We get it, it’s difficult to know specifically how to make your cover letter stand out for each job you apply for.
In addition, we know that many often wonder if cover letters are really necessary. We typically find that if a company really does not want a one, they will state so in the job description. So if there is no mention of it, err on the side of caution and submit a cover letter with your resume.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, we want you to create an amazing cover letter that will help you stand out from all the other job candidates.
Here are three simple cover letter tips to get you hired…or at the very least a job interview:
Highlight Important Skills
Many hiring managers will have their own list of keywords that they look for, depending on job and the level of the position. But typically if you have the following skills, it’s recommended that you highlight and elaborate on them. These skills are pretty universal, but sought after:
- Administrative skills
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Customer/Client services experience
Use Descriptive Words
While we understand that you want to use a phrase like, “I’m detail-oriented”, we beg you not to. There are lots of overused phrases in cover letters and resumes and that is one of them. Instead use more descriptive words. One alternative would be, “I have an enormous capacity for attentiveness; I often notice small details that otherwise get overlooked”.
Emphasize Active Verbs
Hold on, you’re in for a mini-grammar lesson. An verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. Now if the subject of the sentence is doing the action, then the verb is active. Got it?
Here are examples of active verbs that you should use in your cover letter:
For more resume and cover letter tips, remember there is always a professional staffing company willing to help you. So if you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth and are in the IT industry, check out Maxsys Solutions.