Letters by Sector
An effective cover letter should be tailored to each specific job sector, all the details and information listed should portray the candidate as someone that truely wants the job. But how can you make a tailored cover letter stand out?
A tailored cover letter should not sound like a generic one. Be as specific as you can and demonstrate your knowledge of the company. Research the company using its own website. For each job, revise your cover letter. Focus on the relevant job experiences and skills. For instance, an employer for an IT position probably wouldn’t be interested in your drama skills.
Keep it brief. Your letter should not go over one page. Use short paragraphs and bullet points whenever possible. Avoid using flowery words to get to your point – be clear and straight-forward and your recruiter will appreciate it.
Lastly, your cover letter, even the right points are there will end up in the trash if you don’t proofread it. Typos are the death of your cover letter. Check the grammar, spelling and especially the names they’re addressed to. Have somebody else read your letter—they can pick up on things missing from your letter. Before mailing, make sure you’ve included your resume and any other requested items.