Your cover letter is your introduction to your resume … and to you as a candidate. It shows your interest in a position and makes a personal connection between who you are and why you’re the right person for the job. Use the following tips to strengthen your cover letter and land an interview.
The most important element of your cover letter is the last one: the confident statement where you ask for an interview. It should leave the reader feeling that you are the best selection for their next hire.
Research has shown that job seekers who ask for an interview in their cover letters are twice as likely to get one. Close your cover letter with a strong request that will help you land an interview.
- Let your passion show. Your statement should illustrate your ability to fit into the company’s culture, and how your personality and work ethic are precisely what they are looking for. You might say, “I am very excited to learn more about this opportunity and share how I will be a great fit for ABC Corporation. I will contact you next week to follow up on my application and arrange for an interview.”
- The most essential part of your closing is your call-to-action statement. Don’t end your cover letter by saying simply that you “hope to get in touch.” Explain exactly when you will do so – and, make sure you follow through.
- Describe what you find attractive about working for the company. “I believe this is a position where my passion for this industry will flourish because of the opportunities you provide for your employees.” This shows how much thought you’ve dedicated to applying for the job.
- Make it clear how the employer will benefit from your experience and skills. “I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my qualifications will be beneficial to your company’s success.” Emphasize how your goal is to help the organization succeed, not how the position will contribute to your personal success.
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