So, what’s the point of a cover letter? Well in most cases, your cover letter goes hand-in-hand with your resume, and is meant to elaborate on the key points (relevant to the job description) made there. In general, you would want to pick from those experiences which most closely match or parallel the requirements of the job, and expand on your responsibilities and accomplishments in the cover letter.
As I’m sure most of you have experienced by now, tailoring a cover letter to:
– make sure it flows!
– cover aspects of my experience & how it relates to the new job…
– make it enticing & captures the hiring manager’s attention
Is quite a tough task!
In fact, just looking through my hordes of CLs through the years – a few glaring mistakes & inconsistencies have popped up!
Here are some mistakes you will probably make when creating a CL! Take note & make sure you always check for these in the future. If you’re working off of a general template, you may wish to work through that as well.
– Read through the CL and remove anything which doesn’t relate to the job.
For instance, if the job you’re applying for involves project management and you’re trying to relate skills obtained while working as a cashier or teller, cut it out. Instead, focus on the relevant experience you have gained from collaborating in school groups, previous team projects, or expand on the job with the most parallels.
– Hand someone else the job description & your current CL and ask them to cross out anything irrelevant.
Now, get cracking on revamping those cover letters! Happy editing!