Creating a Professional Cover Letter

A professional cover letter is not difficult to create as long as a few rules are followed. Do not type a cover letter that is longer than one page. This will not impress anyone who will be receiving hundreds of applications for the position. A long cover letter suggests that a person’s resume is not full. It also suggests that maybe the person is not qualified for the position because they are adding accomplishments that are not relevant to the position. A one page, concise cover letter will be enough for most employers to make a hiring decision or at least determine who will be interviewed for the position.

A professional cover letter should only contain necessary information. It should answer any questions asked in the advertisement. Do not add information that was not asked for. Things like time spent at last job or salary requirements. If this information was requested, then provide it. If not, save length of job information for the resume. Cover letters are a way to introduce oneself to a company. They are not to be used as a way to give out all information about a person. Do not give all information about oneself in the cover letter. Be concise, be honest, and answer all questions, but save some information for an interview.

If it is asked to explain accomplishments or experience at one’s last job that would be useful for the new job, explain the situation and how you were involved in three or four sentences. A professional cover letter does not ramble on and on about nothing. The hiring company is asking the question because they are looking for the best candidates to interview. This can be a helpful tool for both employer and job seeker. A professional cover letter should be accurate and still sell one’s talents and positive qualities.


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