover letter come across my desk that was approximately four sentences long. It very concisely, but effectively, explained why their resume should be strongly considered for the position, despite not having the most recent experience in the particular industry. While I may not have considered this candidate’s resume without the cover letter, the letter convinced me to proceed with the candidate.
Vivian Giang, of businessinsider.com, has put together seven steps to writing an effective cover letter. Read the article, “7 Steps To Writing A Cover Letter That Will Actually Get You An Interview,” to better understand how to utilize the cover letter as not a waste of your time, but a tool to get you an interview.