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Cover Letter Writing Checklist

After a successful job search, you have a flawless resume and a list of desired jobs. However, you find the job posting requires a cover letter. You’re now stuck trying to figure out how to compose a cover letter. Writing a cover letter is easy and can help you land the job you deserve. We have everything covered.

Now let’s begin with the fundamentals!

What is a cover letter?

A one-page document that you submit with your job application is called a cover letter (with your CV or Resume). Its goal is to give a brief overview of your professional background and to introduce you.

An effective cover letter can pique the interest of the HR manager and encourage them to review your resume. Conversely, a poor cover letter could indicate that your application is being thrown in the trash. Therefore, knowing how to create a strong cover letter is crucial to ensuring that this doesn’t happen.

Remember that a cover letter should be used in addition to your resume, not instead of it. Therefore, you do not simply repeat your CV.

Writing a cover letter could seem difficult if this is your first time writing one.

All you need to do is adhere to a tried-and-tested structure:

  • Header: Your contact details
  • Greeting the hiring manager
  • First paragraph: Highlight two or three of your greatest accomplishments to draw the reader in
  • In the second paragraph, briefly state why you are the perfect candidate for the position
  • In the third paragraph, briefly state your qualifications for the company
  • Closing

Craft the Cover Letter And Land the Job

Choose the Best Cover Letter Template

Making a solid first impression is the key to writing a strong cover letter.

The better way to make a good impression is a visually appealing, well-formatted template.

Header

A cover letter should start with your contact information, as it does with a resume:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Date
  • The hiring manager’s name and title
  • The company that you are applying to

You might also think about including:

Social Media Profiles, related to your area of expertise. LinkedIn, etc.

Hiring Manager

You need to start composing the cover letter’s contents as soon as you’ve accurately provided your contact details. The hiring manager should be the recipient of the cover letter. You want to demonstrate to your prospective employer that you have done your homework and that you are extremely excited about working with their team.

To do this, there are multiple approaches:

  • The easiest way to find the relevant department head is to search LinkedIn.
  • You can also look through the corporate website.

Are you still having trouble finding the right person?

Here are several other greetings you could use:

  • To whom it may concern
  • Dear (Department) Team
  • To whom it may concern

Not the very well-liked “Dear Sir or Madam.”

Write an Attention-Grabbing Introduction

When it comes to your job search, first impressions count. It’s unlikely that they will read each and every cover letter from beginning to end. Therefore, it’s critical to grab their interest right away in the opening paragraph. The most common issue we observe with cover letter introductory paragraphs is their overwhelming genericity. The most of them resemble this in some way.

The only thing that really says anything in your first paragraph is that you have previous experience with the position. Who else has comparable work experience, do you know? Almost every applicant.

Instead, to truly capture the reader’s interest, you should begin by highlighting two or three of your greatest accomplishments.

Suitability for the position.

Here’s your chance to shine professionally and show the HR manager that you’re the best candidate for the position.

Identify the most important qualifications for the position before you begin writing. Review the job ads and determine which duties are most important.

Explain why you are the right person for the company

As a start, you want to do some research about the company.

Now go ahead and Google. Their website or other online resources are likely to include all the information you require.

Next, you should write a summary of your positive impressions of the company.

Being generic just to have something to write about is not what you want to do in this situation. This is one that most job applicants seem to get wrong.

If a recruiting manager reads this, they will cut right through the filler.

Thus, be sure to conduct extensive research and be ready for the answers to why you’re applying.

Finish up your cover letter

It’s now time to compose the conclusion and wrap up your cover letter.

If you were unable to conclude in the preceding paragraphs, do so now. Are you running out of things to say? Is there any more information that the hiring manager might use to inform their decision? Bring it up here.

Express gratitude for the recruiting manager’s time.

Being kind never hurts, as long as you avoid coming out as overly dependent.

Your cover letter’s final sentence must be a request for action. Asking the hiring manager to do anything is a good idea.

Select the appropriate formal closure

Once you’ve finished writing the last paragraph, all you need to do is sign off with a professional “goodbye.”

You are welcome to utilise one of the most widely used cover letter conclusions:

  • Thank you,
  • Warm regards,
  • Sincerely,
  • Regards,

And now we’re all finished!

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Champagne Recruitment’s Final Thoughts:

Your CV and cover letter matter. Your entire application is useless if either of them is weak.