When you see an advert for a job that you are really interested in, are you immediately put off when the company ask for a covering letter? Well, don’t worry, you are certainly not alone. Here at Colbern Limited, we are leading recruitment experts. And many of our clients feel that one of the biggest barriers to applying for a job, is the application process. This includes writing the perfect cover letter. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about cover letters.
What are the important steps for writing a great cover letter?
To write a great cover letter, you should consider:
- Researching the company
- Using the right language
- Asking someone to proofread
Researching the company
The best cover letters are those that are tailored to the company they are created for. In the technological era we currently live in, it shouldnt be too hard to find some key facts about the company you are applying to. By weaving this research into your cover letter, you will show you prospective employers that you know your stuff, and that you care enough to research. That’s a great start.
Using the right language
Every industry has its own jargon or technical language. If applicable, you should try and include this in your covering letter, to show that you have confidence and knowledge about the industry sector. And if technical details aren’t applicable, re-check the application pack or job advert for the language they use to describe the candidate they are looking for, and the job role. Then mirror this language back in your covering letter, to show you are the perfect candidate.
Asking someone to proofread
Proofreading is more than checking spelling and grammar, or typos. Most word processing software will do that for you. But proofreading can also help to define the tone of the letter, the structure of the information and help you make the right impression.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Colbern Limited.