7 Writing Hacks That Will Transform Your Cover Letter

By Kirstie McDermott

With so many job applications done online these days, surely a cover letter isn’t necessary any more? The truth is a little different, actually, and unless the job application explicitly asks you not to submit one, you should always accompany your resume with a cover letter.

It may be more work, but it can really pay off. That’s because, when done well, a cover letter will perform a few key functions. For starters, it can showcase your written communication skills, an extremely important aspect of many jobs.

It can also help you to add more context to your application; a good cover letter provides the hiring manager with further detail on how your skill set aligns with the job on offer, what you can bring to the team and why you want the position.

So how do you create a cover letter that will knock a hiring manager’s socks off? Here are seven things you should include.

1.   Customise it for the job

Tailor your cover letter to the specific job you’re applying for. Highlight the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the position, and demonstrate how your background aligns with the company’s needs.

2.   Start with a mission statement

You can stand out by doing one simple thing, according to Amy Hobley, executive recruitment manager at Sopra Steria. A strong mission statement is essential, she says. This should include what you are looking for, what’s your purpose, and what you are hoping to achieve from your next role.

“You might not have all the experience but if you’re willing to learn and grow and develop and pick up new skills, that sets you a good foundation.”

3.   Show enthusiasm

Express genuine interest in the company and the role you’re applying for. Explain why you’re excited about the opportunity and work in a line on how your values align with the company’s mission and culture.

4.   Quantify your achievements

Use specific numbers and metrics to demonstrate your achievements and the impact you’ve had in previous roles. For example, mention how you increased sales by 30% or how you improved a process that led to a 20% time-saving.

5.   Tell a story

Make it interesting: Explain your career journey and how it has led you to apply for this particular position. Share a concise story that illustrates your passion and qualifications.

6.   Highlight your soft skills

Don’t just focus on hard skills and your qualifications. Soft skills, such as teamwork, adaptability, and problem-solving, are valuable in any work environment, and are highly valued.

7.   Address any pain points

Research the company and identify any challenges or pain points they may be facing. In your cover letter, address how your skills and experience can help solve these issues, demonstrating that you’ve done your homework and are genuinely interested in contributing to the company’s success.

Once you’ve proofread your cover letter meticulously for grammar and spelling errors, you’re good to go. If you are ready to apply for a new position, then discover thousands of open roles on the Professional Beauty Job Board, like the two below.

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