SmartTalent - Write a Captivating Cover LetterOne of the most important parts of an administrative job search is having a captivating cover letter that introduces your background and resume. Bland cover letters will not get you far in the search for a new job, which is why you need to make sure your cover letter is up to par. If you follow the tips outlined in this post, your cover letter will sparkle and captivate readers when submitted as part of a job application.

Personalize the Cover Letter

It is imperative that you personalize any cover letter you submit for open jobs. Instead of addressing cover letters with “To whom it may concern,” you should find out the name of the person who will read the letter. When you know the name of the company that has posted the job ad, contact them to find out who the hiring manager is so you can address this person in the cover letter.

Get to the Point Immediately

A strong tip for a captivating cover letter is to get to the point immediately. Use the first paragraph to express your interest in the job, let the recruiter or hiring manager know why you are writing them a letter. A direct and interesting writing style will help get your letter read in-full.

Stick to One Page

Try to keep your cover letter to just one page in length. Unless your experience is immense, it is best to keep it short. If you have a massive background, do not limit yourself; keep it concise, while not focusing specifically on length. As a general rule, for recent college graduates or those who have been working for less than five years, one page is perfect for a cover letter. Short and sweet is often the key to success.

Express What You Can Do

Job candidates tend to make the mistake of asking what a company can do for them. This will get your cover letter placed at the bottom of the pile quickly. Instead, use the second paragraph of your cover letter to express to the company what it is you can do for them. If your skills or expertise fit in nicely at a company, make sure you let the company know everything you bring to the table and how it will help them reach their goals.

To receive help with your cover letter, or to discuss potential job opportunities, contact the expert recruiting staff at SmartTalent today.