Day 4: Cover Letter

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Not all jobs require a cover letter as it tends to be more of a recommended document to compliment your resume and application. Adding on recommended documents to your application can allow you to stand out in the job hunt, so long that the information provided is correct. Make sure to keep your cover letter one page and customize each letter for the hiring manager, company, and position for which you are applying. Use the cover letter to expand upon the points mentioned in your resume, not just reinforcing the resume. On the whole, just make sure that your cover letter does more to help your application, not hinder it.

Adrian Granzella Larssen of The Muse wrote about a great way to approach structuring your cover letter. It’s called a “Pain Letter” where applicants identify certain areas that their potential manager needs their assistance. This involves some research and discovering the company’s current practices as well as the goals and objectives in the job description. If you can identify points of improvement that may resonate with your future manager, it may really improve your chances as a candidate. This method allows you to showcase your skills and provide actionable feedback. According to an article in Forbes, applicants who use the “pain letter” get callbacks 25% of the time. It’s much higher than just applying to random job boards. 

Though some argue it may be outdated or not necessary, it is still a necessity to know how to write an effective letter. You do not want to jeopardize your chances at a job for making a mistake in your cover letter.

 

Share your journey with us by using #30DayJobChallenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! 

Not all jobs require a cover letter as it tends to be more of a recommended document to compliment your resume and application. Adding on recommended documents to your application can allow you to stand out in the job hunt, so long that the information provided is correct. Make sure to keep your cover letter one page and customize each letter for the hiring manager, company, and position for which you are applying. Use the cover letter to expand upon the points mentioned in your resume, not just reinforcing the resume. On the whole, just make sure that your cover letter does more to help your application, not hinder it.

Adrian Granzella Larssen of The Muse wrote about a great way to approach structuring your cover letter. It’s called a “Pain Letter” where applicants identify certain areas that their potential manager needs their assistance. This involves some research and discovering the company’s current practices as well as the goals and objectives in the job description. If you can identify points of improvement that may resonate with your future manager, it may really improve your chances as a candidate. This method allows you to showcase your skills and provide actionable feedback. According to an article in Forbes, applicants who use the “pain letter” get callbacks 25% of the time. It’s much higher than just applying to random job boards. 

Though some argue it may be outdated or not necessary, it is still a necessity to know how to write an effective letter. You do not want to jeopardize your chances at a job for making a mistake in your cover letter.

 

Share your journey with us by using #30DayJobChallenge on Facebook, TwitterLinkedin, and Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! 

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